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Local faith community leader plans to pray 60 non-stop hours for a violent-free Bikefest

Myrtle Beach Police and Horry County Police are making final preparations on how to keep visitors, and residents safe during Bikefest. There's a group of community faith leaders making plans for safety as well. (Source: Christel Bell). Myrtle Beach Police and Horry County Police are making final preparations on how to keep visitors, and residents safe during Bikefest. There's a group of community faith leaders making plans for safety as well. (Source: Christel Bell).
Organizers for the South Carolina Prayer Initiative plan to set up a prayer event starting Thursday into Memorial Day weekend. (Source: Christel Bell) Organizers for the South Carolina Prayer Initiative plan to set up a prayer event starting Thursday into Memorial Day weekend. (Source: Christel Bell)
This is the first year the group has formed, and their objective is to be right in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach Bikefest activities, offering prayer for the Grand Strand and the bikers. (Source: Christel Bell). This is the first year the group has formed, and their objective is to be right in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach Bikefest activities, offering prayer for the Grand Strand and the bikers. (Source: Christel Bell).

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police and Horry County Police are making final preparations on how to keep visitors, and residents safe during Bikefest. There's a group of community faith leaders making plans for safety as well.

Organizers for the South Carolina Prayer Initiative plan to set up a prayer event starting Thursday into Memorial Day weekend.

This is the first year the group has formed, and their objective is to be right in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach Bikefest activities, offering prayer for the Grand Strand and the bikers.

Jack Narvel, a missionary for Myrtle Beach's Youth with a Mission, is also one of the organizers of the prayer initiative. Narvel says the group which is consisting of more than 30 churches, mission groups, and other religious organizations from all over the Grand Strand will set up tents near the Boardwalk, and pray for 60 hours non-stop, with the help of volunteers.

After a violent and deadly 2014 Bikefest, organizers for the South Carolina Prayer Initiative said conditions have to change. "There is a culture of violence that seems to be rearing its ugly head from time to time. We just want to see God's peace come upon this community," explained Narvel.

Narvel said they want to put an end to not just the violence that happens during Bikefest, but to all the violence that happens year round. They want to accomplish it with the power of prayer.

Narvel added, "No murders, no shootings, just people having a good time, and loving one another."

Narvel explained the rally event will not just focus on prayer. They're teaming up with the Myrtle Beach Police Community Ambassadors Program to assist police officers by directing visitors, and providing information about the Bikfest traffic and safety.

"We're also going to be giving out water bottles. We want to make people feel comfortable by offering bottles of water to passersby. If somebody says they would like some personal prayer we can do that too, but our primary focus is just to ask God to be in this city, to protect this city, and to bless this city, and it's the whole Grand Strand," said Narvel.

Narvel stressed the prayer initiative is not about getting rid of Bikefest or bikers. "We're not against Bikefest. We're not against Bikers. We want to see them come to the Lord. We want to see them having a peaceful, fun time," Narvel said. "We just want to pray against violence if you will, we want to pray for peace, and that more people can come, and enjoy themselves, and not hurt one another," Narvel added.

The South Carolina Prayer Initiative will set up May 21 through May 23. The last meeting to finalize preparations is scheduled for May 9.

They encourage others to join them. If you would like more information about the prayer initiative contact Jack Narvel at 843-655-7084 or Nicki Hill with Christ United Church at 843-236-6201.

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