Press Release 3/23/20

AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK CALLS ON CHURCHES AND CITY OF AUSTIN

TO PRAY FOR ONE-HOUR EVERY MONDAY, INDEFINITELY, STARTING TODAY,

IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19  

March 23, 2020, Austin, TX – In response to the growing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the City of Austin, the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) is partnering with Unceasing Prayer Movement, Spirit 105.9 and HOPE Prayer Room, in calling on the churches of Greater Austin and Austinites to pray for one hour, from 12PM – 1PM, every Monday, beginning today, March 23rd, until the end of the spread of the virus. As of 4PM Friday, the coronavirus had infected 15,219 people in the United States with a total of 201 confirmed deaths, with cases reported in all 50 states according to the CDC.

The goal for this one-hour prayer response is to give Austinites an opportunity to unite together in prayer for protection from further spread of the virus and healing for those who have it. In addition to praying for the City of Austin, we are also asking Austinites to pray for cities throughout the nation and world.

The first One-Hour of Prayer event, which was held on Monday, March 16th, was watched by nearly 4,700 people. ADRN partner Spirit 105.9 also cleared their programming between 12PM-1PM to pray as an estimated 185,000 listeners tuned in.

ADRN is encouraging Austinites to stop and pray again, wherever they are, at home or at work, between 12PM and 1PM every Monday until the spread of the virus ends. Prayer points can be found at adrn.org/onehourprayer. ADRN will live stream the event from HOPE Prayer Room, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khrF3ZacEKs&feature=youtu.be. If reporters would like to attend the prayer event or schedule an interview with our Executive Director, Daniel Geraci, please contact Deborah Bowman at Deborah.bowman@adrntx.org.


ABOUT ADRN

Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of more than 190 greater Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers. ADRN’s network enables church members to organize, prepare and respond quickly in the event of a disaster, large or small. ADRN network churches, volunteers, business partners, local agencies and community organizations provide in-kind and monetary donations and additional volunteer assistance to enable ADRN to fund the rebuild/repair of survivor homes and provide immediate assistance to those in crisis. Since 2009, ADRN has brought emotional, physical and spiritual relief to more than 43,000 individuals, sponsored more than 3,100 families and given more than $16.0 million in disaster relief funds. Learn more at ADRN.org.