The Ascent 121 Prayer Journey is an opportunity for you to drive through the near east side of Indianapolis and pray for areas affected by trafficking and exploitation. Through this experience you will learn more about the child welfare system, the juvenile justice system, different ways that teens are drawn into trafficking and recovery services that are available to survivors. Guided prayer stops allow you to pray for survivors, teens at risk, educators, social service providers, juvenile justice staff, law enforcement, ministries and organizations.
Your journey begins in the parking lot at the Indiana Department of Child Services and concludes at the Ascent 121 offices with a debrief for your group to process their experience. The Prayer Journey is intended for small and large groups. A parent must accompany participants under 18.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long is the Prayer Journey? The event begins with a group orientation and then you take a self-guided driving tour to seven locations around the city. The length of the event depends on how long you spend at each location.
Can I attend by myself? Yes. We find that the experience is more impactful with a car full of participants, however you are welcome to drive alone if you prefer. We usually have several singles at each event and give them the option to group together with a volunteer driver if they would like to participate as a group.
Can we bring the church bus? While it is certainly allowed, it is not recommended. We have found the Prayer Journey to be a powerful experience when everyone gets to participate – which is most practical in groups of 2-6 in a vehicle. A huge group traveling together would make it challenging for everyone to participate.
Why do I have to register in advance? We staff this event based on attendance. It’s very important to know how many are coming. There is also the possibility of cancellation in the event of inclement weather. We can’t alert you of that if we don’t know you are coming.
What if the weather is bad? In the event of inclement weather this event could be cancelled. We will text all pre-registered participants two hours before the start time on the day of the event to alert you of cancellation.
I’ve already been on the Journey. Can I come again? Absolutely. After participating once, many people come several more times to bring friends and family. Prayer Journey is a super way to introduce your circle of people to the issue of trafficking in our community.
I love Prayer Journey – how can I help? We always need consistent volunteers to staff this event as greeters, drivers and debriefers. Contact Stacie.Ballard@ascent121.org if you’d like to join the team!