Approximately 25,000 attend prayer gathering at Jones AT&T Stadi - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Approximately 25,000 attend prayer gathering at Jones AT&T Stadium

Pray Jones 2018 (Source: Lubbock County Treasurer Chris Winn) Pray Jones 2018 (Source: Lubbock County Treasurer Chris Winn)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

On Sunday, March 25, Palm Sunday 2018, Jones Stadium served as the venue for Pray Jones Stadium 2018– a prayer gathering of hundreds of businesses, organizations and churches "unified in the belief that the sincere, heartfelt prayer of a people who call on the Name of Jesus can change lives, cities and nations."

It was expected to be the biggest prayer gathering in Lubbock since Billy Graham packed the Jones AT&T Stadium more than 40 years ago in 1975, bringing together about 30,000 people. Now, Pray Jones at Jones AT&T Stadium hoped to fill the stadium again with an even bigger turnout of 50,000 people.

Officials with the event say about 25,000 people were in attendance at the event, and more than 42,000 people watched it online.

This idea has been in the works for over a decade with Pastor Chris Gallanos of Experience Life Church and other organizations like Pray Lubbock.

"About 10 years ago, I had sensed that the Lord had put it on my heart to gather the churches in this town come together at Jones Stadium for a big prayer gathering," Gallanos said. "But I wasn't the first. Even before that, an organization in town called Pray Lubbock had talked about a time coming together at Jones."

When asked if there will be another Pray Jones event, Directional Leader Paige Allen said:

"A lot of people have asked us that question and we just kind of say 'I don't know. Let's see how this goes.' Our hope is that this - it's not just about the event but it would be a catalyst for the future of churches realizing we can work together really for the Lord and do something spiritually across West Texas."

Copyright 2018 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:10 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 3:16 AM EDT2018-04-23 07:16:18 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

  • Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

    Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:04 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:04:45 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 3:07 AM EDT2018-04-23 07:07:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michel Euler). France's President Emmanuel Macron walks out of the lobby of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, April 20, 2018, to welcome Senegalese President Macky Sall. Senegalese President Macky Sall is in France for a five-day visit.(AP Photo/Michel Euler). France's President Emmanuel Macron walks out of the lobby of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, April 20, 2018, to welcome Senegalese President Macky Sall. Senegalese President Macky Sall is in France for a five-day visit.

    French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing that there's no "Plan B".

    French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing that there's no "Plan B".

  • Average price of US gas jumps 9 cents, to $2.83 a gallon

    Average price of US gas jumps 9 cents, to $2.83 a gallon

    Sunday, April 22 2018 1:24 PM EDT2018-04-22 17:24:47 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 2:45 AM EDT2018-04-23 06:45:45 GMT
    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. (Source: CNN/TWITTER)The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. (Source: CNN/TWITTER)
    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. (Source: CNN/TWITTER)The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. (Source: CNN/TWITTER)

    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83.

    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83.

Powered by Frankly