DENISON — Unity Missionary Baptist Church in Denison has inaugarated its “Kabsu Kim” community prayer box and is inviting prayer requests from the public. The prayer box is named in memory of the late Kabsu Kim, the church’s missionary that took trips to Japan.

Kim served in that ministry for 37 years.

Citing “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” James 5:16, the church initiated its new outreach in response to its belief in the power of prayer, coupled with perceived needs within the community.

“Our church has become burdened about meeting the needs of our community and started an outreach committee earlier this year,” Unity Missionary Baptist Church Secretary Penny Carruth said in a recent email. “The prayer box was suggested as a small step in moving Christ’s love outside the church walls. We know that prayer can reach far and wide and can meet needs in unimaginable ways.”

Adding that the prayer box is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Carruth stressed that it is secure and easy to use.

“The prayer box is open to anyone in the community that has a need they would like for us to pray about,” Carruth’s email said. “Individuals are invited to come by and place their written prayer requests in the locked box located on church grounds. Prayer cards and pens are available at the prayer box, or the request may be written ahead of time and just dropped into the box.”

She explained that a team of prayer warriors will pray over each request. She added that if a person wants to receive a response from the team, he or she may include his or her name and address, or email, with the request. There is no obligation on the part of those making requests and all prayer requests are kept confidential.

“We thought the prayer box would be a non-threatening way that we could minister to others,” Carruth said. “People want to know that someone cares and that they matter. It is a way to cry out in time of need and know that someone does care and that you are being lifted up in prayer without any strings attached.”

In speaking of the prayer ministry’s origin, Carruth pointed to a recent prayer event, national in scope, while also stressing the importance in God’s sight of every prayer.

“Prayer Box was dedicated May 3,” she said. “The date was chosen to close out our revival time and to coincide with the National Day of Prayer (May 4). Since the dedication, we are seeing several requests per week. Regardless of the number of requests, each one is important to God.”

Unity Missionary Baptist Church is located at 1900 S. Woodlawn in Denison. For more information, call 903-361-3888.