After days of frequent rain and more time to deal with grief caused by storm damage, blue skies and good news were welcomed at the Prayer Walk for Bethlehem House on May 3. 

The Walk was held at the building site for the new Bethlehem House. The land is located at 1 Parkway Ave., also accessible from the corner of Faulkner and Duncan streets. Bethlehem House Board President Mike Ford expressed the mood of the event. 

"We’re very excited about the lives that will be touched and the new opportunities that we will have when the new larger facility is built," Ford said. 

The Prayer Walk was hosted by the Capital Campaign Steering Committee and the board of directors of the homeless shelter. The Steering Committee is composed of local leaders who work toward the seeing the 20-year long mission of Bethlehem House continue. 

During the event, Johnny Adams said, "My wife Stacia and I are very proud to be co-chairs for the event and look forward to the day we can open the doors to the new expanded facility. We know the Conway community will be blessed for being a part of raising the funds for this worthwhile cause." 

Also serving on the committee are: Amanda Bledsoe, Dave Cronk, Don and Angela Greenland, Sonja Keith, Pat and Teri Murphy, Linda and Danny Linn, Greg and Charlotte Moix, Preston Scroggin, Kim Williams, Nancy Williams and Larry White. 

Committee member Don Greenland offered his positive thoughts, "The Steering Committee, lots of volunteers and supporters with prayer will get the ultimate support." 

Committee member Linda Linn stated her belief in the shelter’s mission, "I don’t think anyone could find a better place to give to than Bethlehem House. We have been so fortunate in Conway. If we can find any extra to give in time, money or whatever else we have, we should give so that no one has to go without." 

Those who would like to make a donation to help build the new shelter can mail a contribution, marked Building Project, to 930 Faulkner Street, Conway, Ark., 72034. All donations are tax deductible.

Bethlehem House is a non-profit Christian transitional shelter.