Karyn Adkins had more of a “pow” moment than a “wow” moment when she got the idea to start a Christian ministry.
Adkins said the phrase Prisoners of Worship (POW) just suddenly came to her, and she felt she was being led to action.
She and a friend, Christie Burdick, decided to begin their fulltime ministry in May 2016.
Adkins, a 1999 graduate of Glen Rose High School, and Burdick, who moved to Somervell County from Lufkin about two and a half years ago, call their work a street ministry. They said they reach out to deliver the Gospel of Jesus from the Bible to those who may be difficult to reach in some cases.
Locally, in addition to their street ministry, they go to Cherokee Rose Nursing and Rehab Center in Glen Rose, and to some area churches.
They said they are partnering with Guardians Care International to start a children’s choir at an orphanage in Uganda.
They sometimes travel to Union Gospel Mission in Lancaster as well as the True Worth Place, a day shelter for homeless people in Fort Worth.
They are state-certified to do prison visits to share the Bible message as well. They are planning their first prison ministry trip on Sept. 30, to the Mountain View facility in Gatesville.
Burdick and Adkins have started making and selling street tacos to help fund the ministry’s expenses and expand what they can do. They set up at the farmer’s market on the square in downtown Glen Rose last Saturday, and sold all 50 they made.
The two also had a successful start to their taco-selling effort. They delivered 150 tacos on Tuesday of last week for the staff members at Glen Rose Elementary School. They were ordered and paid for by Marilyn Phillips — a local businesswoman who is a former president of the Glen Rose Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.
The soft tacos are made with sausage, bacon, potato, egg and cheese.
“We make them, so it’s a labor of love all the way around,” Adkins said. “We say, ‘Eat tacos, spread the Gospel.’ “
Adkins said that when people hear the ministry’s name — Prisoners of Worship — “they kind of stop for a second,” and noted, “It always leads to a conversation. When it all came about, I just heard ‘pow.’ “
Adkins explained that they use the name because Christians were prisoners of sin before accepting Jesus as their savior.
“Everybody can be a prisoner of things they overcome — things in life you can easily be in bondage to,” Adkins said. “So when the Lord freed us from those things, then we became prisoners of worshipping and praising Jesus.”
Burdick, who graduated from high school in Louisiana, said she feels that the ministry fills a need.
“Jesus said he didn’t come for those who are well. He came for those who were sick and needed deliverance,” Burdick said. “We were one of those people that needed deliverance. He placed a love in us for all people, but specially for people who may be considered outcasts — the lost sheep. Those who are just kind of set aside. He wants to make them whole.
“We love to go in churches and minister, but our heart is just to go out onto the street. It’s nice to know you can bless people with love.”
Burdick said she was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, and had chemotherapy and radiation treatments at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston that slowed down the disease. Now she is receiving treatment in Granbury.
Adkins was working as a teacher’s aide at Glen Rose Intermediate School when the POW ministry began. She had just completed her certification to teach in Texas. Burdick had previously been a public school teacher in East Texas.
The two said they made one CD of Gospel music, partnering with producer Jack Johnson, with Adkins on vocals and Burdick playing keyboards. They are planning to release a second album in the next couple of months, they said.
More information about either the Prisoners of Worship ministry, how to pre-order their street tacos for Taco Tuesday Deliveries, or how to obtain one of their music CDs can be found by going online to their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/POWMusic/).