MASON CITY, Iowa – It’s not uncommon to see sweet corn stands on the side of the road or produce stands, but what about a free prayer stand?
“A lot of people ask what do you mean by free prayer? It’s basically that prayer is free, Jesus is free, salvation is free, and so they’re free to stop, if they want to, or free to drive on by if they want to,” said Emil Liko.
Emil and Karen Liko are from Storm Lake, Iowa and they’ve been traveling all over the U.S. as missionary evangelists.
“I was working at Intel at the time and the Lord says he’s going to put me through a job change. I lost my job three days later. We just really prayed about what the Lord wanted us to do. He said, sell our car and buy a motorcycle,” said Emil.
They’re in the area for prayer and the local PGI fireworks show. Pastor Bruce Ouverson, with Vineyard Community Church in Mason City, says no matter the reason, he is happy to see them.
“It’s just fun, it’s fun to see Karen and Emil work to bring the good news of the kingdom of God into this community,” said Ouverson.
All of it comes down to one mission, to be able to spread God’s word, and make a difference.
“We see people that just want to receive a blessing, we also see people who are on their way to commit suicide, and instead they stop and receive prayer.”
Their mission started back in 2003.