Kansas City has installed prayer booths all around the city for residents who wish to call upon the Lord but don’t have time to go to church.
The Topeka News reports that since the booths were installed just a few months ago, they have been receiving over 100,000 callers each week.
“It is therapeutic, that is how we lobbied them through city council,” local pastor Reverend Miles Collier said.
“We said these prayer booths are not just for Christians, but for any person to take a break to close their eyes, ask out loud for what they need in life and just take a break from it all. It is like having a free counseling session.”
The booths may seem ridiculous to most, but Kansas city crime data actually shows that since their inception in inner-city testing areas several years ago, crime in these places has decreased in numbers nearly proportionate to those of people regularly using the booths.
This caused the city council to buy up more land to install these “public service monuments of arts and counseling to the people of Kansas City.”
Written on each prayer booth are clear instructions for use. Once the “kneelbar” is lowered, the caller positions him or herself within so others can pass by freely.
After praying, the caller returns the kneelbar to an upright position.
The booths also feature disclaimers that state that the device is installed for religious means and that improper use will result in a penalty or fine.
Kansas City’s success has prompted several other cities to purchase prayer booths, the Topeka News reports.
Artists have been using the structures to make public displays as well.