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Updated Apr 1, 2013 - 9:30 am

Valley drive-thru offers heavenly service

Bob McClay/KTAR

PHOENIX -- If you're planning on going through a drive-thru, there's one in Phoenix that's offering something completely different.

Usually, when you go through a drive-thru, someone asks "Would you like fries with that?"

But one of Hot Rod magazine's top 10 drive-thrus in the country is one that says "Let us Pray."

Thousands of cars pass the Living Streams Church at Central and Glendale everyday. That makes it a great place for the Associate Pastor (appropriately named Faith Cummings) and her volunteers to offer their drive-thru prayer.

"We have a great driveway that runs from Glendale Avenue to Central Avenue," Cummings said. "It's a perfect place for people to drive through and not have it be inconvenient, and we can pray for them."

And you don't even have to get out of your car. Cummings said that people are pulling up to pray for lots of things.

"Many times it's family issues," Cummings said. "People are going through divorce. Sometimes they'll have a family member or friend that's very sick. People often pray for finances. That's something that's been an issue the past couple of years."

Cummings said the church is doing this to share God's love.

"We want to simply have people know that God cares about them and loves them. That is one of the passions of my heart. I want people that have not known yet that Jesus cares… to find out and come to know him."

The drive-thru prayer is open 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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