KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The uptick in cases and hospitalizations is so severe here in the Kansas City area that some local hospitals had to temporarily refuse ambulance services due to lack of space.
Two of the hospitals were part of the St. Luke's Health System, where Dr. Marc Larsen said our metropolitan hospitals are "bursting at the seams."
Many would argue now is not the time for mass gatherings, but a politician and religious activist named Sean Feucht led a massive gathering in Nashville this week and was in Kansas City today.
Hundreds of people came out to Mill Creek Park for two main reasons: to show love and also to praise God.
Rows and rows of people of all religious backgrounds and from all of the country were right here in Kansas City for the Let Us Worship event.
Jeremiah Herrera and his family took a two-hour trip from Nebraska.
“We love Jesus,” Herrera said. “We’ve always grown up in church and just wanted to spread faith.”
That’s something that locals attending the event feel is needed, as homicides and violence continue to rise here in Kansas City.
“We want to see the heartbeat of our city be one of peace,” said Corrie Manigold from Lee’s Summit.
“We are tired of the crime, the violence, and everything that’s going on,” said Brian Tichenor, Director of Team Xtreme International. “Everybody is against everybody, and let’s just come together and worship together.”
The man behind the event is California activist Sean Feucht.
“In seasons like this, where America is being fractured and pulled apart, this is the season that we really need the church to rise up and become a solution and answer of hope,” he said.
Feucht’s events that have taken place across the country have fallen under some scrutiny because of the mass crowds, the lack of masks, and social distancing,
Some even considering his events COVID super spreaders.
“This I believe is our forty-third city that we have been to and there is really no data that backs up that claim that these events have been a super spreader,” Feucht said.
The group said they recommended people wear masks and social distance. They also had masks available for people and hand sanitizer.
Many of those in attendance said they felt comfortable.
“We’ve been looking forward to him coming and we’ve kind of been on the conservative side of things,” said Jonathan Jarman from Shawnee.
“Hopefully, anybody sick stayed home and we are being responsible,” said Manigold. “But no, I didn’t have any fear coming out tonight.”