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Strangers Meet for Prayer at Courthouse

Originally posted on The Jackson Sun by Aj Morris

The Madison County Courthouse lawn echoed with prayer Monday night when more than 50 residents from different parts of Jackson met to pray for the city.

What began last February as an impromptu meeting in a barn has since grown steadily around the city. A community of Christians from all walks of life, who share a love for Jackson and the nation as a whole, want to display that love publicly any way they can, starting with prayer.

Angela Snider was among the first of a group of Jackson mothers who were concerned with the violence they saw rising around the city and the world and were not content to sit idly by and ignore the issue.

“We had a group of moms that were heartbroken for our city, for our kids, for our schools, and we decided that it was time to do something about it,” Snider said. “So we started meeting in living rooms the night before school started and just got together to pray.”

The prayer meetings were inspired by an organization out of Austin, Texas, called the “IF: Gathering.” It is a Christian ministry founded on the idea of “If God is real, then what?”

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