Prayers going out for schools and community

Published 10:04 am Friday, August 1, 2014

Mission Mississippi’s back-to-school prayer rally is coming up this Sunday evening, offering local residents an opportunity to pray together for the homes, schools and communities in Lincoln County.

The prayer rally will take place Sunday from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Railroad Park where Cherokee Street intersects with the railroad tracks.

Brookhaven Mission Mississippi supporters are encouraging a large turnout by inviting people to join them in praying to petition God to bless the children and youth, parents, families, teachers, administrators, other staff members and the school boards as well as the home schooling community in the Lincoln County area.

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Betty Harrington, Mission Mississippi steering committee member, said that the prayer rally is something the local Mission Mississippi group would like to see an as annual event, but as of now the rally is just a pilot program for the community.

“Starting a new school can be an adjustment for new students, teachers and administrators,” said Ward Four Alderman Shirley Estes, “but what better way to honor the occasion than to gather together in prayer as a community?”

Mission Mississippi began in 1993 in the state and continues to promote equality and unity for all races to live in harmony in Mississippi. Mission Mississippi was started by Christian leaders and business owners in Jackson to start promoting racial reconciliation in Mississippi and to give community members across the state an outlet to experience unity with fellow Christians regardless of skin color.

The Brookhaven group has been meeting monthly for more than a year now.

The idea for holding a prayer rally began last year with the statewide Mission Mississippi organization’s Glowing For Christ lighted cross project that involved Fellowship of Christian Athlete members carrying a lighted cross across the state to local communities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Mission Mississippi.

When the cross came through the county, a local prayer rally was held at the Lincoln County-Brookhaven Government Complex.

For more information on the Aug. 3 rally and how to become involved with Brookhaven Mission Mississippi, contact Harrington at 601-833-6042.