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I want to thank the Lincoln Police Department for
watching over our youth while they were on a prayer walk in the
evening of Friday, April 24, as part of a 30-hour famine.
The 30-hour famine focuses on poverty. The youth had collected
can goods and money for the Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry. The
30-hour famine is also an overnight spiritual mini-retreat. The
prayer walk was one of spiritual exercises that our youth did.
About 10 Friday evening, one group walked toward the hospital and
the other group walked to the city square. The groups stopped in
front of buildings where community needs are addressed and met. The
groups prayed for those who are suffering and for those who attempt
to alleviate their suffering. When one group reached the firehouse
for prayer, several firemen were out and joined the youth and their
sponsors in prayer. Little did they know that soon the firemen would
respond to an emergency call for a family member of one in the
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After the prayer walk, both groups returned to the church yard
and wrote the names of the places where they had prayed on balloons.
The groups prayed once more and then released the balloons to
heaven. The Bible speaks of the prayers of the saints rising to
heaven as sweet-smelling incense. I think God receives balloons as
Prior to the prayer walk, our youth director, Julie
Hinds-Jackson, contacted our police department and informed them of
spiritual exercise and requested a watchful eye from the police.
Julie and the other adults on the prayer walk noticed the police
several times, quietly watching over them. I thank the Lincoln
Police Department for providing security and comfort as our youth
prayed for our city.
In Christ's name,
Rev. Jame Hahs, pastor
First United Methodist Church
May 02, 2009]
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