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Lincoln police watch over youth

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RestaurantDear Editor:

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 group.

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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 well.

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

[Posted May 02, 2009]

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