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Community gathers to pray at Hawkins County jail

April 6th, 2014 9:11 pm by Jeff Bobo

Community gathers to pray at Hawkins County jail

Members of the community gather at the Hawkins County Justice Center Sunday to offer up prayers for the people incarcerated there. Photos by Jeff Bobo.

ROGERSVILLE — Ordinarily they're "Expecting God's Help," but on Sunday the Rogersville Christian organization was "asking for God's help" during the third annual Hawkins County Justice Center Prayer Walk.

There were 19 prayer stations set up around the perimeter of the Justice Center Sunday afternoon, each one designated for a specific prayer.

Dr. Blaine Jones, co-founder of Expecting God's Help, said he feels the prayers are being heard, not only by God, but by the people the prayers are intended to help.

"We've had inmates come and tell us later that they know we're out here praying for them, so we're going to keep doing it," Jones said.

In one case, following the inaugural Prayer Walk in 2012, the son of an inmate felt the prayers for his mother from across the country, Jones said

Jones received a letter from a Chicago man who said he could feel on that day that someone was praying for his mother, who was incarcerated in the Hawkins County jail.

That event happened to coincide with Mother's Day, and days later the man was astounded to learn that on the day he had that feeling the Prayer Walk was taking place.

Jones said he's seeing prayer changing people's lives for the better.

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