CORDELE, GA (WALB) - A non-profit in Cordele spent the day in 12 hours of prayer.
Nearly 50 people, including Elbert Terry, Jr., were set to take time out of their work days Tuesday to step into silence and focus on Hand of Hope, Inc.'s goals.
"I wanted to see how it felt to be closed up in a room and pray to yourself and talk to God," said Terry, who left work Tuesday afternoon to lock himself in a microhouse behind the Hand of Hope building on S 7th St. "It's a good feeling to close off and talk to the Lord."
Glenn Jarrett and other organizers invited members of several churches in Cordele to the prayer vigil, planned for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, hoping people would not only spend time in prayer on their own, but pray specifically for the microhouses in which they prayed.
"I prayed for the blessings that the Lord has blessed me with," said Terry.
The five microhouses, one-room shelters with a bed and a chair, stand behind the Hand of Hope, Inc. building. They serve as a spot for people without a place to stay to lay their heads and rest.
"We want them to see that when they feel like they're at the end of the rope, that there's nowhere to go, that there's somebody here that's saying we want to help," said Jarrett. "We want to show you some genuine Christ-like compassion."
Terry prayed that the city of Cordele would rally around what he believes is a positive ministry to those in need.
"It's a good thing they're doing because everybody's got a place to stay," he said. "I hope the town and the people around it will appreciate what they're doing and contribute to it."
Hand of Hope, Inc. aims to make the 12-hour prayer vigil an annual event.