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Hundreds gather for National Day of Prayer at Lake Loretta

For the first time, National Day of Prayer was held during the evening at Lake Loretta. (Source: WALB) For the first time, National Day of Prayer was held during the evening at Lake Loretta. (Source: WALB)
Jodi Mann, Organizer (Source: WALB) Jodi Mann, Organizer (Source: WALB)
Robert Greene, Pastor of Porterfield Methodist Church (Source: WALB) Robert Greene, Pastor of Porterfield Methodist Church (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

For the first time, National Day of Prayer was held during the evening at Lake Loretta.

The event stemmed from a single Facebook comment from Jodi Mann, a hair stylist, when she saw that a neighboring salon, Shabby 2 Chic, had been broken into and robbed at gunpoint.

"It hit home. We've seen so much violence," said Mann.

It led Mann to post an idea to Facebook saying how we need to be praying for our community, instead of fighting violence with violence.

"I think this city could use a lot of prayer, I really think that it is going somewhere," said Mann.

Her suggestion took off and Robert Greene, the pastor of Porterfield Methodist Church, said he was happy to stand behind her idea.

"It became sort of a movement in the air. We felt like the holy spirit was leading us, let's do this," said Greene

Leading them to send a message that it's time for the violence to end. 

"We're wanting to respond to the crime that we saw in 2017, a lot of homicides and that really breaks our hearts. One is too many," said Greene.

Hundreds showed up, who felt the same way.

"Stop the violence, stop the angriness, and you gotta calm down a little bit," said Dan McIssac, participant.

"It just shows you the concern that everyone else in the city has," said Mann.

Together in unity, hundreds trying to make a difference, and restore the meaning of the Good Life City.

"We have to care for each other, we have to pray for each other," said McIssac.

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