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March 20, 2013

Standing together in prayer

March 20, 2013 — In September 2007 more than 3,000 concerned Carter County citizens held a rally in the streets of Grayson to take up arms in the war on drugs which had spilled over onto the doorstep of their small community.

Sadly, turning the tides against an unyielding foe is a slow process. Grayson Freewill Baptist Church Pastor Jim Varney is the first admit things have not go as well as planned since then.

Varney said there have been several positive changes in the past four years, but it has not been quite the massive change the group had hoped would come from their efforts.

In an effort to rekindle the fire, more than 60 concerned individuals, along with a dozen or so local pastors from multiple churches of varying domination, congregated on the campus of Carter Christian Academy to discuss the issue last Tuesday night.

New Beginnings Pastor Kyle Burchett said that the hope is “God will breath on those embers of the 2007 Enough Rally and reignite the passion for unity.”

Burchett went on to explain the goal is to “keep the momentum going and to establish fellowship among the body of Christ.”

The meeting is one of the first of what this group of pastors plan to turn into a monthly prayer meeting.

Pastor Scott Porter, one of the event's main organizers, said the first meeting was back in November.

Porter was proud to say “with just the handful we have seen participate so far we are already seeing change.” He is currently reaching out to other area pastors, hoping each event will grow in size.

Meetings will rotate locations between the east and west ends of the county each month, making it easier for more individuals to participate. The plans for April's location is still in the works.

During the Tuesday night meeting, the group was lead in multiple prayers by a handful of pastors and watched videos of transformation from around the world.

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