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Cry Out America will pray for first responders

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    Jones Countians listen to the prayers at Cry Out America to help uplift the nation. CONTRIBUTED

Cry Out America, a nationwide prayer initiative, will be held at Carol’s Park in downtown Gray on Sept. 11 at 9:11 a.m. to pray for society, the nation and remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Debra Hall, Cry Out America coordinator, said she’s excited about the event and she can’t wait to see people around Jones County show up to pray with others.

“Sept. 11 is coming up, and it’s the 20-year anniversary of the terror attack on our nation,” she said. “Cry Out America is a prayer initiative started many years before Sept. 11, but after that day, Sept. 11 was chosen as the day to meet and pray for society and recognize our first responders.”

She said Sept. 11 is on a Saturday this year, so they decided it would be a great idea to hold the prayer at 9:11 in the morning. She said the key to changing America starts with the Word of God, so she really hopes people show up.

“The Word of God tells us what we have to do. We just don’t do it. I’m no different from anyone else. I get distracted and have obligations, but we have to make God first again. It’s a battle,” Hall said.

The coordinator said she’s grateful to have the support of so many of the pastors in the community for Cry Out America. She said many of them show up, pray and give them their support. She said anybody can come to the event, no matter their denomination.

“It’s always good when the community comes together. This is probably one of the most righteous events in Jones County,” Hall said. “This will have a rippling effect. It will spread to other communities, across our state, across our nation, and all around the world.”

She said she hopes people will leave Cry Out America to continue to pray for the nation and first responders in their homes. She said she recommends people bring chairs to the park to sit in. If it rains, the event will be moved inside the courthouse.

“In our lifetime, there has never been a more appropriate time for this. Our country needs healing. It’s good to come together and console each other. The military and first responders need our prayers more than ever,” Hall said.

She said her favorite thing about Cry Out America is seeing law enforcement show up. She said she would like to see other emergency responders show up, too. She said she hopes to see a big crowd at Carol’s Park to pray over the nation.

“I think law enforcement and first responders who show up really appreciate this,” she said. “This is just once a year. People really enjoy this time to pray for our nation. We really do need to come together.”