Cumberland Gap prayer service hopes to get God's help

Cumberland Gap prayer service hopes to get God's help


6 News Reporter

HARROGATE (WATE) - Thousands of people are expected this Sunday for Stand in the Gap. This prayer march and service is being held to pray away the problems of drug and alcohol abuse plaguing areas of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.

Participants will gather in three locations, and then walk to Cumberland Gap. Hundreds of churches have worked for months to get Stand in the Gap ready.

In all three states, bright yellow billboards, and smaller white signs line the road ways letting people know about the event. "Stand in the Gap . . . that is a big statement," said committee member Linda Lankford. "We are going to be able to Stand in the Gap as people of the Lord that will help the drug and alcohol issues in the area."

"It's a movement for us to repent," said committee member Edwin Robertson. "It's a pray walk. We will be going along this greenway you see behind me."

A majority of the people will meet at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, and then walk to Cumberland Gap.

The idea for the pray service here came after a similar event was held in Clay County, Kentucky. "It's a cry out to God to do what he has always done through history," said Robertson. "It is when his people becomes humble he hears."

Many of the signs and billboards were donated. There were also 2,300 shirts made for the event. Lankford has been helping distribute those. "I've been very overwhelmed the last week and a half," said Lankford. "A lot of people have been very interested and very willing to help."

Many people still question if praying to God will really help. "That's the only one who can help is the Lord, and we are very faithful," said Lankford. "He is very faithful to us, and if he would do what he wants us to do then he can do anything."

Organizers are expecting more than 3,000 people to attend Sunday's prayer service. Stand in the Gap will start at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, you can go to their Facebook page or call 423-300-1302. 

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