A prayer walk and rally on July 4th at the old Lee County Courthouse in Tupelo

On July 4th across the state, churches participated in prayer rallies to pray for our leaders, race relations, and for unity. One rally happened at the old Lee County courthouse on Jefferson Street.

Posted: Jul 5, 2020 12:17 AM
Updated: Jul 8, 2020 3:52 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- On July 4th across the state, churches participated in prayer rallies to pray for our leaders, race relations, and unity. One rally happened at the old Lee County courthouse on Jefferson Street.

At 9 A.M., about 30 people gathered here at the old courthouse to pray and walk around it. The group who organized the event is called Mission Mississippi, a Christian group dedicated to healing racial divisions.

People gathered in front of the courthouse to ask God for wisdom, guidance, and unity for all people today.

“We just believe that prayer works. Prayer can go places that we can’t go. Prayer can change minds, attitudes and hearts,” Bishop Clarence Parks said.

Parks said he is grateful for the freedom to get to do this.

“We’re praying for our nation, [that] our nation will come together and be what God intended for it to be for all people,” Parks said.

Barks said there’s one thing he truly wants to see the world do:

“Just come together as a people.”

Ed Holliday is a co-chair of Mission Mississippi. He also helped organize the rally and prayer walk. He said unity is a powerful thing.

“As we pray together, we find out that there’s so many things that we have in common, and that we need to work together,” Holliday said.

Holliday said he hopes to see peace in race relations and throughout the nation.

“God works through prayer. We have an awesome God, and as we come together, we believe God really does move mountains,” Holliday said.

Attendee Delilah Chandler said she is grateful that she gets to be a part of this, especially during the pandemic. She said so many people need a refresher, a reminder that everything will be OK. The rally is helping her to spread that message.

“To make our city stronger, our nation stronger, and all our faith stronger toward God, you know, and because we’re all the same, no matter what.”

She said she thinks it means a lot to every one there to be able to do this, especially during the pandemic.

“How blessed we are to be here today, and you know, join together, even if we have to keep our distances, that’s ok, because God is with us through it all,” Chandler said.

“Being able to be here is a blessing.”

She said she is grateful she gets to be a part of this.

“Show that we stand for Christ, and that we love everyone. There is no partiality.”

The group’s main goals for the day included praying for the well-being of the nation, encouraging unity, and giving thanks for our freedoms on the July 4th holiday.

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