Power of Prayer: Interfaith prayer vigil takes to Franklin Road
by Emily Boorstein
July 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 2591 views | 4 4 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carolyn Davis, of Acworth, came to Marietta on Saturday to join a group of people who demonstrated their praying power along Franklin Road as the group hopes to stop the violence on Franklin Road in Marietta.
Carolyn Davis, of Acworth, came to Marietta on Saturday to join a group of people who demonstrated their praying power along Franklin Road as the group hopes to stop the violence on Franklin Road in Marietta.
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A dozen people gathered on the side of Franklin Road on Saturday to let the community know “we are praying for you.”

Holding signs with that message written in Spanish and English, members of two different churches expressed the need to end violent crime in the area as well as encourage people to turn their lives over to God.

The Franklin Road corridor is lined with aging apartments primarily built in the 1970s and is largely considered blighted with high crime and transiency rates.

The idea for praying on the street came after two unrelated shootings took place in the corridor within 24 hours in May. Saturday’s vigil was the second one organizers have arranged since the shootings.

“Too many churches are stuck behind our four walls,” said organizer Willie Davis, an ordained elder at Greater Community Church of God in Christ in Marietta. “If we get out and pray, God will change things.”

Faith in the power of prayer was echoed over and over by the vigil participants.

“Prayer works for everything,” said Darlene Lewis of Marietta, who attends Greater Community. “It’s the only way to get things that seem impossible accomplished.”

Carolyn Davis, of Acworth, described growing up in a poor community in Knoxville, Tenn., “where they put you in a box,” because of the neighborhood she was from. She was praying for those on Franklin Road who might feel the same way.

“I believe in the power of prayer because I was one of those people who society said ‘She won’t amount to anything,’” she said. “With Christ coming into my life, I didn’t have to accept what somebody else thought I would be,” the retired Georgia Power employee added.

Patricia Hayes, of Marietta, had tears in her eyes as she prayed on the street. The Point of Grace Church International parishioner said she was “crying for the souls lost who need the Lord.”

Another vigil organizer, Point of Grace Pastor Reginal Moss, said, “I still believe this country was birthed on the power of prayer. We need to go back to some of our roots to help us do what we’re trying to do with the law and the government assisting.”

Attendees had mixed views on the city’s efforts to improve Franklin Road, which involve purchasing the aging apartment complexes, razing them and selling the land to commercial developers.

“In the name of Jesus, you are the answer more than mayors or the City Council,” Carolyn Davis prayed aloud.

She said if taxes are being raised to cause the residents to move, she didn’t see how the city was really helping them.

Willie Davis didn’t want to discuss the city’s involvement in Franklin Road, saying he was on the street to attend to people’s spiritual needs.

“We’re not here to regulate or arrest anybody,” Willie Davis said while stopping to shake hands with passers-by and wave at cars. “If I could arrest the devil and put him in Cobb County jail for life, I would.”

To inquire about future prayer vigils, contact Willie Davis at wcwn@bellsouth.net or Moss at (770) 693-2546.

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Too funny
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July 23, 2014
This is not the power of prayer; it's the power of people coming together to solve a common problem. There's nothing supernatural about it (since there's no such thing as the supernatural).
Twanamccants
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July 23, 2014
I know pastor moss personally. It's not the point of what people think, as u say u are only one person, from what I have known and seen the people of point of grace, are wonderful people number one they are a praying church, every comment was real and came from the heart. pastor Moss and the point of grace family always not some times, one way on Sunday , and another way on Monday thur Friday they are the same every day. and always do things from the heart. So him being out there when he could be selfish like other pastors, and play games Out of all the ministries I have ever been to in Georgia, no body can't not preach like bishop moss. I am very proud to know this man and if he does another one on Franklin rd. everybody needs prayer, that is fam more like mother and father my spiritual father so don't talk about him like that,thank u daddy Moss u and point of grace will alway be fam. And no one will ever talk about my mother in point of grace nor my father nor my sisters or brothers in that church
Just Wait
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July 21, 2014
Don't these people realize that the folks causing all the problems on Franklin Road could care less if anyone prays for them?
Put in a box
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July 21, 2014
Just because you grow up in a poor home doesn't mean you should commit a life of crime. It is about having respect for yourself and your family to get out of the life of poverty. I am tired of hearing excuses about, "I did that because I am poor." Please. They need to get rid of all those apartment complexes and start over. The crime began when the Hispanics and black moved in. EVERYONE in the US has the same opportunities to get a good education. It is what you teach your children and education begins in the home. That population believes it is the teachers job to raise those kids. That is the main problem. It is the parents job to make sure their children are studying and getting it done!
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