A Mississippi organization says its response to the recent shootings of black men and police officers is to do what they are committed to doing--Praying. MPB Desare Frazier reports.
"Heal our land, change us, grow us," said Haven.
Paige Haven of Brandon, a married mother of three, is on her knees praying for the nation. She says the recent shootings of black men and police officers like those in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas are heartbreaking.
"I've been in tears this week. I've been on my face at home before the Lord this week, praying God what do I do? What is my response as a believer," said Haven.
Haven is a member of Mission Mississippi, an ethnically diverse Christian organization devoted to racial reconciliation. Members gathered at 12 locations across the state yesterday morning to pray for three hours. Dolphus Weary is praying in Jackson.
"Father we join with groups all over this state and all over this country in praying for our healing," said Weary.
Mission Mississippi President Neddie Winters.
"I believe the answer to the conflict, the black and white issue, the police versus community, all of this stuff is prayer," said Winters.
Matt McGue, is pastor of a multi-cultural church called One Church, that meets at Ridgeland High School. He says prayer led him to give out water at a peaceful protest in Baton Rouge, last week after Alton Sterling, a black man, was shot multiple times and killed by white police officers.
"There was such an immediate family spirit at that corner store with over 2,000 of us standing together in solidarity," said McGue.
Mission Mississippi's Neddie Winters believes talking about race relations and praying in faith will change the hearts of men.