Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Prayers for the Promise Keepers Churches and Families in Northeast Florida Organize Spiritual Support for the Christian Men's March in Washington

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Prayers for the Promise Keepers Churches and Families in Northeast Florida Organize Spiritual Support for the Christian Men's March in Washington

Article excerpt

As thousands of Jacksonville men head to Washington for a day

of prayer, thousands of men, women and children in Northeast

Florida will be conducting their own prayer rallies.

In churches and in homes.

Individually and in small groups.

One Westside church, Evangel Temple Assembly of God, even will

have a big-screen television set up in its sanctuary so members

can watch the event via satellite.

The men are going to the nation's capital for the Stand in the

Gap rally sponsored by Promise Keepers, the evangelical Christian

men's movement best known for its stadium conferences.

Kathleen Stuart, whose husband, Jim, is attending the rally,

has spent several weeks organizing a prayer vigil at St. Andrews

Lutheran By-The-Sea in Jack-sonville Beach. She has signed up 36

people to pray at the church in 20-minute segments from noon to 6

p.m. tomorrow, while the men are having their prayer assembly on

the Mall in Washington.

Men from about 20 different churches are boarding a bus at St.

Andrews this morning. They are being sent off with a continental

breakfast. And they are being asked to write down their favorite

Bible verses and songs.

"That's so we can study and sing, as well as pray for them,

while they pray," Kathleen Stuart said.

But she hasn't stopped there. She's been enlisting people to

pray in their homes throughout the weekend, as the men are

traveling to and from Washington.

"I was in charge of a ladies retreat at the church last year,

and the subject was prayer and how it changes things," Kathleen

Stuart said. "That study got me thinking that we need to support

our husbands in prayer."

Since her husband became involved in Promise Keepers about a

year ago, he has become more committed to his spiritual

responsibilities, she said.

"We've always attended church, but I would say that I had been

more studious in reading the Bible," she said. "That's changed,

and now we are raising our 3-year-old daughter in a true

Christian household. …

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