“Praying Across Alabama” Vigils in Fort Payne and Scottsboro

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) -- There were prayer vigils outside the DeKalb and Jackson County courthouses Tuesday.

About 100 people gathered in Fort Payne as church leaders prayed for healing and restoration, but while they mentioned Monday's storms, the event was already scheduled.

It's part of an Alabama Baptist Convention series called "Praying Across Alabama."

The 60-day event includes vigils at every county courthouse in the state, and concludes on April 26, the day before the two year anniversary of the deadly storms.

Phil Winningham works in the evangelism office of the State Board of Missions and had his message prepared before Monday's storms.  He asked people to pray to restore the land, which was a timely statement after winds whipped through the area again.

"It's been obvious for months and even years now that our nation, our land, Alabama, is in need of restoration," Winningham said after giving a brief sermon and leading a prayer.

"Over the years there's been some things going on, some changes taking place, and God gives us a promise when days like this come, that He will come and He will heal our land.  There's often times when he gets our attention and he's that especially the last few years in Alabama and yesterday was a big reminder of that with the storms," he said.

Mike Jackson, director of the office of leadership and church health for the State Board of Missions and prayer coordinator for Praying Across Alabama, led prayer at the Jackson County Courthouse.  He prayed specifically for those affected by the storms

"We realize that part of the recovery process is knowing God's presence is with you even through the storms and being able to find hope through that," Jackson said.

You can view a calendar of upcoming "Praying Across Alabama" dates and locations here.