CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- People filled the steps of Cullman County Schools today for a Prayer Caravan. The gathering has recently been under attack from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. However, despite the controversy, the community rallied together for the cause.
"In the day and age that we live in, there's a lot of pressure in the world, but we know that the Bible teaches us--greater the seed that's in us that is in the world," said Fred Rivers, the pastor of Destiny Church.
Hands were held tight and heads bowed low as the community came together to pray for a safe school year. "It's a tough job," said Sean Woods. "I'm here just to encourage the teachers, the leaders of our children to just be there for them."
Bekah Lauren Clay was at today's event. She is excited to enter the 3rd grade this year at Vinemont Elementary and she felt that the Prayer Caravan was the perfect way to kick off the new year. "It was just amazing experiencing, all these people here and I was just amazed that everybody was praying for everybody at this school," she said.
The Prayer Caravan didn't let any backlash from the FFRF hold them down. "I'm actually thankful for what they did," said Pastor Tim Kenney. "We've prayed for the body of Christ to come together, churches to unite, people to come together to pray. In the last years, there's hardly been any attendance at these kinds of events and so I am thankful that they've--so to speak--kicked a sleeping dog."