Prayer March From Boaz to Guntersville

Northeast Alabama
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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- With Easter a week away, some Marshall County church leaders marched from Boaz to Guntersville to pray for a new awakening.

This was the second annual One Church March for the Mountain.

"We started out in thunder and lightning and rain this morning, but God has provided us a good day," event coordinator Jon Henderson said during the fifth hour of the walk.

They began at 7 a.m. at the New Life Christian Center in Boaz, and ended at the Guntersville High School football stadium, a march of about 15 miles.

"Every step I go, man, the Lord gives me more energy and here we go because the message needs to get out.  There's a message of hope we're bringing.  We're getting outside our walls and we're bringing the message of hope," Henderson said.

Under the banner One Church, Christians gathered from different congregations among several denominations, and this year, many came from the hispanic community.

Fernando Rodriguez led a group from Luz a Las Naciones Christian Center.

"For us it's a big opportunity to unite with the white community and to participate in this and to glorify the name of Jesus," Rodriguez said.

A pick up truck with large speakers blasted praise songs in Spanish as well as in English, and youths riding on a truck behind marchers shouted "Jesus loves you!" at passing cars.

Henderson started this Awakening March in 2012 to call upon God for unity, to re-awaken the church and to fight against meth and drugs.  He said they need Jesus to walk through Marshall County, and some marchers carried crosses during their walks of faith.

"I think we're at a time in our nation where they've tried everything and the world's looking for hope and they've looked for it in all the places that wouldn't satisfy," Henderson said.

"It's time now that if you want something you've never had before you better do something you've never done before," he said.

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