A Region 8 Community Fights Back with Prayer

August 13, 2006 -- 10:10 PM CDT

DONIPHAN, MO -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the Doniphan School District two weeks ago for allowing prayer at a school assembly.

Members of the community are appalled at the lawsuit, and they're fighting back, ironically with prayer.

"We wanted to do something about it," said Pastor Donald Sanford.  "We wanted to let the community know...let the people know around the surrounding areas, that we believe in prayer."

Sanford and other church members in the area united at Doniphan High School's ball field...not to watch a ball game...but to pray.

"Our kids will be starting school tomorrow," said Lisa Hall.  "I have a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old going to be attending school here, and the one thing that we wanted to do was let everyone know that Doniphan is still praying for our school."

Parents, church members and community leaders prayed for their children, the school and the nation.

"We here in Doniphan, Missouri, love children," said Hall.  "We believe that if we can keep that prayer behind them, and keep Jesus Christ over them, and keep them safe everyday as they come into this school...that we as Christians have accomplished our goal here," she added.

Sanford said that the goal is to remind people that Doniphan is still a praying community.

"It just shows me that there's Godly people," he said.  "Churches are concerned and parents are concerned about what their children will go through in the school year."

A hearing for the case is scheduled for September 19.