8,000+ march, pray against drugs in Cumberland Gap

11:44 PM, Nov 6, 2011   |    comments
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Thousands of people from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia joined together in Cumberland Gap to pray against drugs and corruption.

Sunday's march was named "Stand in the Gap."  It was inspired by the documentary, "An Appalachian Dawn," which followed the story of Clay County, Kentucky, a community that used prayer to fight drugs.

"This is part of an awakening for not just our area, but the nation," said Stand in the Gap committee member Edwin Robertson.

More than 8,000 people participated in the march, and subsequent prayer rally.  Three branches walked from Harrogate, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia to one center point in downtown Cumberland Gap.

The march was important to Susan Kress.  The Harrogate resident has been sober for 8 months and recently regained custody of her children.

"My kids need me and if it weren't for God, I wouldn't be able to do this," Kress said.

Union County held a similar Clay County, Ky,-inspired march in the summer.  It attracted more than 4,000 people. 

Prayer March in Union County 

Clay County, Kentucky resident Steve Collett said it's nice to see the movement spread across East Tennessee.

"God's people are coming here and saying, 'look, enough is enough," Collett said.

Next week, at 3 p.m., church leaders will gather at Lincoln Memorial University to discuss new ways to tackle the region's drug problem.

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