Church members to pray for city schools, staff
More than six churches will participate in this year's 24/7 S.P.L.A.S.H. (Saying Prayers for Lawton Area Schools and Homes) July 30-Aug. 6.
This will be the fourth year for Western Hills Christian Church to host the event. Various church congregations will take turns praying for 24 hours with individuals signing up to pray during their church's 24-hour period. Western Hills Christian Church will begin the week starting at 7 a.m. July 30 and then will pass the torch to another church the next day. Churchs will also have a myriad of groups go on site to schools in Lawton, Elgin and Cache to pray. When they're done, they'll tie a purple ribbon to a tree or pole to signify that that site has been prayed over.
S.P.L.A.S.H. will end with a group prayer at 7 a.m. Aug. 6 at Shoemaker Education Center, 753 Fort Sill Blvd.
According to Cathy Mason, a S.P.L.A.S.H. organizer, the event was first started by Sharolyn Johnson "to invite God back into our schools, to intercede on behalf of our children, teachers and the entire LPS entity."
"However, we quickly realized the mission is so much more," Mason said. "It is about bringing our community together on one thing that supersedes any differences we may have. That one thing is our children. No matter what a person's beliefs are or what their past holds, when it comes to our children, we all want the same thing. We want them to receive a good quality education in a place they and the teachers and staff feel safe. We want them prepared, not only to go on to higher education but also have a basis for being successful throughout their lives."