TYLER, TX (KLTV)- Governor Perry's Day of Prayer and Fasting is this Saturday. The prayer meeting at Houston's Reliant Stadium is expected to draw thousands of people from across the state, and bus loads of congregations from East Texas.
Connie and Mike Harper are members of Rose Heights Church in Tyler. This weekend, they'll be riding on the bus heading to the Day of Prayer.
"When we heard about it, first of all, we were so excited to even live in a state where the governor was willing and really able by law to call such an event and call Christians to prayer," said Connie Harper.
The Harpers moved to Texas six years ago and said they're proud to be here.
"We think it's exciting to be in a state that believes in prayer and the governor believes in prayer," said Mike Harper.
"In The Bible whenever someone in authority calls a prayer meeting, God always responds. So, that's why I told the church about it and we're excited to go," said Doug Anderson, the pastor at Rose Heights Church.
"I think that people respond to the courage of a political leader who puts it out there to call for prayer and ask God to forgive us of our sins and help us with the drought and terror and the economy and all of those things we desperately need help with," said Anderson.
The Harpers said they're thankful their pastor provided them the opportunity to participate.
But, they say you don't have to be there to take part.
"Just that day, seek God and ask him, Lord heal our land, we need you," said Connie.
Many other churches in the area are renting charter buses and attending the event. Bridlewood Church in Bullard is one, but Pastor Cummins said their bus is full, too.
For those who can't make it to Houston, Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler and First Baptist Church in Bullard will be hosting a live satellite showing of the prayer meeting. The event starts at 10 a.m.