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Longview university organizes mile-long prayer circle

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In a time of political and economic turmoil, one East Texas university is coming together with an answer for the needs of people. Prayer. In the shadow of the bell tower at Longview's LeTourneau University, hundreds of students, faculty and citizens turned out for what they say is a simple answer to the problems we all face. Prayer.

"It's a homecoming weekend, when we have all the alumni and parents and friends of LeTourneau and we're even inviting the community to come out," says event organizer and LeTourneau senior Natalie Schuller.

Called 'Pray the Loop', the participants formed groups around the mile long loop which surrounds the university. They stood together in prayer for 30 minutes, asking for God's direction.

"One of the things that 'Pray the Loop' says about our students, this was a completely student driven event, our students are serious about their faith," says university spokesperson Janet Ragland.

"Its one thing to be a Christian university by name, but we want to come together as a body of Christ," Schuller says.

For many it is the only answer in an uncertain world. Something they feel people have forgotten through time.

"We are a country that's based on 'in God we trust', but how many times do we forget that. We know we have a lot of problems today and the wonderful thing about God is that we can communicate to him. We're not only praying for ourselves and our campus but we're praying for everybody," says Schuller.

"The Bible says seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you," Ragland says.

Last year over 500 people participated in "Pray the Loop."

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