Hundreds, including Ray Charles’ daughter, pray at the I-75 cross in Campbell County

CARYVILLE (WATE) – If you’ve driven on I-75 through Campbell County, you’ve probably seen the big cross. Hundreds of people met there Saturday afternoon to pray for a way to end drug problems in our neighborhoods.

It was the first Stand at the Cross event organized by the Stand in the Gap Coalition.

They walked about a mile together to the 100 foot tall cross. Along the way, people held prayer signs for everything from law enforcement, to the economy.

Kayla Dennis says the power of prayer is why she’s alive and well. She was addicted to meth for six years. She ended up in jail before she changed her life.

“I lost everything, so that was a real wake up call for me. When you lose everything it’s hard to get back on your feet. I’m living proof of getting back on my feet,” Dennis said.

Helping people like Kayla stay off drugs is one of the reasons Dan Spurlock helped organize the event.

“I just want to be a part of doing something to reclaim this land where we live and raise our children,” Spurlock said.

Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of the late singer Ray Charles, came up from Georgia to lead worship at the cross.

“I’m just basking in the love, basking in the joy and peace, and in the power that people are bringing to this event and saying hey we can make a change we will make a difference and all we have to do is go for it,” Charles said.

Sheila told the crowd how she was able to overcome addictions by turning her life to God. She now runs a ministry called One Way Up.

Organizers are hoping to make this an annual event. Click here for more information.

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