Christians brave rain to pray for a solution to world’s problems

1/12/2011 (MP) ''A number of people across Portsmouth attended prayers in the Guildhall Square on Thursday 1st December 2011.''Pictured is: The group of people who attended during their prayers.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114245-5365)

1/12/2011 (MP) ''A number of people across Portsmouth attended prayers in the Guildhall Square on Thursday 1st December 2011.''Pictured is: The group of people who attended during their prayers.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114245-5365)

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THE Heavens may have opened, but that didn’t stop dozens of Christians gathering to pray in the rain in Guildhall Square last night.

People of all denominations came together on the Guildhall steps in one of 50 ‘flashmobs’ organised across the nation for Christians to pray for the country during these troubled economic times.

Despite the wintry weather, more than 100 people turned out in Portsmouth.

Eleanor Jones, 20, of Montgomery Road, Southsea, said: ‘As Christians we believe when we get together God will be there and we wanted to make a public demonstration that we want things to change – things like human trafficking, poverty and Aids.’

The second-year University of Portsmouth maths student added: ‘We are praying to change all the injustice in the world and give our support as Christians to make a difference in the world.’

The prayers began at 7.14pm because of chapter seven, verse 14 of Chronicles in the Bible – If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Pensioner Jean Swetnam, of Chichester Road, Copnor, was there with her husband Derek.

She said: ‘We came to support our fellow Christians because we feel the city, the country and the world is in such a mess. The only hope is Jesus. This is a small way of showing our support to other like-minded people.’

Christine Aldridge, 59, of Court Mount Grove, said: ‘It’s time as a people we turned to God. We’ve tried to do things without his strength for too long. We need to turn to God for his intervention.

‘With the situation we find ourselves in as a nation, as people in the world, right now we need him.’

Her husband George, 61, added: ‘We want to show the world that we care.’

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