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Hundreds take a stand at the cross against drug abuse


(WBIR) An East Tennessee organization took a big stand against drug abuse Saturday by way of a big cross. Stand in the Gap Coalition held its "Stand at the Cross" event.

This group has held similar events in the past impacting thousands and they are responsible for helping the lives of those who need help with their addictions.

"There is a little bit of something for every body here today. Peoples of all churches, all denominations, all walks of life can come here to say it's time to take a stand against drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and family violence," said Dan Spurlock, co-creator of Stand in the Gap Coalition.

Stand at the Cross brought together hundreds of people to walk a mile.

"I went to Stand in the Gap a couple years ago, it was awesome," said high school student Jacob Watkins.

Some have battled drug abuse in their own life. Like Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of musician Ray Charles. She had been in and out of prison with an addiction to crack cocaine. But now she is clean and runs a prison ministry. She traveled to East Tennessee to be part of the event.

"There were people there praying for me. Standing in the gap for me. Loving me. And they cared enough about me to come back into prison and speak to me about life," said Charles.

As the bagpipes began to play, the crowd began its walk through several prayer stations, keeping their goals in mind.

"This region is ready for a total transformation. There are people begging for change. And we know how to make the change. We know that God will give us the right knowledge, the right desire, the right emphasis to do what we need to do," said Spurlock.

Making their way to that well seen cross. Coming together like the cross streams seen in the skies over the tall standing symbol.


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