I-35 Beckons the Faithful

Prayer movement hopes to touch communities along highway
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 16, 2008 6:45 PM CST
Traffic crosses the Interstate 35 bridge over Lady Bird Johnson Lake Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, in Austin, Texas. A prayer movement known as "Light the Highway" hopes to aid those who live along the route,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A group of Dallas Pentecostal Christians reading the Bible one day noted that Isaiah 35, Verse 8, mentions a "highway for holiness." That put them in mind of nearby Interstate 35, which runs from Laredo, Texas, to Duluth, Minn., NPR reports, and that, in turn, prompted an unusual prayer movement. Originally set to last 35 days, the idea was to rally the faithful to call God’s attention to “everybody that lives in all parts of this highway,” says its founder.

“We prayed to eliminate systemic poverty, we prayed for safety, we prayed for people caught in drug addictions, and trapped in their lives and hopeless,” she said. The “Light the Highway” movement’s website now boasts 22 contributing churches. But it need not be restricted to I 35, she notes; for instance, “those who live on Interstate 40 can use Isaiah 40:3.”