Gina Simrell remembered a time when only three people turned out for a prayer meeting for Nebraska City, so she was surprised in January when 25 people packed the small chapel room at the Ambassador.



Simrell, who is preparing for a marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said she suggested the meeting because so many people are diagnosed with cancer or other diseases.



She said a News-Press report about youth behavior at the public library also sounded the alarm for the community to make a faithful response.


Gina Simrell remembered a time when only three people turned out for a prayer meeting for Nebraska City, so she was surprised in January when 25 people packed the small chapel room at the Ambassador.

Simrell, who is preparing for a marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said she suggested the meeting because so many people are diagnosed with cancer or other diseases.

She said a News-Press report about youth behavior at the public library also sounded the alarm for the community to make a faithful response.

“So many diagnosed with cancer or another disease and the youth going down the wrong path has just gotten to me. So I said we needed to pull together and I wondered if people would be interested in having a community prayer,” she said.

She asked Pastor Terry Duffy of the Church of Christ and he invited Steve Collins of the ReLeasT ministry. Simrell said other church pastors are also interested in attending.

The group agreed to continue meeting and establish a downtown prayer box.

 Vic and Jeri Johns have offered the deposit slot on front of the Century 21 Bremer Agency building, 724 Central Ave., for people to drop off written prayer requests.

Prayer meetings are scheduled at 5:44 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Ambassador chapel.