Ribbons, bells, prayers to Bring Back Our Girls

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Area residents hope ribbons, prayers and the sound of a bell reverberate halfway around the world.

The Brown Street and Heritage United Methodist Churches hosted a prayer service Tuesday evening for the more than 200 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram last month.

The kidnapping started a social media campaign called “Bring Back Our Girls.”

Attendees tied a ribbon on a railing as they read the name of each kidnapped girl and rang a bell after every five names to represent others who have been taken away.

“I think my heart really broke for the mothers when I realized they were crying out, and sitting as a group, and we weren’t listening. So, it became so important to make their voices heard,” said Barb Marshall who is pastor of both Brown Street and Heritage United Methodist Churches.

Shirts are for sale at the Brown Street UMC office for $10, with proceeds going to support the cause as well as the denomination’s charity to support education in developing countries.

There’s another Bring Back Our Girls event slated for Friday at 7 p.m. on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge.

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