There's power in prayer. That's what members of a Mid-State church said, and they're hopeful their prayers will stop the violence in their community.
Saturday morning, members of New Life Ministries gathered in their church in prayer, preparing to head out to pray for others in Columbia. Saturday was their first day holding a drive-up prayer station.
Pastor Christopher Taylor said Columbia has seen its fair share of violence this year. Murders, gang violence, and overdoses have taken a toll on the community, and Pastor Taylor said New Life Ministry wants to be there to help people start to heal.
He said he's familiar with the feeling of hurt and knows first-hand how prayer changed his life.
"I know it'll work. I'm a product of prayer, I know what it can do. My life was in shambles, but because someone prayed for me when I couldn't pray for myself, God spared my life several times and turned it around," said Pastor Taylor.
The pastor said this is just the beginning. They will continue to go out into the community and pray for a change.
The group prayed at two locations in Columbia -- Cash Savers and Walmart.