JENA, La. (BP)--"You don't have to explain to the nation where Jena is," said Dominick DiCarlo Jr., pastor of the Louisiana town's First Baptist Church.
Last year, Jena High School became a flash point for racial tensions that quickly made national headlines.
During the most tension-filled days, light- and dark-skinned people who previously had discussed the merits of various fishing tackle, laundry powder and more at Wal-Mart -- as folks in the South tend to do -- found themselves avoiding each other, looking away as their carts passed.
"What God does in Jena becomes the focus of a nation unlike any other town," DiCarlo said.
Jena's Christians now hope the nation sees a community in revival.
"If revival occurred in some little village, some little community that has no national history or memory, a nation would not take notice of it, but they'll take notice of this," DiCarlo said, "and I think that may be one of the reasons God chose Jena."
In what has become a true "protracted meeting," a four-day revival that began Feb. 17 at Midway Baptist Church in Jena now has moved into its fourth week and into at least eight churches. Read More