Recent events and God's direction compelled Diane Durborow to organize a time to pray for the community's school children and ask others to join her.

MIAMI – Anyone who knows Diane Durborow knows her heart and compassion for children.

Recent events and God's direction compelled Durborow to organize a time to pray for the community's school children and ask others to join her at 3 p.m. on Mar. 11.

Durborow is inviting anyone interested to come together at that specific time in one mind and one accord to pray at any school they want to lift up local children and schools.

“I'm excited about it,” she said. “It doesn't matter how many people show, it's just something that God put on my heart.”

Durborow posted her idea on Facebook and friends and pastors from local churches have shared the post and promised to join her Sunday.

“I think our kids are scared, parents are scared, and I don't blame them. When it gets to a place where you're in church and you're looking over your shoulder at the door it's time to do something.” Durborow said. “Life is uncertain, but kids used to get to be kids. Now we have to have people come and teach our kids how to fight an attack. Kids shouldn't have to deal with that, and teachers have enough on their plate without having to worry.”

Her daughter teaches and she's an assistant superintendent, and so Durborow has her own concerns for her children and grandchildren, as well as other students, teachers, and staff.

“I see a direct attack of the enemy because he's trying to put fear in the house of God and over our children,” Durborow said. “It's time to show our kids that we love them, we care about them and the churches back them.”

Durborow works for the Ottawa County District Attorney's Office and she's frustrated by these trying times.

“I've seen first hand the effects of drugs and alcohol and the lack of help available for mental health care,” she said. “It's a very hurting world.”

Durborow said prayer is an action and something that can be done, and she asks local residents to come and join her that day at the school of their choice.

“I know a lot of elderly or others might not be able to come out, that's fine, but at that time, at 3 o'clock if it's at all possible I just feel like if we should just pray and bind together and lift up the name of Jesus and let our kids know we're praying for them,” she said. “I think actually going is best if you can, there's just something about walking forward. Pray and ask God, 'What can I do? Can I volunteer at school, can I be an extra set of eyes?' If you feel led go to your child's school, if you don't have a child in school go to one nearby and gather there and pray.”

After much thought, Durborow feels called to pray at the Miami High School on Sunday and said all are welcome to join her there.

For more information or to share the idea, Durborow's Facebook event can be found at “Pray for our schools!”

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.