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'Operation Jericho' stops in Woodbury after seven days of Twin Cities prayer

A group of Operation Jericho volunteers gather for a prayer session Tuesday, Sept. 13, during the seven days of prayer event. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

After seven days of prayer that began on Sept. 11, a group of Christians from 50 churches around the Twin Cities were spotted circling the I-494/694 corridor Saturday.

Some were here in Woodbury at King of Kings, Woodbury Lutheran and New Life churches Saturday morning before ending the event with a rally at the state Capitol.

The whole point of "Operation Jericho," as they named it, was to spread unity across all denominations.

Operation Jericho member and Woodbury resident Nancy Burber said by circling the Twin Cities churches around 494 and 694, the group was able to hit a large number of churches in a short period of time.

They walked, biked or drove from church to church to gain the exposure and encourage others to pray, Bruber said.

"We know that the Twin Cities has a lot of dark places and we are just praying against that and raising the Twin Cities up and praying for unity," she added.

Though some were unable to circle the churches or walk from church to church Saturday, they were still encouraged to join the group in prayer.

"It's something that the man who was our leader on this is someone that has felt that God is asking him to do this," Bruber said.

Jeff Bremer, the leader behind Operation Jericho and executive director for Bridge Builders For Kids, a ministry for children of prisoners, said he got the idea when he was thinking of ways to reach out to more children outside of the ministry.

He added that circling the Twin Cities along the 494/694 beltway made the most sense.

Operation Jericho was named after a biblical story that explains how the Israelites did not bring down the walls and that God did, Bremer said.

"When the walls fell the Israelites were commanded to go straight in and take the city. From there they went from city to city," Bremer wrote on Operation Jericho's website. "This is also the vision God gave me for Operation Jericho.

"The Twin Cities would just be the first city reclaimed in this move of God, and that other cities would follow."

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.