Thousands of Christians from across the United States took a knee in prayer on the National Mall on Columbus Day, just blocks away from the U.S. Capitol, to ask God to forgive the racial sins of America’s past and let reconciliation and healing sweep the land. This weekend’s “Awaken the Dawn” festivities, in which Christians from every state in the nation set up tents in the nation’s capital to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ, culminated Monday in the form of a women-focused prayer rally attended by Christian women of all different ethnicities, races and denominational backgrounds.

Despite a downpour in the morning, droves of Christian women trudged through the mud and the precipitation as they participated in “Rise Up,” a worship assembly organized by charismatic Christian leader Lou Engle’s The Call to pray for racial reconciliation, an end to gender-based injustices and an end to abortion in the U.S. Nearly two months removed from the violence that occurred during a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, “Rise Up” participants cried out for God to forgive the nation’s tolerance toward the injustices that have impacted the lives of racial minorities. READ MORE