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Prayer vigil for kidnapped Nigerian girls

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The names of the young Nigerian girls taken from their families were read out loud in Napoleon on Thursday.

The congregation from Christ United Methodist Church held a prayer vigil to sen prayers across the globe.

"I have a son and a daughter and I just can't even imagine what those girls must be going through, the fear they must feel," Kriss Bidwell, who attended the vigil, said.

In April, at least 200 school girls were abducted by a militant group.

So far, a few dozen have escaped but the others are allegedly being forced into slavery and the sex trade.

"I'm thinking, what can I do?" Pastor Mary Kay, Christ United Methodist Church, asked.  "We need to pray and that's what we can do."

Pastor Kay organized the service.

As the girls' names were read, a candle was lit in their honor.

She says it's a way to show support during a time when hope seems lost.

"Every is taking a candle home as a reminder to continue praying," Kay said.  "All the candles have a girls name on it."

Many people came from other congregations, like Kriss Bidwell.

She says it was the least she could do for the families searching for their daughters.

"I just felt so burdened for them," Bidwell said.  "I'm just praying that God will comfort and calm them."
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