MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - They called it a prayer vigil--usually a solemn occasion.
But inside St. John AME Church in Montgomery, it was anything but quiet.
Hundreds gathered to lift up songs of praise and prayers petitioning help for Haitians hoping their voices make a difference for the devastated island nation.
"I feel that prayer is one of the strongest weapons any human being on this earth can have, whether they believe in God or not," says Montgomery resident, Gwendolyn Hill.
Participants agree a service like this is a chance for everyone to give back regardless of financial situations. And they say while prayer and song don't cost anything, they sure bring big returns.
"If you don't have the money, just pray, and we do believe prayer will change a lot of things," says Montgomery resident, James Bates.
"We're sure that prayer reaches the place that it's supposed to reach, and that's to our God," adds Lillie Hill.
Pastors lifted up four main prayers--for the victims, the medical and rescue teams, Haitian leaders, and the country's healing.
And while they say they might not see the effects here at home, they know their prayers will be heard.
"No doubt about it," adds Bates.