Educators Are Praying For No Disasters This Year

Saturday, October 30th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Educators from Broken Arrow and Tulsa are praying for safety in their schools.

Saturday many of them met for a corporate call to prayer sponsored by Teach the Children International. They're not teaching, they're praying and getting a first-hand lesson in faith and hope from a grieving mother.

Beth Nimmo is carrying on the mission that her daughter started before she died in the Columbine High School shooting.

"As a family we're trying to pick up the torch and go forward with her vision," says Nimmo.

Her daughter is well-known across the country because she was killed after she expressed her belief in God. Police say Rachel Scott was the first one shot that day in Littleton.

"It's totally turned our life upside down," says Nimmo.

But Rachel's mother still has the journal entries that her daughter wrote about trusting in God. Her entries for the last year make her mother believe that Rachel knew she was going to die. One of the most powerful pages her mother shares is from April 20, the day of the shootings. Just minutes before she was killed, Rachel drew eyes with 13 tears spilling out. Coincidentally, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people that day, including Rachel.

"I would feel overwhelmed if it weren't for the grace of God," says Nimmo.

Teachers say they're praying nothing this tragic comes to their schools. They say they want to have the wisdom to pick out students who need help before they lash out.

"I think meetings just like this cause us to have strenth in our beliefs," says Judy Miller, teacher.

These teachers say this won't be the last prayer meeting they have. They say they may not be allowed to pray in school, but no one can stop them from praying for their schools.