Prayers Offered for Natalee

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The hope for the safe return of missing teenager and Mississippi native Natalee Holloway brought about 150 people out to Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church Monday night to appeal to a higher power.

"We have to look to a higher power because this is out of our hands," said family friend Barbara Harris. "The situation is out of our control and we have to look to the Lord for help. Those of us who believe in prayer know that prayers can be answered."

"These circumstances are out of our control, but we believe they're not out of God's control. We want to see Natalee's safe return. We want to bring closure to this search somehow, some way. We're asking God to help with that," said the Rev. Bill Hardin, interim pastor of PSDBC.

Natalee's father, local businessman Dave Holloway, is a member of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church but was not in attendance. He and his wife Robin are in Aruba helping with search efforts, along with Natalee's mother, Beth Twitty.

"Dave has been in Aruba since his daughter was missing and he's holding up as well as can be expected," Hardin said.

A fund to help offset some of the expense for the search has been set up for the Holloways at Trustmark National Bank. Donations to The Natalee Search Fund may be made at any Trustmark branch.