A little over a decade ago, Pastor John Shiver came to believe that the problems Americans have been confronted with can be rectified by coming together as a country in prayer.
After having this self-proclaimed revelation, Shiver took his worship services on the road and has since held over 4,000 meetings with 49 different denominations in attendance.
His current city is Meridian and nondenominational Pastor Jack Giles is elated his hometown is hosting a Glory in the City Conference.
"I believe in the integrity of the guys heading up this thing," said Giles. "And I believe that God wants to transform this city and in the process the problems with the economy and the drug issues and the abortion and all other serious problems will be positively and wonderfully impacted."
Pastor Shiver has held 28 Glory in the City conferences in the U.S. and in England. It is a three day conference and Thursday's worship services are only the beginning of what's to come. Friday and Saturday will also include co-evangelist Daniel Kolenda.
"Daniel Kolenda is somewhere between Jackson and Atlanta right now. He has just come out of meetings just Sunday in the Ukraine where God poured out his spirit," said Shiver. "Last week he was in Singapore, Switzerland, in Germany. Fifty-five million people coming to Jesus."
It is both Shiver and Kolenda's hope that the work they have done in other nations will be as successful in the United States.
"We believe that America's greatest days are those before us if we will come as a people and ask God to once again come and bless us."
The conference is being held at the Frank Cochran Center. Services will take place through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.