Louisiana Family Receives Thousands In Donations After Photo Of Siblings Praying Before First Day Of School Goes Viral

The family, who is praying about personal struggles and mass shootings, said “praying gives them hope.”

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| August 14 2019,

5:03 pm

A powerful moment of children praying in a circle is captivating the hearts of many.

Jamisha Harris of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is speaking out after posted an image of her children praying before their first day of school last week. The photos show her children, 10-year-old Eugene Jacobs, 8-year-old Jorden Jacobs and 7-year-old Emily Jacobs holding hands with their heads bowed.

Several people on social media have gravitated to the woman spreading love and positivity, especially in light of the two deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. 



“God, I give them to You. And I ask that this school year you would use every person and every experience and every lesson to shape them into Your image, to grow in them, the fruit of Your Spirit,” the post read. 

Harris told Good Morning America that "It [feels] horrible to send my kids back to school and I'm not there with them.”

"I'm just worried about my babies. I want to send them off to the new school year not worrying about our home or the shootings,” she continued. 

In addition to safety, Harris told reporters that her family is also praying through various struggles after her husband, 30-year-old Winton Shorter, lost his job. According to Today.com, he worked as a truck driver and the ordeal has forced them to live with family members temporarily. 

Harris said that “praying every day gives them hope, and they feel protected.”