Power of Faith Keeping Murphy Family Strong During Search

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The Poplar Flat Baptist Church held a service offering support to the Murphy family. The Poplar Flat Baptist Church held a service offering support to the Murphy family.

Alexis Murphy's family turned to the power of prayer on Sunday to find the 17-year-old, now missing for 15 days.

Faith is playing a big part to keep Alexis Murphy's family strong in the days since her disappearance. Family members attended a church revival service Sunday to reenergize their efforts to find Alexis.

The Poplar Flat Baptist Church held its homecoming sermon Sunday morning - offering support and prayer for a family continuing to wait for Alexis to come home.

"We always give thanks to people out there praying because as we learned today, there's power in prayer," Alexis' great-aunt Trina Murphy said.

The message of Sunday's revival service at Poplar Flat Baptist Church in Lovingston hit close to home for Alexis Murphy's relatives.

"It's our homecoming service so we're coming home and so is she," Trina Murphy said.

The Nelson County church opened its doors to support the Murphy family.

The special service was filled with prayer, scripture readings and inspirational hymns such as "Hold On, Change is Coming".

"Today being here amongst family and friends and listening to the homecoming sermon really just lifted our spirits and really makes us more determined than ever to find her and bring her home safely," Alexis' aunt Angela Taylor.

It's been 15 long days for Alexis' aunts Angela Taylor and Trina Murphy. But the family says their faith is keeping them strong and hopeful.

"I feel it in my heart. I feel it all around us that she is alive and well and just unable to communicate with us. It's our faith in God, in our community and friends and family that is sticking with us to help get us through this," Angela Taylor said.

A community that continues to pray for peace and closure in the search for Alexis.

"God is really looking to show out on this one - show up and show out and people will see that if you stand on faith, if you believe, if you pray, if you never lose hope that He's in the miracle making business.  He can still make it happen," Trina Murphy said.

Family members said Alexis Murphy's mother and brothers attended service at Kingswood Baptist Church Sunday morning. They say the church is donating a portion of the congregation's offerings to the Murphy family.

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