After fifteen years of teaching scripture and working as a realtor, Jill Ford did something completely unexpected. She ran for public office. She laughs, “When I felt that God was calling me to run for office, it felt so strange to me! But he continued to confirm it for me.” She ran for Supervisor in Madison County, solely to reveal the corruption in her county. She walked over thirty-seven miles, going door-to-door and running a grassroots campaign. In the end, she lost the election.
She smiles, “On the Tuesday that I lost, I was told at 2:30am, ‘Jill, you lost by 37 votes.’ I started smiling because three and seven are numbers I hold dear to my heart. Three is the Trinity and seven is the perfect number. My friends thought I misunderstood that I had lost because I was smiling. I knew exactly what they had said! It was over. I lost. But the Lord just signed His name to the end of the race. I knew He had something much more important for me to do than be a Supervisor.”
The next morning, Jill began studying the Bible. “I was exhausted and in a fog, but I kept questioning Him, ‘Lord, why did you have me do this?’ Every scripture I read for the next week was about inheritance, so I began praying, ‘How can I use my influence from the election for our children’s inheritance?’”
Jill felt the Lord was urging her to take what she had learned during her campaign, and use it to pray over the state of Mississippi. She says, “I want to explain how important prayer is. It is the only thing that is going to save our country, and our country’s future is at stake. We have got to come together and pray.”
Last February, Jill attended a realtor’s meeting at the Trade Mart Center in Jackson. She sat next to a woman named Rashida, whom she had never met. “She and I had this immediate connection through Christ.” The women began praying together and Jill remarks, “Rashida can pray the paint off the wall! Our skin color is different, but that does not matter. I adore her and the one thing we have in common is Jesus. And that is all we need.”
Jill met Rashida for lunch one Friday and told her the idea of praying over the state of Mississippi. “I said, let’s go pray in every county of the state. When we pray together, I believe it is doing something. She looked at me and said, ‘For real?’” The Inherit Movement was born.
Jill, Rashida, and a number of women (and men) across the state have prayed in over twenty counties. They have prayed in Carthage City Hall, an elementary school, Baptist churches, Methodist churches, and more. They hold hands, pray and sing songs. She says, “It is organized, but not so organized that the Lord isn’t over it.”
Jill says with awe, “Every place we have been has been amazing. As long as the Lord is in it, I’m doing it. He is completely blowing my mind.”
The Inherit Movement has many upcoming dates throughout Mississippi where women and men will be gathering to pray. Click here to see their upcoming trips; all are invited to join! On October 15th, the Inherit Movement will have its closing ceremony. Jill says, “Anyone who wants to come may come and pray! We gather soil from every county when we pray, and that day we will join the soil and plant seeds. I hope that we will have a church filled with people of different races and backgrounds, and that God is pleased with what we have done. It’s up to Him; it is truly in His hands. I hope that by praying we will break some barriers and really start a healing over this state and this nation.”
For more information on the Inherit Movement, please view their website here. You can also click here to view and like their Facebook page! All photos courtesy of the Inherit Movement.