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After struggling with her mental health, one Kentucky high schooler decided to help herself and her classmates turn to God in trying times, one sticky note at a time. Sophy Jones told WKYT-TV, “Our school, along with the middle school, has struggled with suicide, and a lot of people struggle with their mental health,” referring to her school, Whitley County High.

After seeing a trend on TikTok, the teenager decided to start a prayer wall in her high school. She said the walls were created to “help spread God’s Word” to those who need encouragement. Many of the Bible verses written on sticky notes lining the girls’ bathroom walls are passages that made a significant difference in Jones’ own life. She told the local news outlet, “God saved me.”

Jones said of her vision for the prayer wall, “People can just write down a Bible verse or, like ‘Jesus loves you,’ for example, and you can either take it with you if you want to keep it as a note; you can repost other ones. They could take that verse and say they want to read it, or we do have Chromebooks at school so that they can Google the verse.” She started the ministry of sorts late last year, and it’s already having a positive impact.

One of Jones’ friends and classmates, Evelyn Philpot, helped start the prayer walls. She said, “The other day, I had seen a young female student who had one of the yellow sticky notes with a Bible verse on it that we had wrote, and it just really like made my day to know that this is something that people are loving and it’s actually helping them.” Philpot added, “These verses spoke to me, and I feel like they could speak to others.” Both Jones and Philpot are members of First Priority, a student-led Christian organization with a chapter at Whitley County High School.

Todd Lawson, director of the organization, said he’s proud of the initiative the girls have taken. He said, “With prayer and God, that’s the only answer we got — that’s our only hope. I may feel not important at home, I may not feel important to a teacher, I may not feel important to somebody, but God loves us and ain’t nothing more important than that.” Jones added, “Prayer, to me, is just — it makes me feel loved.”

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