Baptist Press just released this article today–“This Time Around, Jena is Making Spiritual Headlines.”
Who knows if the national media will return to Jena, LA. But God has been working there even through the toughest times. The article reports that a pastors’ prayer alliance formed in 2006. The town saw its darkest moments in the wake of the social inequalities of the Jena 6 fiasco throughout 2007. But all hope was not lost for Jena:
“The burden on the hearts of those men, it goes beyond the walls of First Baptist and into the community,” DiCarlo [president of the prayer alliance] said. “Last Thanksgiving  we had a community-wide thanksgiving service … that was truly a community event. We saw then once again that the larger family of God in the community of Jena ached for reconciliation.” Perhaps 500 people — blacks, whites and Native Americans — attended that service.”
Now, in the revival’s fourth week, crowds nearing 900 are crowding into the High School Gymnasium on a nightly basis. This in a town of less than 3000, of which reportedly 70% are unchurched.