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Missing loved ones prayer service brings hope

FAIRFIELD, IL (WFIE) - A prayer service was held at the United Methodist Church in Fairfield for family who have missing loved ones. 

It was a very emotion time as family members shared memories and talked about how their faith has grown.

Pastor Bennie Tomberlin led Saturday's community prayer service. Family members joined together including missing 16-year-old Megan Nichols' family. She has been missing nearly nine months.

"People can gather around different things you know, but the word of God gives us hope especially around Easter we are thinking around the hope we have in and around Christ and we found out about him through his word. These are his promises," Tomberlin said.

He was the man who baptized Megan and was more than just her pastor.

"She's a really good friend with my youngest daughter, so she has spent a lot of time in out home too. She wrote me a card one time saying she is an honorary Tomberlin girl." 

The service was about hope. Hope for families who are struggling missing their loved ones. 

Kathy Hutchcraft has been missing Megan for nearly 9 months now. But in that nine months, Kathy says she's learned about how many people are nowhere to be found.

"It's really opened my eyes to how common this is," Hutchcraft said. "There are several missing people on Facebook. Someone added me to a missing person group and everyday there is someone knew is out there missing."

Hutchcraft says even in her darkest days, she holds onto hope and wants others to know never to give up. 

"That's what they enemy would want. Where if you have hope in Christ, you know that we have that hope no matter what the circumstances are he's with us and we aren't going through this alone."

Kathy tells 14NEWS if there was one thing Megan could know, it's that she just wants her to come home. 

If you have any information on Megan's whereabouts, you're encouraged to call the police.

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