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Hometown Church Prays for Ashcroft

By AP/KWMU

Springfield, MO – The General Council of the Assemblies of God is remembering the ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft in prayer.

The Reverend Thomas Trask, the council's superintendent, used the intercom system at the Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield Friday morning to lead its 1,100 employees in a prayer for Ashcroft.

Ashcroft is hospitalized in a Washington hospital intensive care unit, for a severe case of gallstone pancreatitis -- a painful condition that usually clears up within a week with treatment.

When in Springfield, Ashcroft attends services at Central Assembly of God. Members there also are praying for him.

The church activated its prayer chain Friday. In all, about 100 members on the chain will continue to pray for Ashcroft until his recovery.

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