PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - College students carry heavy loads. Between classes and extracurricular activities, there's barely time for anything else.
However, two Virginia State University students make time for something they say makes the load a bit easier: they pray.
Like many VSU students, Frednesha Sanders and Raven McGriff put in a lot of miles walking around campus.
As they walk, they talk. But not to each other.
"We do it Monday through Friday, every day at 5:30," Sanders said.
From 5:30 to 6 each morning, you can find these two junior business majors walking the campus and openly praying.
"We pray for safe travels. We also pray for people who may have lost loved ones," McGriff said.
"The students, the staff, people and college students from all over the world, we pray for them as well," Sanders said.
The honor students call themselves "Girlz at the Gate," and they've been prayerfully pounding the pavement since their freshman year.
It started with Sanders and a few other ladies listening in on a conference call where women from all over the world prayed for their communities.
Sanders and McGriff now contribute their own prayers to those daily calls during their walks, and they say it makes a difference in their own lives as well as on campus.
"People say that it is much more calm and quiet. People are much more positive, excited and energized throughout the day," Sanders said.
Although, for these ladies, it's not all about reaping the benefits. It's about being true to their faith and being good examples of it.
"We want people to see Christ in us," McGriff said.
The students said men sometimes join the "Girlz at the Gate" during their daily walks and prayer.