White Christians have an insatiable need to know the goings on of all of their fellow church members. You might think that seeing everyone at church on Sundays, every week day at the Christian school next door, and at Wednesday night ministries would be enough to gather the necessary information, but white Christians need more.
Enter the prayer chain - the Facebook of non-internet using white Christians. If someone has some exciting or devastating news that simply cannot wait, they pull out the church directory and call the next person in their prayer network to get the news (and prayers) going. No, this person's number will not be in their cell phone - prayer chain phone calls can only be made using a land line.
"Pray for Bob and Mary and their daughter, Haley - she's pregnant..." the prayer chain initiator will say, adding in hushed tones: "It's out of wedlock... not that I'm judging." This
gossip prayer request will spread like wild fire, stopping only when it reaches the person in the chain just ahead of Bob and Mary.