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These churches sent out 40,000 postcards, and some of the recipients are a little weirded out

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Sparking debate, 400 churches in the area have sent around 40,000 handwritten letters to people in the community.

Some getting those letters say it’s a violation of their privacy or just don’t agree with the method.

Most of the postcards say something to the effect of, "I don’t know you, but I’m praying for you."

However, other postcards talk about "Satan’s blinding influence," leaving some with a weird feeling.

Area churches are doing something called Awaken Nashville. Members of the churches are praying for people on a list, and sending them a handwritten postcard or letter.

Some believe it’s an invasion of privacy.

Eric Stillman, with the Jewish federation says he wouldn’t necessarily use that same method, but doesn't think it's wrong to use public records for this reason.

"I understand those concerns,” Stillman says. “I think it's a reflection of the fact that we live in a day and age where our information is mostly out in the public domain, and without a whole lot of effort people can receive that information without a whole lot of effort."

One of the churches sending the post cards, Ethos Church sent FOX 17 News a statement.

"If we caused anyone offense, we would genuinely say 'we are sorry,' the whole purpose was to simply love and bless people through prayer...."

A representative from Ethos Church tells us many have responded positively to the postcards.

Some have expressed they were going through a hard time, and the letters brought them encouragement.

The statement from Ethos Church goes on to say, “Our hope is that every person in the city of Nashville would know that they matter to Jesus — that they are loved and valued by him. Each name on the list that was obtained through public records was mailed a postcard with the intention of sharing only thatthat Jesus loves them.”

A Nashville agnostic man tell FOX 17 News he’s been following the negative comments about the letters online, and thinks they are blowing it out of proportion.

"You're really missing the point of what these people are trying to do, you don't need to agree with them, but just recognize their gesture of kindness,” he says.

Stillman says, "I look at it from the point of view which is, it's a major undertaking for all these churches to be working together for the community.”

Some tell us they could use all the prayer they can get, while others feel religion doesn't need to be in their face, or in their mailbox either.

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