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Episcopal priest from Little Rock raising money to build interfaith prayer center in Mongolia

Roughly 15 years after spearheading a drive to build the Arkansas House of Prayer in Little Rock, Episcopal priest Susan Sims Smith plans to raise funds again, this time to build a similar interfaith prayer center in Mongolia.

Sims Smith estimates roughly $1 million will be needed.

She initially intended to kick off the fundraising effort in 2020; the worldwide pandemic forced her to postpone her plans.

“The project is still in the making. Covid is the only thing that has interrupted it,” she said.

The Venerable Thupten Kuten-la, the Tibetan state oracle and a spiritual adviser to the Dalai Lama, shared his vision for a new round meditation room while visiting Arkansas in 2016 at the invitation of Sims Smith. Known as Kuten-la, those who seek his guidance consider him a medium between spiritual and human realms.

The location for the latest center was never in doubt, she said.

“He told me the Spirit had told him that he needed to build it in…

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