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Local celebration of National Day of Prayer set
SoVaNow.com / April 24, 2014Only one week remains until the National Day Of Prayer takes place across the country as thousands gather, crying out to God in prayer, worship and praise.
In Halifax County the special event is set for the auditorium of Halifax County High School on Thursday evening, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Special guest for the evening will be T. Graham Brown, the country singer whose songs include ten top ten hits, a Christian Country Music Award and a long list of national radio and television appearances.
Some of his hits include “Come As You Were,” “Hell and High Water” and “Darlene.”
Brown’s 1998 single “Wine Into Water” not only inspired the lives of many, but went all the way to the top of the Christian Country Music chart and was named the number one independent music video of the year.
Brown explains that he draws much of his testimony from the song, saying “Reading and studying my Bible, I know that it’s God’s letter to us; that he’s talking to us through His word. I know too, that when I pray, I’m talking to Him and connecting with Him in my mind and in my heart. Prayer comforts me and calms me when I’m restless or unsettled and it always changes me for the better. I know without a doubt that He’s listening and He never fails to hear all our prayers. That’s an amazing gift and a blessing we receive anywhere, any time we pray. God is so good.”
The local community began participating in the NDOP ten years ago with the event being started in the fellowship hall of Dan River Baptist Church with 45 people attending. In the second year there were approximately 75 people in attendance. With the turnout increasing the event was moved to The Prizery by year three and for a number of years it was held there with breakfast served and special guests invited.
As it continued to grow, the NDOP committee decided to move the event to the Armory where some 300 people crowded into the building, filling it to capacity.
Still the event continues to grow and the committee decided to move to the High School Auditorium which seats 1,500 people. Since that move the event has annually attracted over 800 people who come together to pray for this community and their country.
Larry McPeters has been chairman for the last seven years and has served on the NDOP since its beginning. Larry shares these thoughts, “for a small community, this organization has been successful in getting support locally from sponsors that realize the need and the importance of prayer. I serve on this committee because I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that what we are doing is Biblical, because Jesus asked us to pray, and when you pray, you are blessed as an individual and when the community comes together to pray (matters not what denomination of faith you are) the community is blessed. If you love your country and love your God, how can you not be a part of this committee, sponsor the event or support it with your presence?”
Jimmy Watts has been a member for three years because he too “believes in the power of prayer and our nation needs our prayers.” Jimmy says he has been blessed to serve with a group of good people, giving of their time and talents to serve.
There will be local Christians giving their testimony and Rev. Jack Stewart will be recognizing and honoring the local fire departments.
Past performers or entertainment have included Jimmy Fortune, Christian husband and wife team Joey & Rory, Lulu Romans of HeeHaw and last year Linda Davis.
Everyone is invited to come out and join in the evening’s service.
The 2014 theme is “One Voice United in Prayer” and is taken from Romans 15:6 that say, “So that with one mind and one voice, you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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