Area pastors meet weekly to pray for issues impacting county including drug addiction and poverty
In July of this year, a number of local churches met with Pastor Ken Bolin to discuss the drug, poverty and corruption issues facing the county. Pastor Bolin was instrumental in the “Appalachian Dawn” movement that changed Manchester, Kentucky, beginning in 2004. Pastor Bolin explained at the local July screening of the “Appalachian Dawn” documentary that it was the unity of pastors and churches through prayer and action that caused a supernatural change in Clay County, Kentucky.
Since that meeting, 14 different churches have hosted 23 consecutive weeks of prayer in Grundy County. Attendance has ranged from 30 to 130.
The prayer meetings success is a countywide effort says Pastor Ralph Shrum of Living Water Independent Church in Tracy City.
“The countywide prayer meeting is a cumulative effort of Christian believers confronting the plague of drug addiction and the impoverishment left in its wake,” explained Pastor Shrum. “The meetings are bring people together in a common ground which might never have happened otherwise.
“Already, we are seeing positive results. Soon we will see a major effect of the prayers of the righteous people. I encourage others to join us.”
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum reiterated the importance of unification in overcoming drug addiction and poverty, saying “This is perhaps one of the most unified efforts I have ever seen by the church to combat addiction, poverty, and corruption. It is evident to the Sheriff’s Office it is working.”
Over the past 23 weeks, County Mayor Michael Brady and Sheriff Shrum have addressed the crowd on pressing issues and possible solutions to each of the three points of prayer.
“There is no greater power than the power of prayer,” said Mayor Brady. “The unified faithful prayers of the churches are already showing results. I know the Lord will hear our prayers.”
The prayer meetings have been scheduled through the end of April. They are held each Saturday at 8:30 a.m. This Saturday’s prayer meeting, January 12, will be held at the Monteagle Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The area Pastors invite all of you attend with a special invitation to those dealing with drug and addiction problems.