Community-wide prayer night for city, nation, and world

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Steve Massingill, pastor at Faith Church in East Brewton, is organizing a community-wide prayer night.

“We want to pray for the ones working in the hospital, from the janitors to the doctors, to help them stay safe,” said Massingill.

Inviting all churches and members of the community, Massingill is encouraging everyone to gather at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton on Fri., April 3, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Signs of encouragement will be posted on Fri., at the hospital. “I want to thank the Print Station in East Brewton for the signs,” said Massingill.

“Call every person you know and let’s come together to let everyone know God has got this,” he said. “We are East Brewton and Brewton strong,” he added.

The “Drive-In Prayer Night,” will be a time to gather and pray over the DWM staff, patients, and everyone across the county, state, nation, and world that are struggling with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“I’ve got family working there (DWM), and friends working there (DWM). They are the ones on the front lines and need prayer,” said Massingill.

Joining the efforts of many across the state and country, residents in Lee County organized a similar event this past week.

A “Park and Pray,” initiative was started at the East Alabama Medical Center in Lee County, where the third-highest number of COVID-19 cases can be found in the state.

Every morning and night since last week, members of the community unite in prayer at 7 o’clock every morning and night to combat the pandemic.

President Trump on March 14, issued a national day of prayer for all Americans affected by the pandemic. “In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones,” said President Trump after making the declaration.

Massingill believes the church is being “deployed” into the community during this uncertain time and hopes the community will join in.

“The churches are now being deployed into our cities. We are praying over our city and nation.