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Music, dance, hope fuel Day of Prayer in Youngstown

Published: Fri, May 3, 2013 @ 12:01 a.m.


Under the encouraging eyes of his mother, Hattie R. Hudson, 9-year-old Elisha J. Hudson reads his favorite passage from Psalm 23 that begins, “The Lord is my shepherd,” during National Day of Prayer on Thursday. Youngstown and Regional Prayer Team sponsored the event downtown with about 100 participating.

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A combination of inspirational music, interpretative dance and energizing messages uplifted about 100 participants who gathered Thursday to celebrate National Day of Prayer.

Pastor Ebenezer Appiagyei of New Hope Free Methodist Church in Warren offered the keynote address at the event staged by Youngstown and Regional Prayer Team on East Federal Street downtown.

He said many Valley residents “experienced the great days of steel,” but today people “see desolation and feel depressed.”

Pastor Appiagyei encouraged believers “that the glory of the city is still to come” and “they’re where God wants them to be.”

He said Valley residents must “put hope and confidence in the Lord,” and by doing so, God will not abandon the city and Valley.

The pastor predicted better days brought about by public and private prayer. He urged people to have a “committed relationship with God” and that will result in good things happening in the Valley.

“Hope is not found in the past but in the future,” Pastor Appiagyei said, adding it is by “coming together as people of God” this will happen.

Pastor Dan Barker of Cortland Trinity Baptist Church said, “The Valley is on the cusp of a great revival ... a prayer movement that’s part of a global movement.”

He challenged those in attendance to “adopt their street” and pray “home by home.”

He said Trumbull County Prayer Movement is poised to open a community prayer room in Warren in the next four to six weeks. The goal is have 24/7 prayer. “We want to cover the region in prayer,” Pastor Barker said.

The youngest speaker to address the crowd, 9-year-old Elisha J. Hudson, inspired those gathered with his devotion. He read his favorite passage from Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. ...”

Elisha, a third-grader at Williamson Elementary School, is a son of Hattie R. Hudson and Ernest Hudson.

“He’s a prayer warrior,” said Larry Stephens, who with his wife, Betty, are leaders of Youngstown and Regional Prayer Team.

The Bride of Christ, a group of dancers from churches in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, performed interpretative dance selections. Debra Ingram leads the dancers.

The praise team of Touch Heaven Canfield Church provided music. Samuel Torres, associate pastor and minister of worship at the church, led the group.

The Davidic Army provided the call to worship and close of the event by blowing shofars. Emma Donaldson gave the invocation, Christina Chism sang the national anthem and Eagle Scout Robert McKay led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Other prayer observances were marked by Hubbard Christians in Action, Crestview Churches Community Concerns and in Girard and Salem. Youngstown and Regional Prayer Team also sponsored a prayer breakfast.


1Askmeificare(1170 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Brides of Christ?

Look, I'm not trying to be negative, but that name is completely and totally disrespectful toward lord jesus christ.

christ NEVER married, so why would a devotion group try to propagandize history with such a name? What makes this group think they know better than christ? christ sacrificed marriage, but the sinners of this group FORCE their ideology unto a marital platform.

Look, if you wanted to have the perception of uniting with christ in every way, there are better christian ways to name your organization.

Secondly and finally, it is lord jesus christ, not christ. Why are you not giving the savior of the world his rightful title? Why would you blasphemy his name? Physicians have the respect of being called doctor as a name prefix, why do you feel the lord jesus christ is less deserving, that you simply state christ? You folks don't even show amusing respect by using "Mr." as a name prefix.

Again, not trying to be negative, but it is very apparent your organization was ONLY looking for a snazzy name and NOT looking for raising the love lord jesus christ deserves. All of you must make it right with god.

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2Laurel(1 comment)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Perhaps it would be beneficial if you went back to the beginning of the Bible, and CAREFULLY read through again...especially the New Covenant where our Lord Yeshua the Messiah was perfectly recognized as "the Bridegroom"! Even the Apostle Paul says that the believer is Betrothed to Christ (2 Cor 11:2) and yes, Paul does say just Christ! (it means the Anointed One) By the way, god with a small g is usually reserved to imply false gods...we Honor the Creator with an upper case G; God... Prov. 14:16 A wise one fears and departs from evil, but the fool rages and is sure.

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