|Community to pray for rain at noon Tuesday|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
July 24, 2006 - Dry, hot conditions continue to plague Hopkins County and its residents, particularly those in the agriculture or farming industries and those affected by it to the point daily operations are a struggle just to meet daily operational needs.
That's why, for the second time since January, Hopkins County Christian Alliance is putting out the call to "everybody who believes in God" to meet on the steps at Hopkins County Courthouse Tuesday at noon for an hour of community prayer to ask for rain.
On Jan. 17, more than 100 community members gathered on the square to offer up a united prayer request for rain in this area to relieve the drought. By the weekend, each portion of the county had received at least two inches of rain, which continued to fall at least one day during week each of the following two months, proof that prayers are answered, says Hopkins County Christian Alliance President Larry Jordan, who is also pastor at New Beginnings Fellowship Church.
"It didn't rain that night, but it rained one time each week for the next eight weeks. That weekend it rained like 2 to 3 inches. Prayer works, prayer and faith," Jordan said.
Following in the continued drought, and the recent disaster declaration and requests for funding for drought relief, county commissioners contacted Hopkins County Ministerial Alliance to see if local pastors and alliance members would once again host a rain prayer service on the square. Of course, they agreed, according to Jordan.
HCCA members are inviting farmers, churches, city, county and state government agencies, businesses, families and individuals and "all believers who know that God does hear and answer our prayers" to attend the hour-long prayer session which begins at 12 noon Tuesday on the courthouse steps.
"We've been getting the word out to churches and pastors. We want everybody who believes in God to be with us and pray. We need community unityon this. We want anybody and everybody that can and would like to, to be there. We need as many as we can get to get together and pray," Jordan said.
Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap will begin the session with a greeting, then turn it over to HCCA and those present to begin offering up prayers asking for rain to help our community.
Anyone with questions about the prayer service can contact Larry Jordan at New Beginnings Fellowship at 903-885-0624 or HCCA member Carolyn Thomas at 903-348-6164.