- Last Updated on 08:37 AM 04/18/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Gospel singer, Hee Haw star, comedienne and Hall of Famer LuLu Roman will be the featured guest at this year’s local National Day of Prayer celebration.
According to NDP Chairman Larry McPeters, this year’s free event is set for Thursday, May 3, beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Halifax County High School auditorium.
Prayer will remain the main emphasis throughout the event, organizers said, noting that individual prayers for the government, military, church, media, business, education and family will be offered throughout this year’s event.
The national theme for this day is “One Nation Under God.” Its inspiration is taken from Psalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
This year the NDP committee plans to feature spiritual entertainment through song and testimony featuring Hall of Famer LuLu Roman.
LuLu Roman has enjoyed many successes in her life, but also more than her share of disappointments and hardships.
Famous for her side-splitting humor and jovial disposition, a lesser known story lies behind those sparkling radiant eyes which have often been filled with tears, of pain and of joy as well.
People know LuLu as the most requested female cast member of the long running hit television show “Hee Haw.” It is in reruns now on RFD making it 42 years old, gaining a whole new audience of young people.
LuLu is known for her accomplished and celebrated song writing and singing all over the world.
Few know that LuLu was born in a home for unwed mothers and shortly after birth was dropped off in an orphans’ home in Dallas, Texas.
Having been born with a thyroid dysfunction, it would be there that she first endured the pain of being unacceptable because of her weight. Preventing her from being adopted, her weight was the brunt of teasing and name-calling. This is when she learned to use her sense of humor as a defense mechanism.
In 1973 she found her faith in the Lord and from then a changed life forever. She discovered she had a talent she nor anyone from the Hee Haw show could ever imagine, she could sing.
In 1985 she won the coveted “Dove Award” for “Album of The Year by a Secular Artist.”
In 1998 she was inducted into The Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
In 2002 LuLu’s 16th album, “LuLu Inspired” was nominated for the Dove Award.
In 2007 she was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.
In 2007 she also was awarded, with the Hee Haw cast, “The Entertainers Award” from TV Land.
In 2008 she was awarded the “J D Sumner Living Legend Award.”
She also was awarded the “Living Legend Award” in 2010.
In 2011 she was awarded the “Favorite Crossover Artist” by CGM Fan Awards.
To date LuLu has recorded 19 albums and is still singing in churches, ladies retreats, fairs and anywhere she is welcomed to share her life story and music.
Her latest project “Seven Times” has garnered an international number one song, “Do You Know How To Fly” and is still being shared over the globe. It has one of the last songs her precious friend Dottie Rambo wrote for her, “Move Upon Us.”
LuLu now continues to travel and share her testimony as well as her unpredictable sense of humor. She is an accomplished author having written several books. One is a cookbook called “Kitchen Komforts.” It includes delicious recipes, stories of her life and lots of personal photographs.
LuLu’s personal scripture is Jeremiah 29: 11-14 -- “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans not to harm you but to give you hope and a future, and if you will seek my face, I will be found, and I will bring you out of bondage.”
Due to support from local sponsors, the NDP event does not charge a fee to those attending. The event is free to all participating.
“The National Day of Prayer is right around the corner, and America needs your prayers more now than ever,” said McPeters.
“We continue to face moral decline, economic turmoil, military conflict in the Middle East and assault on our religion. We need to stand firm and never compromise our faith,” he added.
According to McPeters, the local team consists of dedicated loyal and faithful men and women who love Jesus and have a belief that prayer is the hope for our nation.
“We love this nation God has planted us in and need to do all we can to take care of it,” he added.
“We encourage you to pray for our nation and leaders every day and that you support this local Day of Prayer as we work to achieve the divine purpose for which we are called,” he added.
In addition to Chairman McPeters, serving on the committee are Dr. Russell Lee, program chair; Virginia Cumbey, publicity; Julia Barker, Bob Brown and Winston Harrell, program committee.
For more information about the NDP event, interested persons can call 572-2608 or visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org