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National Day of Prayer to celebrate 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer event when thousands gather all across the country to unite in prayer as they worship God on the National Day of Prayer. On Thursday, May 1, at 6:45 p.m. at the Halifax County High School auditorium, hundreds of locals will gather to observe the National Day of Prayer, “1 Voice, 1 Day, May 1.” 

This year’s theme, “One Voice United in Prayer,” is taken from Romans 15:6, “So that with one mind and one voice, you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

During the local prayer event, Christians will offer testimonies, and the Rev. Jack Stewart will recognize and honor local fire departments.

Songwriter T. Graham Brown will be the featured guest, sharing his testimony and entertaining the audience with his hit country songs. 

Brown has penned several songs and has garnered 10 Top-10 hits, a CMA Award and a long list of national radio and television ads. 

In 1998, Brown’s single, “Wine into Water,” not only inspired the lives of countless individuals but went all the way to the top of the Christian Country Music chart and was awarded the number one independent music video of the year. 

He incorporates much from that song into his testimony.  

For the last four years, the event has been held in the Halifax County High School auditorium when the gathering became an evening event. The auditorium, that seats roughly 1,500, has held 800 plus attendees each year. 

Originally, the event began at Dan River Baptist Church fellowship hall with 45 people attending, and with each following year, attendance has grown. 

Looking back on the second year, one can see how it grew in a year’s time with 75 people attending. Eventually the attendance grew to the point where the fellowship hall was no longer large enough. 

Then it was moved to The Prizery where breakfast was held, and local speakers were present. 

When the attendance maxed the capacity there, National Day of Prayer was moved to the National Guard Armory where approximately 300 people crowded into the building, once again filling it to capacity. 

The choice to move it to Halifax County High School came after the organization committee received suggestions from those who were not able to attend the morning event due to work conflicts.

Suggestions requested a different way to observe the National Day of Pray allowing more participation from area residents desiring a place to come together as a group to pray. 

Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Committee Larry McPeters said, “For a small community, this organization has been successful in getting support locally from sponsors that realize the need and importance of prayer.

“I believe that what we are doing is Biblical because Jesus asked us to pray, and when you pray, you are blessed as an individual, and when the community comes together to pray the community is blessed. If you love your country and love your God, how can you not be a part of this committee, sponsor the event or support it with your presence?” 

Jimmy Watts, who has been a member for three years, said he also believes in the power of prayer.

Watts said, “Our nations need our prayers. I have been blessed to serve with a group of good people, giving of their time and talents to serve.”  

Everyone is invited to attend this year’s event on May 1 at the high school, and the committee encourages the public to spread the word to churches, community organizations and family members.