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With heads bowed and eyes closed, prayer spread throughout Grant County on May 7 in celebration of the 58th Annual National Day of Prayer.
A free breakfast was held at First Love Community Church in Crittenden and Williamstown Christian Church with a complementary lunch offered at the courthouse, where a celebration was also held in the evening.
A prayer was said to attendees every 30 minutes.
“It was extraordinary,” said Seth Faulk, who spearheaded the local activities. “We were able to serve a few over 200 people for breakfast and over 500 people for lunch. There was prayer service at the bus depot. There was prayer service at Grant County High School that the students put together themselves. We were able to field more than 300 prayer requests at exit ramps. It was a prayer-filled day.”
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
Volunteers were available throughout the day for prayer opportunities at every exit ramp from Corinth to Crittenden.
“We feel that it’s important that the public knows that prayer is our answer,” said Robbin Sweigart, who volunteered with her husband, Tyrone, at the Marathon gas station in Dry Ridge. “Our economy is going bad and there’s a lot of people out there who need help. God is where it’s at.”
Even when people did not stop, Sweigart said many honked their horns and gave them a thumbs up in appreciation for the work they were doing.
“We had a trucker who stopped by who saw our sign and he needed directions,” she said. “We sent blessings with him and gave him directions.”
Despite any problems that may be going on in the world, Faulk said it seemed like those celebrating the Day of Prayer were insulated from it.
“We didn’t dwell on anything negative, the economy or anything,” he said. “We were just there to pray for our community. It wasn’t a finger pointing day. It was a day we could celebrate prayer and turn to God for the answers.”
With 15 local churches involved and more than 170 volunteers, Faulk said he was “incredibly encouraged” by the support and turnout for the event.
He said he is looking forward to an even better Day of Prayer next year.
“My anticipation is that next year will be even bigger,” Faulk said. “I think we made a really big statement that as a unified group we can really do some amazing things.”