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Ministers plan citywide day of prayer fasting
"As Christians, once we're born again, we're already unified in Christ," Davis said. "But unity has to be learned."
It's not about conformity of individual doctrines, but about unity of heart, the ministers said.
That's when Nelson, Davis and other pastors began talking about organizing an event separate from May's National Day of Prayer and with a back to basics focus: No speakers, no breakfast, no hoopla. Just prayer. Just people of prayer praying together.
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"Our whole goal is to see the pastors of this region come together to pray and speak blessing over this area," Nelson said. "With all the undercurrent that's been going through our city, as pastors, we want to pray over that and speak life over Puma Suede Classic Trainers
That's why Davis has joined Rusty Nelson, lead pastor of The Rock Family Worship Center, and leaders from 18 other Christian congregations and ministries to organize a Day of Prayer and Fasting Aug. 21 for Huntsville.
Michael Mercier / The Huntsville TimesPastor Rusty Nelson
HUNTSVILLE, AL As the Rev. O. Wendell Davis, senior pastor of Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, figures it, if Christians in this city will get their act together, the anger that rumbled through town meetings in the past year over public Puma Suede Womens housing and school decisions can Puma X Gucci
And Christians must start any change with prayer.
"Rusty and I looked at it like this," Davis said. "We believe there is Puma Platform Vs Creeper
The genesis for the ecumenical and inter racial prayer project was born in the depths of last winter. That's when the city reeled from back to back shootings, first at a middle school and then at a university amid a troubled atmosphere rife with anger over changes in public housing, school closures and where a homeless shelter should be.
"If we pray for each other, including our city government, things will change," Davis said recently. "Then we can enter into healthy dialogue and address those issues in a Christian manner."
One of the ways Nelson said he sees God's hand in the effort already is that the Day is jointly sponsored and organized by pastors of both black and white congregations.
Michael Mercier / The Huntsville TimesThe Rev. Dr. O. Wendell Davis
Huntsville's year of discontent came as the world economy ground to a halt, the funding for NASA was threatened, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem mired in confusion, and oil poisoned the Gulf of Mexico.
"In the 11 years I have lived in Huntsville, I have never seen the potential for so many multi cultural congregations and pastors coming together," Nelson said. "This is not just inter denominational; it has got to be inter racial. God is doing that, and that's a wonderful thing."
power in prayer. Sometimes people think that is just a clich, but when we pray sincerely, it helps us to embrace each other."
One aspect of the day that will unite all who participate will be the most basic human sensation: Hunger.
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