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Event will keep power of prayer going strong
In the pulpit
Pastor  Lady Betton
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Prayer always is in order. In this chaotic, stress-filled society, prayer is the one thing that can bring hope, peace, love and healing.

On May 3, this country paused to celebrate her 61st National Day of Prayer. Recognizing the necessity of continued prayer, the Temple of Praise Church Ministries of Hinesville will present a city-wide prayer breakfast at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Club Stewart ballroom.

Lady Lorraine Betton, along with her husband Dr. Kevin L. Betton Sr., overseer of Temple of Praise Church Ministries, will be the prayer breakfast hosts and visionaries. The theme of the prayer breakfast is:  “A Mile in Her Shoes” and is taken from Hebrews 2:14-18 (Message translation).

The church’s first city-wide prayer breakfast was held in 2001 at Club Stewart.

“What might we learn about prayer, mercy, loving kindness or true Christian fellowship if we would walk a mile in another sister’s shoes,” Lady Betton said.

A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Lady Betton has a passion for helping women.

 “We want to help women in crises. So many women are sitting in the church screaming silently. When you asked how they are doing, they respond with, ‘I’m blessed and highly favored,’ but they are hiding and masking their real feelings,” she said.  

“We will have a number of presenters who are first ladies from various churches in the community. They will be presenting women’s issues and challenges. We are going to walk in some other sisters’ shoes,” Betton said.

In her role as the first lady of Temple of Praise Church Ministries, Lady Betton teaches the women’s ministry.

“I also conduct counseling sessions with my husband,” she said.

According to Church Administrator Elder Sheletta Beverly, the purpose of the breakfast is to bring unity and awareness to the body of Christ.

“Often times, we judge people, but we don’t know what they have gone through or what they are experiencing. We don’t know until we have walked a mile in their shoes,” she said.  

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Julia M. McMillan of the New Dawn Restoration Center in Tampa, Fla. A well-known and highly sought-after conference speaker, preacher, evangelist, teacher and lecturer, Dr. McMillan is a woman of God who brings healing, restoration, edification, release and revelation to the Body of Christ. Through her powerful ministry, she has seen countless people released from the shackles that were holding them in bondage.

A professional educator, she is the first black woman employed as an adjunct professor of religion and biblical teaching methodologies at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va. Dr. McMillan currently serves as the senior pastor of New Dawn Restoration Center.

A prayer of forgiveness will be given by evangelist Debbie Morse of the Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church of Hinesville. Dr. Henrietta Gray of Overcoming by Faith Ministries in Savannah will give the prayer of healing, and Dr. Kevin Betton will render the prayer of deliverance.

This prayer breakfast is open to the public. For more information, call 876-6369 or 876-6459.

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