Before dozens of people at Bradwell Park, the Liberty County faith community marked the National Day of Prayer on May 4.
As prayers were offered for the community, first responders, the military and educators, among others, there was also a call to action from faith leaders.
“Thank you for this county we call Liberty,” said Hermon Scott, pastor of Baconton Missionary Baptist Church.
Scott said he is thankful that the community is “stronger and better together than it is separate.” Scott also asked God to help the community love and appreciate each other.
Bishop Kevin Betton Sr. of Cathedral of Praise Church Ministries also called upon the gathering to unite more prayer more frequently.
“We shouldn’t have to wait on the National Day of Prayer,” he said. “We can be the head of the spear.”
Other pastors also called upon the community to put their faith into action.
“It’s time to come of our shadows, it’s time to come out of our churches,” said Aaron Cowart, pastor of Live Oak Church. “I refuse to trade the ear of God for the fear of man.”
Cowart said only 17% of Americans went to church four times a year, and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We can’t pray at ball games, but tell that to the players who surrounded Damar Hamlin,” he said, referring to the Buffalo Bills player who collapsed and had to be revived on the field during a game this past NFL season.
Speakers included Rev. Tony Caldwell of Hinesville First United Methodist Church, Pastor A.D. Shaw of Full Gospel Tabernacle COGIC, Pastor Tommy Crutchfield of Life United Pentecostal Church, Pastor Richard Hayes of New Day Community Church and Rashaad Wright of Forerunner’s Revival Hub Ministry.
The theme of the event, held by the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County, was “Pray Fervently in Righteousness and Avail Much!”