Valley Christians Gather on National Day of Prayer (with video)


EL CENTRO — Christians filled the Christ Community Church sanctuary for the 11th Annual Imperial County National Day of Prayer Thursday to cover seven power centers in the country with prayer.

“This was such a blessing. “Attendee Laura Moiola said. “I am so grateful we can still pray for our country.”

Emcee, Gene Brister, introduced each Valley pastor who spoke along with their special commission for prayer. The pastors led the congregation of various faiths and denominations in specific arenas, beginning with Reverend Horning of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, El Centro, and prayer for repentance.

Horning was followed by Pastor Norman Chandler of Turning Point Life Center, Holtville, who prayed for families; Pastor Ted Koroluk, Western Avenue Baptist Church, Brawley, read scripture concerning the work place and business.

Pastor Jonathan Burkee of Grace Lutheran Church, El Centro, led the congregation in prayer for the media, while Pastor Pat Drainville prayed for the government and our military.

Pastor Tommie Rogers ended the prayers with calling on parents to educate their children on who God is.

Between targeted prayer subjects, the Imperial Valley College & Career Worship band, led by Jonathan Perez, played music befitting the chosen topics. The group also played beforehand.

A powerful video taken at the two local prisons, showed the prisoners in prayer, and a fellow prison inmate preaching. The congregation at CCC prayed for the many churches of our country during the video.

The Imperial County National Day of Prayer Task Force led by Nancy Fields planned the annual event.

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