By Faye Gaston

There were 30 folks present at the first Mayor's Prayer Breakfast held in 2020. The 201st Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Person Chapel A.M.E. Church in Midway.

Union Springs Mayor, Saint T. Thomas, Jr., gave the welcome, thanked the cooks, and acknowledged public officials. After the blessing and breakfast, the church pastor, Reverend Eugene Johnson, announced the names of the ones who would pray in eight categories. Rev. Gene Bridgman prayed for lost souls.

He prayed that God would help to reach lost souls in Bullock County and affirmed the necessity for prayer. Robert Turner prayed for churches, that they would be real and authentic churches, and asked God to protect churches from crimes on them which are so common now. Union Springs Police Chief Danny Jackson prayed for protection from harm for law enforcement and firefighters.

Mayor Thomas prayed for state and national concerns that a possible nuclear war could begin in the near future. Dr. Christopher Blair, Superintendent of the Bullock County Public School System, prayed for all school systems in Bullock County.

Pastor and Chief Investigator, Gary Lewis, prayed for concerns of the city and county. Bruce Smithart named God as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military and asked the right decisions be made in using our military.

Rev. Gene Bridgman prayed God's will be done in the physical healing of those with catastrophic illness and they also receive spiritual healing. Superintendent Blair announced a meeting concerning the special school three mil tax referendum in March that would help finance improvements in the public schools in Bullock County. All held hands and sang the traditional prayer meeting benediction, "Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love."

As always, the public is invited to the next prayer breakfast to be held on February 3, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church at 26 Brown Street in Union Springs.

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