Rev. Fred Douglas, pastor of Mt. Silla Missionary Baptist Church on Locke Avenue in Union Springs, gave a welcome at the 194th Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. He offered a prayer for concerns of the state and nation in one of the eight prayer topics used at each of the monthly prayer breakfasts. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

By Faye Gaston

The 194th Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was held on Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Mt. Silla Missionary Baptist Church in Union Springs.

The printed program featured a brief history of the church. Pastor of Mt. Silla, Rev. Fred Douglas, and Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. gave the welcome. Rev. Douglas secured eight volunteers to pray in eight categories.

Mayor Thomas thanked the cooks of the church for the breakfast and recognized public officials. He noted that there were 37 folks in attendance. There were announcements of public events.

There was a breakfast blessing prayed and prayers were offered in these categories: Bishop William Givens for Lost Souls; Bishop Eva Givens for churches; Rev. Fred Douglas for concerns of Alabama and America; Rev. Gene Bridges for schools; Bruce Smithart for the military; Mayor Thomas for concerns of Union Springs and Bullock County; Police Chief Danny Jackson for law enforcement and fire fighters; and Solomon Marlow for those suffering with catastrophic illness.

Bishop William Givens had prayed to God to "bless our nation and its leadership and to bless Israel and its leadership." It is noted that the day before, Sunday, June 2, 2019, was designated a "Special Day of Prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump (I Timothy 2:1-2) " by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Christians across America were praying for the President on that special day. Bishop Givens' prayer for Israel was also needed because Israel is the number one ally of America of all other countries of the world.

The dismissal of the prayer breakfast was the joining of hands as all sang, "Blest Be the Tie that Binds our Hearts in Christian Love." The next Prayer Breakfast will on on July 1, 2019 at Eastside Baptist Church on Holcombe Avenue at 7:00 a.m.

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