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Around 130 gather in Goshen for National Day of Prayer event

Around 130 people gathered Thursday on the Elkhart County Courthouse lawn in Goshen to mark National Day of Prayer.
Posted on May 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 2, 2013 at 5:19 p.m.

GOSHEN — Around 130 people gathered Thursday, May 2, outside the Elkhart County Courthouse to mark National Day of Prayer.

Several speakers led the assembled group in prayer, musicians provided song and smaller groups huddled together to pray among themselves. The theme of the event, one of many held nationwide, was “Pray for America.”

“We need prayer,” said Goshen resident Kim Maurer, who attended with her two daughters. “I think we need God’s leadership and direction for things, life decisions.”

Tammy Simpson, also of Goshen, lamented that many don’t seem to go to church. “Just kind of here to pray for those people and pray for my kids and the community,” she said.

George Washington and the nation’s other founding fathers were “men of prayer,” said Ed Wright, one of the organizers of the Goshen event. One of the aims is to promote prayer among the public, he continued, noting that deviating from God’s precepts, the nation “can fall into ruin.”

The National Day of Prayer is an annual event. Other activities locally Thursday included a prayer breakfast in Goshen and prayer at Hubbard Hill Estates Retirement Community in Elkhart.

Another event was scheduled for Iglesia De Cristo Ministerios Llamada Final “El Shadai” later Thursday in Goshen.




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