Prayer Breakfast heavily attended

Published 7:00 am Friday, May 4, 2018

Thursday morning, in observance of the National Day of Prayer, Picayune’s Mayor Ed Pinero and other local leaders invited the community to participate in the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast held at The Link at First Baptist Church of Picayune.

Pinero and several religious leaders of the community, including Rev. Allen Hickman from Resurrection Life Worship Church, Rev. Keith Warden from First Baptist Church of Picayune, Rev. Josh Braddy from New Palestine Baptist Church, Rev. Donald Hart and Rev. Dan Young participated in Thursday’s event.

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Hart said it was encouraging to see everybody come together at a local level especially at a time when there is a lot of division and confusion in the country.

After the prayers, Pinero took the stage and addressed the audience about this year’s theme before introducing the event’s keynote speaker, Rich Delgado, Senior Director of Operations at Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center.

Pinero said this year’s theme is “unity” and to see members of the community gather in observance of the day of prayer is testimony to the fact that prayer is alive and well in Pearl River County.

During his speech, Captain Delgado described what unity means to the Navy.

“Unity for the Navy means confidence and character and both are measured by the quality of relationships built with the people around me,” Delgado said.

He thanked the community for the support provided to all branches of the military and expressed his desire for the country to continue to be strong for years to come.

Warden concluded the breakfast by asking guests to join hands and engage in prayer.

“As much as we love our community, just as I pray for things, Jesus is better than any address, better than any agenda,” he said. “We find unity when we are seeing the same thing.”

The National Day of Prayer was signed into law by former President Harry S. Truman in 1952 and since then has been bringing people of all faiths together to pray for the nation, according to The National Day of Prayer website.