By Linda Waggener, marketing and media relations coordinator
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Prayers for America, for Kentucky, for the community and for Campbellsville University led the agenda at the Taylor County Ministerial Association’s National Day of Prayer breakfast meeting at CU on May 2.
In his brief welcome, master of ceremonies the Rev. Michael Goodwin, TCMA vice president and pastor of Salem Baptist Church, said, “Prayers for our nation have never been needed more than now.”
The Rev. Brian Rafferty, pastor of Elk Horn Baptist Church, guest speaker, presented statistics that the average person prays for three minutes a day and challenged each leader in the filled meeting room to become, and lead others to become, a praying people. “Declare today that we’re not praying enough and that God is counting on us.”
He said, “The Bible says pray and it will be given. Wow! Start every day with prayer. There is something special about getting up early and finding God before the day gets crazy with ringing phones and busyness. None of us will ever find peace running to man.” he said, “We must pray to our Lord to place a spiritual hedge of protection around us.”
Leaders in attendance included: State Senator, 14th District, Jimmy Higdon, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young, Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton, U.S. Army National Guard First Class Matthew Simpson and Taylor County High School ambassadors Spencer Tungate and Cassie Miller. Each of the guests brought greetings from their areas, prayer needs and inspiration.
As the meeting came to a close, the Rev. Michael Caldwell, president, presented service recognition awards from the Taylor County Ministerial Association to outgoing secretary, John Chowning, (1999-2013) vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University, and to his secretary Sheila Douglas for their years of service. Chowning said that their service would not stop just because the titles do.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.