Area Day of Prayer programs continue to grow
CARROLL COUNTY -- With a parking lot full almost all the way to the Eureka Springs High School, National Day of Prayer events got underway in full swing in Carroll?County Wedneday morning.
An estimated 500-600 persons were on hand for a prayer breakfast in the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center where prayers were offered for the nation, church and freedom of religion; education; family; government, media; and the military.
Special music was provided by performers from Pine Mountain Jamboree and the Ozark Mountain Hoedown.
Following the breakfast, an afterglow, with intercessory prayer, was held at the convention center, and both the Little Portion?Retreat Center and Thorncrown Chapel were opened up for prayer throughout the day.
That evening, John?Michael Talbot, of Little Portion, headlined an evening of prayer and praise at the Carroll County Fairgrounds in Berryville.
Winners of a youth art contest were announced Wednesday morning, with awards furnished by local banks. Winters in the six- to eight-year-old category were Elizabeth Loudermilk and Cherish Sellers. Winners for young artists ages 9 to 12 years were Eden?Randolph and Angel Sellers. Loudermilk attends Clear Springs School, and Randolph and Cherish and Angel Sellers are home-schooled.
Featured speaker was Rev. Ron Hutchcraft, president of Ron?Hutchcraft Ministries in Harrison, who addressed the secrets of powerful praying, including realization of who one is talking to, being specific, and unified prayer of several people.
The National Day of Prayer program in Carroll County has grown each year since starting with public prayer at Pine Mountain?Village a few years ago.
A misunderstanding on the part of the Eureka Springs mayor resulted in no local proclamation for the day during the first year, but was cleared up by the following year.
The Prayer Breakfast was instituted as the growth became apparent, and this year, Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney and Carroll County Judge Richard Williams made proclamations for the Day of Prayer, and event activities were expanded to the Carroll County?Fairgrounds, along with Little Portion Retreat Center and Thorncrown Chapel.