Speakers cover community during National Day of Prayer in Greencastle


Six citizens spoke or prayed about various aspects of society during the Greencastle National Day of Prayer May 2. Approximately 75 people attended the service at First United Methodist Church.

Rep. Todd Rock said news about current events was frustrating, because what used to be right wasn’t right any more. He prayed that all elected officials be given clarity, wisdom and courage. In his own role in state government, Rock said the second hardest thing for him was to do what was right. The most difficult was to live with his conscience if he failed.

Businessman H. Duane Kinzer addressed situations around Greencastle. He stressed that everyone had to work together, and all businesses needed the integrity of “the little man”, who operated most of the companies in town.

Rev. Floyd Myers said, “Prayer is the most pressing need for churches.” He asked that religious bodies turn to prayer for revival, to cut pride and complacency, for rescue from sin’s power, for a renewed passion to worship, and other needs.

Valorie Ekho, a homeschooling mother of four, expressed dismay that the nation was turning against the Biblical family. She encouraged prayer as a way to be delivered from fear, and for wisdom for all who influenced children.

Dean Gearhart, a substitute teacher, said while many students were seeking something, many were also preaching the gospel. That was due to a good home life. “The majority of students stand up for what’s right.”

Rev. Don Woody, who served in the Army for seven years, prayed for the volunteers who made up the military, for veterans back home, and for all the families.

The theme of National Day of Prayer was “Pray for America”, based on Matthew 12:21 - “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

The Greencastle observance began in 1994 with Greencastle-Antrim Women’s Fellowship the sponsor. They were joined in 1995 by the Greencastle-Antrim Ministerium and have shared hosting the event ever since.