You are invited to the “AS ONE” Prayer Walk in downtown Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, April 12, beginning at Festival Park at 10:00 a.m. Thousands will walk and pray for our military, our cities and civic leaders, racial unity, and education.
Two years ago “God in Fayetteville” organized Fayetteville’s first prayer walk called “God Belongs in My City." In our first effort, this gathering attracted over 7000 participants with over 5800 walkers--volunteers, children, young adults and church groups--all united for this cause. Fayetteville's former Mayor, Anthony Chavonne, city council and other public officials also participated in this historic event.
This year the name of the prayer walk has been changed to include the city of Fayetteville and the surrounding towns as one, thus the name change: “As ONE”--The Prayer Walk. The following Scripture is the theme of the walk:
“…Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:3-6).
To ensure each church and resident of Cumberland County is represented and included, we strive to reach every pastor; and have invited the mayors, community leaders, and public officials of all 9 municipalities of Cumberland County. We are asking all pastors and encourage civic leaders to invite the members of their churches and residents of their community to participate and benefit from this faith-based walk. As a result of our unity, we are expecting to experience a mighty move of God!
[Editor's comment: in an email from Crystal Sisk, the executive assistant and secretary to Pastor John Hedgepeth, she sent the following explanation for this event given to Hugh's News for publication:
IPHC's Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham, Bishop Jimmy Whitfield of the NC Conference, and Pastor John Hedgepeth of Northwood Temple Church will be participating in the "AS ONE" Prayer Walk in Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, April 12, at 10:00 a.m. Also, other pastors of our denomination and their congregations will be participating and walking in this event as well. Bishop Doug Beacham and his wife, Susan, thought it was important enough to fly in just to attend the event.
I am honored and pleased to continue serving IPHC Ministries, and especially this event in Fayetteville, NC, the home of Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne. May God protect our men and women who serve in the military posts and bases in the states and around the world. We are living in an evil world, and we need God every moment of our lives.
May God protect our presiding bishop and our first lady, Doug and Susan Beacham as they travel to be involved in ministry at crucial events like this one.]
Sun, April 6, 2014
by Hugh Morgan