Ferriday begins series of prayer revival services

Published 2:24 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Area residents will come together and pray for the town of Ferriday at Harvest Baptist Church tonight.

Tonight at 7 is the first of three nights that Harvest Baptist Church is hosting a city-wide prayer to address the racial, economic and crime problems facing Ferriday, Evangelist Gay Cooper said.

The mayor, chief-of-police and several town council members will be in attendance to pray, Cooper said.

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While she hopes for a bigger crowd, Cooper said that she is OK if only two people show up.

“The Bible says that if two or more people are gathered together then the Lord is present, so if only two people show up, I’m still blessed by that,” she said.

The theme of the revival comes from the Bible verse 2 Chronicles 7:14, which states, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

That verse is inspiring, Cooper said.

“I still believe that nothing happens until we pray, and things in Ferriday aren’t going to change until we humble ourselves and pray,” she said.

The other nights for revival services are April 20 and 27, both also beginning at 7 p.m.

“April 20 will be an exciting time,” Cooper said.

It will be a youth-led service, with the youth from the New Morning Star Baptist Church choir singing. Churches from Vidalia will also be in attendance, she said.

“This is basically going to be their (the youth’s) night because it’s important that they be a part of this,” Cooper said. “They’re our future. The children must be a part of what God is doing.”

April 27 will be the icing on the cake, she said.

“We’re going to just pray and celebrate Jesus and what he’s doing, has done and is going to do,” she said.

“Hopefully this will not be the last prayer revival. “Hopefully this will be ongoing until saints come.”