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Praying Together begins new year

July 27, 2018 – A group gathers together to pray every month, hoping their words will help unite the community and prevent tragedy.

Kimberly Barrera said she began the Praying Together event after noticing others mention the need to pray for local schools. She said everyone talked about it, but no one would do anything. Michael Boudreaux, senior pastor of Crescent Lake Christian Center, said Barrera approach him in the spring concerning prayer for local students. Calling it the timing of the Lord, he said Excelsior Springs’s Ministerial Alliance just met and decided to do a 24-hour prayer meeting for the community.

“Many communities will have a prayer vigil after a horrendous or tragic event,” he said. “Kimberly Barrera wanted to be proactive—let’s pray for God’s protection, favor and grace and beseech Him to protect us from tragedy.

Barrera said she contacted the Excelsior Springs High School to see if the meeting could take place on school grounds. Deciding to meet on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m., she said the meetings do not affiliate with any church affiliation. They welcome everyone.

She said since beginning in April, attendance varied each month. Sometimes they have five people, other meetings garnered more. Because the school cannot directly endorse the meetings, organizers must rely on other means of advertising. She said Amanda Romazon creates Facebook posts reminding the community of the upcoming meetings. Courtney Cole shares the posts to the over 8,000 members of the “Excelsior Springs Area News, Events and Daily Deals” Facebook group, she said. Barrera said she hopes to involve area pastors to help lead prayers each month.

Romazon said she became involved because she believes praying for our communities and leaders proves to be important.

“With everything that is going on in this world, we definitely need to be praying,” she said, “for our schools, for our communities, our country, our leaders whether we like them or not.”

Boudreaux said it seems the Holy Spirit began reminding members of the community of the importance of prayer. He said he loves how a group from the community began coming together to pray. This meeting shows the importance in praying for local children and teachers, he said, but also leaders including principals and board of education members. Of utmost importance, he said, remains praying for the homes of the children.

Sharon Senger, retired elementary school teacher, said she believes the event proves to be important especially with the current danger in the nation’s schools. She said they pray for everyone, including custodians, cooks and bus drivers.

The first meeting for the new school year will be held Monday, Aug. 6th at 5:30 p.m. The group meets around the tree located outside EHS Performing Arts Center. Future meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month at the same time.

Communities always come together to pray after a local tragedy, Barrera said. Not wanting to wait until after tragedy strikes, she said, she wanted to bring the community together now in hopes Excelsior Springs can avoid such struggles other community have faced.

The residents of Excelsior Springs prove to be great people, she said. People become close knitted. Local teachers raise their children here, she said, Excelsior Springs residents share one connection.

“The community needs to come together,” she said.

Editor’s note: The time listed for the Praying Together even printed in the July 27, 2018 edition of The Excelsior Springs Standard should read 5:30 p.m. I greatly apologize for this error.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. As always, we appreciate you reading The Excelsior Springs Standard.

By Kimberely Blackburn • kimberely@leaderpress.com

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2 Responses to Praying Together begins new year

  1. rose crowley Reply

    July 28, 2018 at 8:32 am

    just because people don’t gather to pray doesn’t mean they aren’t praying for all the wrongs in town and everywhere.

  2. Gary Lile Reply

    August 9, 2018 at 9:48 am

    keep on praying

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