We are blessed to live in a community where our leaders are not ashamed to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ. Last Thursday was a great example of this continued commitment by our leaders.
Early in the morning Baxley Mayor Steve Rigdon hosted his annual Prayer Breakfast at First Baptist Church. This is always a unique experience as the event brings together Christians from all walks of life and various denominations. This yearly breakfast sets the tone for the events associated with the annual National Day of Prayer, held not only in Baxley, but also across the nation.
During the event the large crowd was treated to music provided by members of the Appling County High School Band and the Appling County High School Choral Department. Jonathan Hickox and Karen Davis, directors of these programs, are to be commended for the excellent job they do year after year guiding our talented youth. Appling High School Assistant Principal David Williams also shared in song singing Midnight Cry. Williams stated that brothers Greg and Chuck Day penned the famous gospel song right here in Baxley while visiting the community for revival services held at the Baxley Church of God in 1986.
Brunswick Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Stephen D. Kelly served as the guest speaker for the event and offered a challenge to attendees to become prayer warriors. Judge Kelly simply asked, “Can you imagine what would happen in Baxley, Georgia, if we all became prayer warriors? We need to take our prayer life to the next level – ‘If My People who are called by My name’ (referring to II Chronicles 7:14) – that’s you and me.”
Mayor Pro-tem Dr. Esco Hall, Jr. and Baxley Church of God pastor Lamar Lee offered opening and closing prayers for the service. The men of First Baptist Church rose early and cooked a great breakfast for all in attendance.
At 6:00 p.m., citizens joined at the Appling County Courthouse Annex Building for the National Day of Prayer. Prayers were lifted up for our community, state and nation. Then on Saturday, Christians joined together for the annual Walk For Jesus through downtown Baxley.
What a great week for Christianity in Appling County. Thank you to our government leaders and church leaders for sponsoring these events that help bring our community closer to God.