Released 19 April 2013
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As our nation struggles with terrorist acts, gun control, continued economic insecurity, vast healthcare reform, and countless challenges to our constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship, and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 2nd in observance of the 62st annual National Day of Prayer. Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership. Locally, The Salvation Army of Martin County will ask the community to pray for the nation at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2nd at The Salvation Army Corps, located at 821 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in East Stuart.
This year's theme, "Pray for America", is based on Matthew 12:21 which reminds us that "In His name the nations will put their hope." National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Family Talk founder Dr. James Dobson, has said that, "The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the Almighty's guidance, protection, and blessing - not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year."
"This wonderful country was founded on the fact that we are a nation under God" stated Lt. Scott Hoover, Corps Officer and Pastor for The Salvation Army of Martin County. Lt. Hoover continues, "And as such, Christians have an obligation, a responsibility to lift this country, its officials and those who reside under its leadership up to God. We must pray that His abundant grace be poured out on all of us, and for His divine wisdom and guidance to help our leadership make the right decisions for our nation. We ask that those who can come and join us for this very special and much needed united time of prayer for our country."
The Salvation Army of Martin County works throughout the year to provide food and financial assistance to those in distress. Other programs offered by The Salvation Army include emergency disaster assistance, a Friday night food ministry (which provides a hot meal to over 100 people weekly), youth character building programs, a morning Breakfast Club (providing pastries, bread and coffee free of charge), Sunday worship services, bible studies and youth ministry. The Salvation Army of Martin County also operates Compassion House, which provides transitional housing to homeless women and women with children.
The Salvation Army is located at 821 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in East Stuart. For more information, please call 772-288-1471 or visit www.salvationarmystuart.org.