If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. —Isaiah 58:10
Many members of the community joined together at noon, Thurs., May 8, at First Baptist Church of Logan to engage in Prayer Against Poverty.
Rev. Tim Barnhouse began the meeting with a message of hope.
“The very fact that you showed up today shows that you care, shows that you care for southern W. Va.”
The day of prayer began with poverty-specific Bible verses read by some of the religious leaders in Logan Co.
“We see from the Bible that God has preferential treatment for the poor,” Barnhouse said. “We have many factors that attribute to poverty in southern W. Va. that members of our church listed last night, and that we, as a church, will be praying for: unemployment, lack of diversity in the job field, addiction to drugs and alcohol, laziness, lack of education, attitude of generational entitlement, mental health, abusive relationships.”
Prayer began with coporate prayer lead by Barnhouse for poverty as a whole.
“It is so clear that you love the poor,” Barnhouse said. “It’s so clear that we must treat those people with dignity. Give us Your eyes so we won’t judge people based on their appearance or decisions; we’ll just love them.”
The participants then broke off into small groups at six different stations around the church to pray. The stations were: children, the economy, agencies that relieve the pain of poverty, the unemployed, drug rehabilition centers and a prayer box for specific, poverty-related prayers.
Before the closing of the ceremony, Barnhouse concluded with one statement: “We know if Jesus was here right now… We know that Jesus would be praying this same prayer.”