Pastor Chris Wallis of the Outreach North Church speaks on addiction and prays for those affected at the Day of Prayer in Vinton County. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)
Pastor Chris Wallis of the Outreach North Church speaks on addiction and prays for those affected at the Day of Prayer in Vinton County. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)

Both the institutions making such events possible, and societal issues destroying them was one of the talking points for Vinton County’s observance of the National Day of Prayer, which took place Thursday, May 5. This year, the event was moved from the Courthouse steps to the Wild Turkey Festival Main Stage and was coordinated by Vinton County High School seniors. 

Several churches had representatives there, as did the Truth Christian School in Hamden. Their students led the Pledge of Allegiance and there was a group prayer for churches, for which several ministers joined together as a team.

The speakers and their respective topics were Pastor Chris Wallis of Outreach North Church (Addiction), Aaron Madosky of Compel Ministries (Government), Randy Hardman of McArthur United Methodist Church (Military), Pastor Jim Taylor of the Pleasant Valley Trinity Church (Business), Reverend Roger Hauck of Hamden United Church (Churches), and Perry Smith of the Renovate Church (Media, with an emphasis on social media).

Addiction was a new addition to the prayer list. As Pastor Wallis pointed out, addiction is a problem for families, the government, the healthcare system, and social-service providers. He called addition “a powerful weapon and one that is difficult to break.”

During his speech on churches, Reverend Hauck asked all the pastors to come and join him for a group prayer.

Reverend Hardman explained that prayers are needed for military leaders and the critical decisions they make that involve life and death. 

As the program closed, Wellman thanked everyone for coming and noted people need to pray every day and remember the importance of the National Day of Prayer.