Prayer vig­ils be­gin in Ris­ing Sun

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— The first of what the faith­ful hope will be many walk­ing prayer vig­ils be­gan Wed­nes­day night on East Main Street.

Fan­ning out to reach as much of Ris­ing Sun as pos­si­ble, the 45 prayer war­riors di­vided into three

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groups or­ga­nized by Mike Brown.

“We prayed for pro­tec­tion, for re­moval of any gen­er­a­tional curses that might be on this town,” Brown said. “We prayed for pro­tec­tion of the chil­dren and for the police.”

Brown said he felt God was call­ing him to this min­istry and plans to go to Per­ryville next, even­tu­ally hold­ing sim­i­lar walk­ing vig­ils all over Ce­cil County.

Groups stopped at Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School, the Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany of Ris­ing Sun, Howard Bank and Fairview Se­nior Apartments to pray specif­i­cally for the schools, the el­derly, busi­ness and pub­lic safety.

“I’m hum­bled that you all want to do this,” Ris­ing Sun Police Chief Fran­cis “Chip” Peter­son said, re­fer­ring to the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate and adding that law en­force­ment of­fi­cers are not used to be­ing thanked per­son­ally for the work they do each day. “Thank you for pray­ing for us. To­gether we’ll make a huge dif­fer­ence in this town.”

Ris­ing Sun Mayor Travis Mar­ion feels his town is now safer be­cause of the prayers spo­ken over it Wed­nes­day evening.

“I am so happy so many came out and prayed a hedge of pro­tec­tion over our of­fi­cers,” Mar­ion said. “With the rash of shoot­ings around the na­tion, police are a tar­get. We want Ris­ing Sun to be a safe haven for police and let them know we have their backs.”

Those who par­tic­i­pated in the walk were all ages in­clud­ing De­siree Miller from Port De­posit. The 14-yearold was ea­ger to be a part of the event.

“I get a chance to be more con­nected to God,” she said. “I want to pray for peo­ple, make sure they’re safe and thank him for pro­tect­ing them.”

Brown was im­pressed that so many chil­dren were in­volved.

“It’s one thing for adults to see what’s go­ing on in the world and it’s another for kids to want to make a change,” Brown said.

Walk­ing with his Bible open, Rod­ney Brewer prayed us­ing spe­cific scrip­tures in­clud­ing Romans 13:1, which re­minds Chris­tians to ad­here to their lo­cal laws, while re­mem­ber­ing that God is ul­ti­mately in con­trol.

The Rev. Kelly Har­ri­son, pas­tor of Way Of Life Com­mu­nity Church in Ris­ing Sun, prayed for the law en­force­ment com­mu­nity, sur­rounded by of­fi­cers from Ris­ing Sun, North East and Elk­ton police de­part­ments.

“We ask for strength, pro­tec­tion and unity as they make hard de­ci­sions, com­plex de­ci­sions,” Har­ri­son said.

While Brown is or­ga­niz­ing the next walk­ing vigil, Elk­ton Police Chap­lain Joshua Lef­few said there would be an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to pray for Elk­ton on Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

“All the Elk­ton churches are get­ting to­gether to pray start­ing at 8 a.m. at the Pres­by­te­rian church,” Lef­few said.

Brown’s next vigil will be­gin at 6 p.m. Tues­day at the Com­mu­nity of Per­ryville Fire Com­pany sta­tion house on Route 7. All are wel­come to join the walk, Brown said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Mike Brown said he felt God was call­ing him to pray in each town in Ce­cil County. The Ris­ing Sun man started in Ris­ing Sun Wed­nes­day evening, pray­ing over the town’s police as well as North East, rep­re­sented by Chief Dar­rell Hamil­ton and Elk­ton Police, rep­re­sented by Chap­lain Joshua Lef­few.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

One of three groups of peo­ple that trav­eled through Ris­ing Sun Wed­nes­day evening to pray for the town stop in front of Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School.

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