The atmosphere was charged with excitement as soon as we arrived at Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Freedom Sunday was a night of powerful prayer and songs of worship to the ONE TRUE GOD, who protects, frees, and demands justice.
We’ve all heard it said that music is the universal language, and it’s so true. No other vehicle powerfully captures our collective hopes and fears or more poignantly celebrates our dreams and triumphs. Within the first song, Justice Band members: Tim Bakker, Brandon Baldwin, Bruce Camp, Mary Beth El Shafie, Logan Jones, Phil Lawson, Alex Mejias, and our own Sara Pomeroy, made it obvious that this worship service would express truth in a way that transforms and entertains.
Dr. Drexel Rayford, Pastor of Walnut Grove Baptist Church greeted us with such a welcoming prayer of love and affection for God’s people. Sara Pomeroy, RJI Director and Founder, introduced us to Christa Hayden, IJM Director of Church Mobilization. Christa shared an amazing story of her involvement in the heroic rescue of little girls in Cambodia. She powerfully prayed for the victims of human trafficking. For their strength, salvation, protection, freedom, and justice. For their hope and healing. The power of this prayer caused many of us to cry and earnestly seek God for the victims.
Pastor Brian Gullins led us to pray for the traffickers and johns. For conviction, repentance and salvation, for the criminal networks to dismantle, and for the oppressors to be arrested and prosecuted.
Pastor Lisa Hampson prayed for our law enforcement officers, for their discernment in forming alliances, for cunning, and for the corruption to cease. One brave officer came forward to stand as a representation of all officers.
Shannon Meyyer prayed for all Non-Government Organizations. Pastor Sam Meyyer, prayed for the Church.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – Ellen Andrusia, RJI Volunteer Staff