TROY — Despite moving their event indoors due to ominous weather, Troy Christian Schools prayed and praised God for all their blessings during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.
At noon, students, staff and community members bowed their heads as the National Day of Prayer “Pray for America” was recited. This year’s prayer was written by Dr. Tony Evans and was recited at the same time around the nation.
This year’s theme was “Wake up America,” encouraged those to practice their love, faith and courage outside of their church, homes and schools. This year’s theme verse is Isaiah 58:1A.
Ethan and Ali Martin read this year’s verse and then shared how prayer worked in their lives to start the “Reading for a Change” program in Troy.
“So in this verse God’s people are worshiping in a way that it’s just between them and God and then they walk out of their time worship and instantly do harmful things to other people,” said Ethan Martin after reading the verse. “I think the moral and title of this year’s National Day of Prayer ‘Wake Up America’ we as believers need to stop doing the same thing. Here is a wonderful time for us to gather and pray for our nation, but if we walk out of these doors and our actions do not support those in society who most need our help, then our prayers here do not reach God’s ears — God’s ear is bent towards the one whose actions match up with their worship.”
The Martins shared how they chose to focus their ministry to build the literacy up in the Troy community.
“If you can read you can accomplish anything you want,” Ethan shared.
Ali Martin shared how prayers helped lead her to begin the Reading for Change non-profit organization in Troy. She prayed for resources, volunteers and children who needed their services to make her dream of literacy for all children to come true.
Blessing poured in, including supplies, the first year’s rent of the building, St. Patrick Soup Kitchen’s donation of meals for children enrolled in the courses and more than 25 volunteers to assist the Martins with their dream.
“This is all just from a few months of praying, so you can tell I quickly realized that my prayer life has been transformed,” she said. “It was incredible to us that people that we’ve never met in the community to donate to us for our mission. Some didn’t even know what Reading for Change was and they just stumbled upon our doors, walked in and wrote us a check.”
Ali Martin also shared how she prayed for a specific amount of money for a specific need for the organization. She shared how a woman entered the building and presented her a check for the exact amount of money the very next day.
“That’s the kind of prayer and kind of boldness we have in our community,” she shared. Following the Martin’s story, students and staff sang praise songs before praying for specific groups from their own families to world leaders.
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