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Local churches come together for flood relief, revival

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Some of the participants in a planned citywide revival and fundraiser stand for a photograph at First Baptist Church on Village Drive after a planning meeting on Wednesday. Pictured are (from left) George Wallace, Pastor Steve Davis, Pastor Darrell L. Thomas, Minister Al Armstrong, Pastor Daryl R. Napper, Minister Pamela Mitchell, Lisa Hayes, Pastor Eddie Scott, and Lexington City Schools Board of Education Superintendent Darrick Horton. [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]

Just as flood waters have risen in disasters across the state due to Hurricane Florence, more than 20 Lexington churches will unite in anticipation of a wave of citywide revival and relief efforts.
 
Planning efforts began with Pastor Daryl Napper’s vision to help with hurricane relief through the Baptist convention.
 
Inspired by Psalms 121:2, the notion of a collective revival began brewing as Napper began to share his vision with the Lexington Community Ministers Conference and city leaders.
 
“We can do more together than apart,” Napper assured. “I hope to raise no less than $3,000 and be able to send a truckload of non-perishable items and water to assist victims who have been affected by the hurricane.”
 
Revival events will take place at First Baptist Church on 210 Village Drive on Oct. 16-18 at 7 p.m. Intercessory prayer begins at 6 each night along with a daily prayer line that will open at noon each day. For those seeking prayer, the phone number is (302) 202-1118 and use PIN 48469.
 
Nightly revival speakers on Oct. 16, Tuesday: Bishop James Woodson, Home of Fresh Start of Greensboro. On Oct. 17, Wednesday: Pastor Gloria Samuels of Greater Commission Community Church of Winston-Salem and on Oct. 18, Thursday: Dr. Nathan Scovens, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem. Items for the truck, including child and adult diapers, water and non-perishable food items can be dropped off from 5–7 p.m. daily at Servant’s House at 601 Cotton Grove Rd. or Life In The Word on 176 Meadow Dr.
 
Mayor Newell Clark and other members of the Lexington City Council have assisted with planning the relief endeavor.
 
“Rev. Napper reached out to me with an idea to help support folks from the eastern part of the state, as they work to rebuild their lives from this terrible disaster,” said Clark. “I appreciate Rev. Napper, all the ministers and others helping to organize an event to help bring some relief to our fellow North Carolinians.”
 
Pastor Arnetta Beverly of St. Stephen United Methodist Church welcomes the show of unity.
 
“I think it’s great that the clergy of Lexington has seen the need for sisters and brothers of all denominations and persuasions to come together to hear the word of God through the spoken word and through song,” she said. “I pray this will be a successful venture in the life of Lexington and Davidson County.”
 
Participating churches include: Buncombe Baptist, Deliverance Tabernacle, Ezekiel AME Zion, First Baptist Church of Village Drive, Files Chapel Baptist Church, Lexington Christian Fellowship, Life in the Word, New Deliverance Worship Center, New Faith Worship Center, New Jersey AME Zion, New Hope Holiness, New Life Worship Center, New Smith Grove Baptist, Oak Grove Baptist, Old Smith Grove Baptist, Saint Stephen United Methodist, Servant House Ministries, Salem Baptist, Shady Side Presbyterian, Union Baptist, Union Chapel AME Zion, United Baptist, Wings Of A Dove and Yadkin Star Baptist.
 
This series of events is slated to be one of the largest city-wide Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
 
“As North Carolinians we understand, all too well, the destruction a hurricane can cause. As a community, Lexington was spared any major long-term damage,” Clark offered. “I know the preparation our staff and people put into the work to be ready for the storm and since we were spared - we clearly know we need to help others. Because it could have been us, needing assistance.”
 
For those seeking to help with financial contributions, kindly make checks payable to United in Christ Fellowship (with Citywide Revival in the memo line) or CashApp $UNF210.
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Unity Prayer Day

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In the midst of tragedy and uncertainty, pastors from 11 local churches have been praying for unity in the community and in the nation.

These pastors began meeting shortly after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and now they are inviting the community to join Without Walls, a public day of activities, food, fellowship and prayer at the city of Lexington’s Breeden Insurance Amphitheatre from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14

Pastors Eddie Scott of Life in the Word and Matt Leonard of Journey Church don’t take credit for bringing the group together.

“It was formed by God,” Leonard offered, describing the group’s origins. He approached Scott at breakfast shortly after a conference focused on the topic of unity and left with a desire to “do something. That urging led to a subsequent breakfast with Scott.

“We were just fellowshipping at breakfast one morning. I began to share with them a vision of churches coming together and us praying for the city and the nation,” Scott explained.

The two were immediately on one accord.

“Matt and myself clicked instantly and began to work toward that and talk to other pastors so we could pray together,” Scott said.

The group wishes to see churches unite and be an example for the community.

“We want to unify churches as well. So often churches compete with each other, but we all want the same thing,” Leonard assured. “We wanted to see the church be one and get rid of the division to come together and work together and love our community.”

Ben Landes, associate pastor at First Alliance Church, one of the organizers for Without Walls Day of Prayer, is coordinating volunteers for the three hours of prayer and praise time. Volunteers will host games for kids and serve free hot dogs and snacks. The event will feature music from praise bands from Journey Church, Life in the Word and Servant House Ministry. Various pastors will speak for five to 10 minutes throughout the day, but Landes explained the primary focus is prayer.

“We thought it would be great to do something in our community to show the unity of Christ and show people the love,” he said.

People are invited to pray in small groups and the ministers will provide a prayer tent for more specific needs.

“There are so many hurting people right now. As we pray, we can see the power of God and the different resolutions people need in their lives” Scott opined. “Prayer is important because it’s the avenue that God chooses to work in order for things to take place in the earth. He has chosen to partner with us in the earth for his will to be done.”

For information about the Without Walls Day of Prayer, contact Pastor Ben Landes at First Alliance Church at 336-619-4119 or email

Antionette Kerr is a freelance writer who calls Lexington home.

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