To the editor:
For the past eight months, pastors from seven Scotland County churches have been meeting every Thursday at 8:30 AM to intercede for our country, our county and for the churches of our region.
Additionally, many of these pastors have been gathering for the past 33 weeks for “Prayer on the Square” on Wednesdays at noon at the corner of Church and Main Streets in Laurinburg.
Tired of the high crime rate, the shootings, the gangs, pervasive illegal drug trade and moral decline, members of these churches have joined with their pastors in a concert of prayer to intercede for the county. The prayer gathering began on Dec. 31 at Northview Harvest Ministries. That week, the intercessors took turns meeting at East Laurinburg Baptist Church, East Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church, Union Grove Baptist Church, Living Waters Church of God and Multitudes Church. This concert of prayer has entered the second week at the same churches. The services are completely directed by the Holy Spirit. People gather to pray as the Holy Spirit leads. Denominational lines and racial barriers have vanished as Christians have come together as the Body of Christ to pray. How wonderful it is to see African American, Caucasian, Native American and Latino Christians joining hands in prayer and fellowship.
A group of Christians in Adams, Tennessee has begun a similar prayer gathering after hearing about what is taking place in Scotland County. A group in the United Kingdom has inquired about the Scotland County united prayer.
Prayer on the Square continues to grow along with the concert of prayer. For over eight months, faithful Christians have gathered on Wednesdays at noon to intercession.
Results to prayer have become visible. Thirty drug leaders have been arrested and the gaming industry has been shut down in Scotland County.
The pastors and churches are committed to continue to pray until a great awakening sweeps through all and radically changes Scotland County.
Pastor of East Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church