HAZARD — Area pastors with the Perry County Ministerial Alliance are coming together with the power of prayer in hopes of turning around some of the problems in the local community.
Emily Hudson, pastor at Common Bond Christian Fellowship Ministries, addressed the city commission in Hazard last month, requesting that city leaders, whom she called the city’s governmental gatekeepers, join with the city’s spiritual gatekeepers and “invite God to come into this city.”
Hudson received an ovation from the city’s commissioners, as well as from the members of the audience, and noted in an interview with the Herald that she believes by asking for God’s help, the city will begin to see a breakthrough on issues like unemployment, homelessness, and what has become an ongoing fight against prescription drug abuse.
Perhaps beginning as early as the next meeting of the city commission, Hudson said she hopes that she and other pastors in the ministerial alliance will meet before the meetings at City Hall with whomever else may want to attend and hold prayer for the city and its leaders.
“Hopefully, we’ll start to see, maybe starting at the next city meeting, to have pastors there to pray be-fore the meeting,” Hudson said. “Hopefully city officials would be there, too.”
The effort is essentially a call for unity, Hudson explained, to ask for divine intervention, and it was an idea that came to her some time ago. She noted that there is already a group of people who meet weekly to pray for the city and hopes through the power of prayer to turn around some of the issues the city’s residents are facing. And this is one effort that she sees the area’s churches working on more as time passes.
“One of the things I’m seeing is churches working together,” Hudson said. “And I’m seeing that happen more and more, that the churches are coming together, working on solutions to some of the problems that we’re seeing.”
Though many of these problems may have physical manifestations, Hudson said she believes there is a spiritual component as well, and both fronts need to be addressed.
“It was something that the lord had put in my spirit over a year ago, and I was just waiting for the time, because everything has to be in the timing of the Lord,” she said. “I’ve learned that lesson.”