Evangel World Prayer Center to host prayer event

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Event being held in Shepherdsville

By Marty Finley

A collection of worshippers will rally in Shepherdsville tonight and turn their eyes toward God.

In observance of the National Day of Prayer, Evangel World Prayer Center of Elizabethtown is hosting a banquet and prayer service from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville.

Linda Maree, secretary for Evangel World Prayer Center of Elizabethtown, said the dinner is invitation only, but the doors will open to the public around 7 p.m. for the service. There is no cost to attend.

Maree said the prayers will focus on distinct sectors of American life, including education, the media, the military, families, churches and businesses.

The Rev. Margaret Rodgers, pastor of the Evangel World Prayer Center in Louisville, is the night’s keynote speaker, Maree added, and the service will be hosted by the Rev. Ray Romero and his wife, DeLillian, of Evangel in Elizabethtown.

Romero last year said the event got its start in Elizabethtown and once was hosted at Pritchard Community Center, but increased interest around and outside of Hardin County forced a move to a larger facility. Romero also has not ruled out an expansion into Indiana if interest continues to spread. Maree said the event attracts around 100 people annually between the dinner and service.

The National Day of Prayer dates back to 1952 when President Harry S. Truman declared a national observance of prayer and signed the National Day of Prayer into law, a measure backed by Congress. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated the first Thursday in May as the annual observance, a practice still followed today.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.