Day of Prayer at sports auditorium


Government officials and clergy (right) attending the Day of Prayer at Earl N. Merkman sports auditorium with the combined church choir at left.

Members of the various denominations filled the bleachers.



ST. EUSTATIUS–Last week Tuesday, a “national” Day of Prayer was held at Earl N. Merkman sports auditorium. Many residents of St. Eustatius turned out to pray under the theme: “Pray! Save Statia.”

  Government officials attending the evening were Acting Island Governor of St. Eustatius Julian Woodley, Commissioners Derrick Simmons and Charles Woodley, and Island Council Members Clyde van Putten, Reuben Merkman and Adelka Spanner.

  The auditorium, which normally hosts a multitude of sports activities, was alive with songs of praise. The bleachers were filled with attendees during the service which went on deep into the night.

  Master of Ceremonies for the occasion was Alida Francis, whereas Big Stone Fellowship led the audience in lively songs of praise to God.

  The prayer of intercessions was said by pastors and leaders of the various churches on the island.

  One of the scripture readings was taken from 2 Chronicle 7: 14, and stated: “If my people that are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

  Songs were sung after each presentation and prayers for the families were done by Pastor Solano Soriano.

  During the ceremony prayers were said for deliverance from the forces of evil, for the well-being of Statia and its citizens, for peace and a prayer for government.

  The prayers were conducted by Pastor Maurice Howard of Big Stone Fellowship, Pastor Mevrille Hazel of Bible Baptist Church, Reverend Vincia Celestine of Bethel Methodist Church, Pastor Kathleen Plunkett of Apostolic Faith Mission, Father Peter de Jong of the Roman Catholic Church, Deacon Hillorene Jeffers of St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Pastor Virgil Sams of Seventh Day Adventist Church.

  A combined choir from all churches sang under leadership of Rita Hassell-Bass and coordinated by Philomena Bradshaw.

  The audience was then asked to pray the “Lord’s Prayer” in their own language, which included English, Spanish, Dutch and other languages. The service was concluded with the song “To be God be to Glory.”

Source: The Daily Herald