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Pastor Donald Battle of Divine Faith Ministries International in Jonesboro, and Pastor Wesley Greene of Amazing Grace World Outreach Church in Forest Park, led the Clayton County Prayer for Righteousness March, Sunday.
JONESBORO — Clergy members from across Clayton County marched and prayed under what they described as an “open heaven” for some of the county’s candidates for elected office.
Clayton County Police blocked off sections of Main Street in Jonesboro, Sunday, as pastors and members of their congregation marched from Divine Faith Ministries International Church located at 9800 Tara Boulevard to Jonesboro Historical Courthouse, located at 121 South McDonough Street.
Clayton County Prayer for Righteousness March and Prayer service was a day to embrace, encourage, and enlighten candidates and voters in the county, according to one of the co-sponsors of the event, Pastor Donald Battle, of Divine Faith Ministries International Church. Clayton County Christian Ministers Association co-sponsored the event which was held Sunday. An estimated crowd of 400 people sat or stood on the front lawn of the Jonesboro Historical Courthouse, during the prayer service.
“The political landscape of this county needs intervention,” said Battle. “I felt we needed a show of unity to show our politicians that we are supporting them and that we are holding them accountable. We want change and we want righteousness. We want them to do the right thing. When you let people determine what you are going to do then you are a puppet.
“That is why we marched to let you know we support you,” added Battle. “I miss the days when the sheriff could call the police chief, or police officers. I miss when commissioners would work things out before going into a commissioners’ meeting. Devil you have had your time. It is God’s turn now. ... This is the year of order. This is the year of perfection. In Proverbs, it says when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
Pastors and ministers prayed for divine order, righteousness, divine turn around, vengeance, ears to hear the voice of God, holiness, love, peace, and compassion as well as divine unity for Clayton County, Georgia and America.
“I believe in the power of prayer,” said minister William Hill, of Higher Living Christian Church in Jonesboro. “I believe in what prayer can do to change a community to change a nation and to change individual people. I would like to see our community come together on one accord for God and with each other, to turn obstacles into opportunity and to work together to produce peace, stability and economic development and academic elevation in Clayton County.”
Pastor Gerry Anderson of New Macedonia Baptist Church in Riverdale asked attendees to hold hands as they prayed.
“Let’s asked God to release his Holiness, under an open heaven,” said Anderson. A silence fell over the crowd as Anderson begin to pray.
“The scripture says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land, ” said Dr. Wesley E. Greene Sr. of Amazing Grace World Outreach Church in Forest Park. Greene said the Clayton County clergy members meet at the courthouse steps to pray for the county, and school system twice a year. He said the march and prayer service was not a political event, but a spiritual event.
“Today, we are praying for our elected officials and for those aspiring to be elected officials,” said Greene. “This prayer is to reduce all crime, especially burglaries in the county. We have the highest burglary rate out of all of the metro Atlanta counties. We expect to see the mighty hand of God to move as he has in the past.
“All of our prayers in the last two years have been answered. We got or school accreditation back due to prayer, the housing market has improved and employment is getting better.”