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WMU prayer walks Kentucky State Capitol


FRANKFORT—Members of the Kentucky WMU flooded the Rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol, hosted in part by Steve Weaver, the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Capitol Commission chaplain, during their annual meeting in Frankfort on April 6.

Myriah Snyder

Members of the Ky. WMU gather at the Kentucky State Capitol Building for prayer walking and a prayer rally.

State Treasurer Allison Ball, the youngest elected female politician in the state of Kentucky and a former GA, spoke and emphasized the importance and power of prayer.

"I actually think that there's something providential about you being here, today, right now. I have the growing sense that it's more important than ever right now for us to be in prayer for our state," Ball said, noting that she didn't realize that the ladies were gathered for a prayer rally until after she already felt led to speak about prayer. 

"Look for a moment where we're at," she continued. "This is the place of power and authority here in our state. Things happen out of this city. We know from scripture that there is always spiritual warfare. It is critically important that we are here, praying for what is happening in this city."

The group also heard remarks from Susan Bryant, outgoing WMU president, a welcome from Weaver, and closing remarks from Joy Bolton, executive director of the Kentucky WMU.

Hundreds lifted up their voices in the Rotunda to the hymn "Amazing Grace," led by Benita Decker, as even others in the building, not connected to WMU, stopped to listen.

The rally was followed by a prayer walk through the capitol, where the groups stopped outside the office of the governor, the office of the lt. governor, the office of the attorney general, the office of the secretary of state, the supreme court, house of representatives, and senate, and offered prayer for the states leaders to make wise decisions. 

 Much of his ministry in the Capitol, "is a result of the prayerful support of the WMU, so thank you for the difference you're making," Weaver said during the WMU annual meeting on Friday. "It's such a privilege to be able to minister on behalf of you there." 

Weaver described what he does, that is partially funded by the Eliza Broadus Offering for State Missions, as "ministering to the spiritual needs of all those who work in the state capitol."

Weaver added, "We're rising up and shining. I love the theme there and I love the opportunity to get to do that in your state capitol." (WR)

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