National Day of Prayer held in two sessions for Platte County

Mark DeLap
Posted 6/7/23

National Day of Prayer observed

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National Day of Prayer held in two sessions for Platte County


WHEATLAND – The annual National Day of Prayer was held in Wheatland this year at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church located at 1001 Ninth Street.

Two sessions were conducted, the first from 9-11 a.m. and the evening session from 6:30-8:30.

The sessions were organized and run by Diane Mitchell from Impact Ministries and also from the Salvation Army in Wheatland. The sessions had round tables set up in the fellowship area and there were refreshments available such as fruit, cookies and beverages.

Mitchell was the morning speaker who shared the importance of prayer and by giving her testimony, she gave a candid and personal journey through a Christian life and how God has led her through over 50 years of satisfying salvation.

“The Lord is my anchor,” Mitchell said. “And I hope He is for every one of you. I can remember when I made my commitment to the Lord, I had been married about five years. Every place we went for my husband’s job, the first thing we would always do is seek out a church. For the people that we wanted to commune with. I was raised in the church, but I didn’t know that you could have a relationship with God. From that point in a couples Bible study when I made the commitment to relationship, He has been the Lord of my life and He’s never left me or forsaken me.”

The night speaker was Dist. 5 Representative Scott Smith who also talked about the need for prayer and how it is a call to action in our county and in our country.

“For me as a pastor, and every time I turn on the news I feel very sad with what is going on in our country,” Father Hiep Nguyen said. “So many bad things going on and we need to unite with one another in prayer for our country. My hope today is that people will come from different denominations and unite with one another and then pray for our country. And honestly, this is a once a year gathering, but we really need to do this more often.”

Father Nguyen came to America in 2008 from Vietnam and went to complete his seminary training at Conception Seminary College in Missouri. He returned to Wyoming in 2015 as a priest

The National Day of Prayer is a traditional gathering that was created in 1952 by Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

It is held the first Thursday of May as spring comes to America and hope blossoms for a peaceful year and a safe passage for the United States of America. As we look around in 2023, more now than ever is this gathering welcomed with open arms.