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Healing Our Nation Rally returns

Event is June 18 at Oak Street Chapel in Flatwoods

FLATWOODS, Ky. — Healing Our Nation Prayer Rally will be held soon.

The prayer and community service event features several pastors and groups that work throughout the year on service projects to help out Tri-State residents. The group is also well known for handing out around 1,000 Bibles during the annual Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day parade.

The rally will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 18 at the Oak Street Chapel, 2202 Oak St. Flatwoods, Kentucky. Lawrence County pastors and groups that will take part in this year’s rally include Scoutmaster the Rev. Dr. Dave Lucas, who will lead the service with Ironton Boy Scout Troop 106; the Rev. Jeff Cremeans, of the Ironton City Mission Church, who will lead the prayer for those in the military and first responders; Pastor Matt O’Bryant, of the Calvary Baptist Church in Ironton, who will lead the prayer for military veterans; and Pastor Aaron Abner, of the LaGrange Free Will Baptist Church of Ironton, who will lead the prayer for the youth of the Tri-State; and the Rev. Rick Sturgill, of Real Life Ministries Church, who will speak on behalf of Emmaus House and lead the prayer for those caught up in the Tri-State’s drug epidemic.

Featured speakers include Amy Compston who will speak on behalf of Amy for Africa. She is an accomplished marathoner, inspirational speaker and full-time missionary who works to develop schools in Africa.

Healing Our Nation Prayer Rally participates in four community service projects each year. One is Emmaus House, which is a sober living residential treatment program for men recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction. The transitional program provides an organized opportunity while he continues to work and support his family. The faith-based nonprofit organization’s guiding philosophy is “Recovery and Restoration through Jesus.”

The group also collects nonperishable food items or funds to purchase food for the Because Katie Cares Nonperishable Food Drive, which then donates the collected food items to church pantries in the Tri-State.

“In the times that we live in, a person is hard pressed to find love and grace from complete strangers. This food drive is a prime example of how we, as a community, can put these words and instructions from God into action,” said LeDusta Abner, director of the Because Katie Cares Nonperishable Food Drive. “As the verses instruct, God wants us to demonstrate His love to others and this is just one small way that we can bring light to those around us that are struggling.”

She said the majority of the proceeds from the food drive would be given to the Ironton City Mission.

Anyone wishing to donate Bibles can drop them off at Gypsy Hearts, 307 Park Ave., Ironton, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Mondays.

For more information, contact Dir. Michael Murphy at 1-740-352-9473, Healing Our Nation Rally, P.O. Box 401, Ironton, OH 45638, or email healingournation@outlook.com, or on Facebook at @HealingOur NationRally.