WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - A South Mississippi town is joining other communities around the country who are laying down their financial burdens at the altar. This week both Wiggins and Stone County leaders decided to participate in a day of prayer called for by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Elected officials said the reason is dire economic times.
Reverend Timothy Monroe of New Welcome Hill Baptist Church enjoys talking with children about their futures. Right now, he said many parents in the community are struggling to put food on the table.
"With the condition of the economy, there's a lot of financial hurt going on. A lot of lay-offs and different things," said Rev. Monroe. "But I believe God is able to do anything but fail. That's the reason it's important to pray."
Next month Stone County residents will take part in a day of prayer and fasting. They will ask for God's help to improve the economy and end bickering in Washington.
Rev. Larry White of First United Methodist Church of Wiggins said, "if God's people will come together and humble themselves and pray and seek him instead of seeking a particular party or particular way, then God will bless us again if we return to our foundation."
"I think prayer for our elected officials to do what's right and to do what's best for the nation as well as us locally is a necessary part," said Sonny Soileau, a Stone County resident.
Stone County Resident Lamara Jackson said, "when you come together in the name of God and give him the praise and the honor, He will save us. He will answer our prayers and he will get us out of this economic time and the struggles that we have."
Clergy members said the prayers will also be to lift the spirits of the people who are hurting financially and emotionally.
"We do have a number of people out of work," said Rev. Bill Pettey of Wiggins Presbyterian Church. "I think the more that we can do to help, the more that we can do boost the morale of these people, the better we're going to be."
Stone County resident Danielle Dyal said, "if you have that hope, it will get better. If you keep believing in God and knowing He's there to help you. You just have to put your faith in Him and He will come."
The Day of Prayer will be held Saturday August 6th at 1 p.m. at Blaylock Park in Wiggins.