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National Day of Prayer is Thursday

May 5th will be the 60th National Day of Prayer celebrated by the United States. While many might consider the day to only be for the religious, local groups are hoping those with a patriotic spirit will join in too. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more.

This is the third year in a row that the city of Ozark has held its National Day of Prayer festivities.

Tina Carner has coordinated this event for the last three years. She says they will be praying for seven specific categories on Thursday, one of those being government.

“One of the core areas is government and Lou Lapaglia who is our Christian County Commissioner he will be leading the prayer for the government. The military is also an area that we pray for in addition to the business, education, family, church, and media areas,” says Carner.

Carner added that although the day is faith based, people of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend even if it’s just to show patriotism.

The event will be held at the Ozark Community Center and will feature guest speaker and local author Jennifer Rothschild discussing the power of faith. At the age of 15, Rothschild was diagnosed with a rare degenerative eye disease that eventually stole her sight. Now, she travels the country spreading words of encouragement and telling her story of faith.

The Ozark National Day of Prayer Breakfast is free to the public and will start at 6:30 am at the community center, the address is 1530 West Jackson Street. Carner says there are many National Day of Prayer events taking place in the Ozarks and encourages people to take part in one that’s close to them.

For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.