NEAB Calls for National Day of Prayer Amid State of Emergency

NEAB Calls for National Day of Prayer Amid State of Emergency

The National Evangelical Association of Belize is calling for a nationwide day of fasting and prayer. NEAB’s call comes on the heels of the State of Emergency that was implemented on Tuesday due to an increase in gun and gang violence. The religious association says the government’s decision and the recent murders of three men highlight the need for the country to come together in prayer. NEAB’s Vice President Lance Lewis spoke about the SOE and why he believes it echoes the need for a day of prayer. 

Lance Lewis, Vice President, NEAB: “The state of emergency affects me because in more ways than one. In Belly City I passed a church in Belize City and it’s in the south side of Belize City so it is  very important for me to see this. Secondly though I hope and I pray that it will also mean a reduction or a cessation of drinking particularly on the holiday weekend on Good Friday. We have gone witnessing in the area two Good Fridays ago and it worked well. Last year, however, with the increase and the allowance of drinking on Good Friday it did not work well because when we went to most places in Southside, Belize City we found that people were drinking and it was difficult to tell them about Jesus because in some cases they were already drunk. So we would pray and hope that along with the curfew, and we’re not sure what time the curfew is, there will also be a cessation of the selling of liquor. We also are glad for this in the matter of being able to pray. It’s a period where more people will be free to pray and so it’s an opportune time in a difficult time to garner our supporters and Christians around the nation, not just Belize City but the entire country to pray. It’s a small window, it’s two hours, but it will be effective, I think, to make a difference. It was done before during COVID and it did a great work. It did make a difference and we believe that it will make a difference in the name of Jesus.”

Scott Stirm, the NEAB’s second Vice President, explained that people country-wide will be able to join the prayer session via zoom. 

Scott Stirm, Second Vice President, NEAB: “We’ve called for national prayer and fasting. We’re inviting all churches, all Christians, all believers, all prayer warriors. If you want to join in by Zoom that’s going to be from 9 to 11 in the morning on Friday, on Good Friday. And I’m texting out to all the pastors that we have contact with nationwide, sending out the Zoom link. But if you’re interested and you don’t get that, if that’s not passed on to you, you can send me a WhatsApp message at 607-9635. We will be on the NEAB Facebook page, simulcast together with Plus TV and I believe on Plus TV on cable as well. People can tune in, even in their own homes and join together in prayer. But as Pastor Lance mentioned, we did this during the pandemic and right at the very beginning and when you see the chart of the increase of COVID and after that Good Friday when we came together and prayed, like it just dropped right down. So God heard our cries and we’re asking him to hear our cries again for our nation for this year.”

The NEAB says it invites people of all faiths to join them tomorrow.

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