Community comes together to offer up prayers
Lawton/Fort Sill community came together to pray on the National Day of Prayer Thursday at Lawton City Hall.
The 12-hour prayer event that started at 8 a.m. featured individuals from different walks of lives and national and international prayer groups.
Bishop Danuel Cox of Presence of the Lord Church and Web audience administrator for the prayer, said the organizers were also live streaming the event across the world and thousands of people were connected through the Web.
"By noon we had 5,965 people connecting with us online from different parts of the States and other parts of the world," Cox said. "It is an awesome experience to see the city come together to pray."
Cox encouraged everyone to come together to make it possible to see the change they want.
"We always say we want change and to make a change we all need to come together and pray," Cox said. "We have different nations that are represented today to pray, sing and come together."
Eddy Onco of the Kiowa Tribe attended the National Day of Prayer for the first time.
"I came here to pray for the tribe and nation and to pray for the safety of people from storms and tornadoes," Onco said.
Onco was joined by Pastor Bill Foote Sr. of Hunting Horse United Methodist Church, who was also attending the prayer for the first time.
"The way the world and the city is today, we don't pray enough," Foote said. "The children are going through difficult times. Everyone needs to go back to the Bible and pray as a family."
The event coordinator, Dwayne Hall, said organizing the prayer this year has been a peaceful experience for him.