Prayers go to nation, homeless and children |

Prayers go to nation, homeless and children

Rhonda Costa-Landers
Appeal Staff Writer
photos by Brad Horn/Nevada Appeal Former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, center, prays during the National Day of Prayer at the Capitol in Carson City on Thursday. Pictured from left are the hands of Sen. Maurice Washington, R-Sparks, and Sen. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City. Washington is the founder and pastor of Center of Hope Christian Fellowship.

Making a plea for the children and homeless in Nevada, Rev. Alan Dorway asked those attending National Day of Prayer on Thursday at the Capitol to keep them in their prayers.

“We need to lift up parents in our state, teachers, administrators and counselors, those who work in our education system,” he said. “Remember the children and the homeless.”

More than 100 people of all ages attended National Day of Prayer. Many were surprised and pleased to see Gov. Jim Gibbons approach the podium and read his own proclamation for National Day of Prayer.

“It is my honor to issue a proclamation for this occasion,” Gibbons said.

After his reading, the crowd gave him a rousing applause.

“This makes my heart feel good,” said Carol Allen, 57, of Carson City. “I attend National Day of Prayer to show I am a Christian and to support my country.

“I wish everybody would appreciate our country more. To me, it’s important to keep prayer in our minds.”

In addition to Dorway, prayers were read by Dave Goodale, Rev. Ken Haskins and Monte Fast, with encouraging words by Sen. Mark Amodei and closing exhortation by Sen. (Rev.) Maurice Washington.

“When in trouble, I look to the hills,” Washington said. “As long as the Lord is on my side, I know I’m all right. And He will help us in any situation.”

“I came to pray for the nation,” said 46-year-old Jay VanSickle. “This is my first time here, and I really enjoyed it. We should do this more than once a year.”

Haskins read the national proclamation, and Kimberly Adams read the city proclamation in absence of Mayor Marv Teixeira, who was at the Carson City Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Hannah Anderson; posting of the colors was presented by the High Desert Post 56 Color Guard.

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