CCMA mobilizing prayer movement for 776th

By Greg Miller

STAR Staff

Elizabethton's 776th Maintenance Co. and other area soldiers were recently deployed for service as America prepares for a possible war with Iraq.
   The Carter County Ministerial Association (CCMA) is mobilizing a prayer movement for the soldiers. An army is needed for the spiritual battle, according to the Rev. Steve Witt, CCMA President and pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church. "If you would like to be involved in this movement or if you have soldiers in your church, please let us know," Witt said. "We need people who are willing to pray and churches to be available to help meet spiritual, emotional or physical needs."
   On Wednesday, CCMA members discussed a local observance of the National Day of Prayer set for May 1. "We'll have worship, Scripture reading and prayer," said Witt. Prayer will be offered for national, state and local leaders, city and county school systems, and the 776th Maintenance Co.
   Members of the organization will participate in their first prayer retreat March 20-21 at Fairhaven Ministries near Roan Mountain. "I'm looking forward to it," said Witt, who encouraged the other pastors to bring at least one other pastor with them to the retreat. "I need it. We really want to see God's will for this area."
   The ministers once again discussed the need for local charitable agencies to work more closely together to meet the needs of city and county residents.
   For more information, call 543-5633 or e-mail