National Day of Prayer 2017 Arizona Reports

Jann Durst,
Arizona State Coordinator

National Day of Prayer

Coordinator – Lorilea Hudgins
Attendance – Approximately 200
This event is held on the lawn in front of the Arizona State Capitol each year. Lorilea reported this year’s event was “awesome”; that it hit the mark, named the name of Jesus and gave honor to His name. Lorilea stated there was good representation from government and youth leaders. She said she was very impressed with the prayers offered by the Phoenix Chief of Police, and by the young man who appeared with her and gave a mighty, powerful, and prophetic prayer. Moms in Prayer participated for the first time this year, and Teen Challenge also assisted with the event. Lorilea stated there was a good turnout, and she felt this year there was a better connection with the public.

Coordinator – William Simotti Assistant – Al Garza
Attendance – 28
The event was held in Sierra Vista, Arizona; 28 people were in attendance – this was the lowest turnout in many years. The temperature was close to 90 degrees on May 4th.
Bill Simotti and his wife Carmen have organized the National Day of Prayer in front of City Hall since 1984. This year a crowd numbering 28 gathered under the noontime sun on the lawn in front of City Hall where people were invited to pray for government leaders. “Most of the people who come pray, but they don’t speak,” said Bill Simotti. Evangelist Al Garza lead the group in prayers for local, state and federal officials, and five people approached the podium with messages of hope and calls for spiritual guidance for elected officials.

Coordinator – Lois Johnson
Assistant – Carla Abraham
Attendance – 436
Lois Johnson reported that this year she asked the local churches to open their doors on May 4th and request that their members come and pray. There were 20 churches in Gila County that participated – 17 in the Payson area and 3 in Globe. In addition, an event was held at the Payson High School, one at the Payson Christian School, and one at a local rehabilitation facility. There were also three events held at local adult care facilities, and one event was held at Oasis Christian Bookstore in Payson.

Coordinator – Pastor Bob Sainz
Attendance – 40
Pastor Bob reported there were four churches present. Each church had representatives pray according to the NDP’s directives and spiritual climate of our Nation. They began with worship, a simple introduction, and then allowed each church to pray during a time of corporate prayer. The event ended with corporate prayer and worship by the worship team.

Coordinator – Angela Privitt and Lon Privitt
Assistant – Pastor Jerry Green
Angie Privitt reported there were 10 to 12 churches in the Anthem area that participated, and that the churches are taking on the event themselves. Angie stated, “It was not a heavy burden this year.” She also reported there was definitely a move of the Spirit over the preparation and event itself, and that it is obvious the churches are coming together. Angie said approximately 10 churches in the North Valley participated. Angie also reported that Jerry Green, former Gila County Coordinator now living in the Phoenix area, is becoming active in NDP and has encouraged many churches in Mesa with many who attended.

Coordinator – Valerie Heflin
Attendance – Approximately 300
Valerie reported that she and her team learned that God works His plan. The team had invited a special speaker three months prior to the event, and three days prior to the National Day of Prayer this person called and cancelled. Valerie and her team contacted DJ Scott Herrold of Sounds of the Spirit radio station in Las Vegas, NV, who cleared his schedule so he could come and speak at their event. Valerie said he was fabulous and all were blessed! They rented the Mohave High School Auditorium for the event. Valerie stated the praise and worship was fantastic. They also had ministry booths from various agencies which were well received. Valerie reported that she and her team made the decision to add an eighth point to the seven pillars – the persecuted church. They had a Southern Baptist pastor, who had served overseas, and had been persecuted and shot twice, pray for this point. She stated it was an incredible evening that truly honored the Lord.

Coordinator – Catherine Mark
Assistant – Rosalie Ibarra
Southern Pima County Coordinator – Pastor Bruce Van Sickle
Attendance – 1,276
Catherine stated there were 16 events held in Pima County. A 24-hour prayer service, with 11 churches participating, started on May 3rd and continued through May 4th. In addition, a Youth Rally was held on Friday, May 5th at Kennedy Park Fiesta Area in Tucson. Catherine said it is imperative to reach the youth now, not wait for the future.

Representative – Pastor Stan Rios
Pastor Stan Rios reported he went to the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation and, with the approval of Chief Judge Harvey, he and his team were allowed to pray in the courtroom for forty-five minutes on Thursday, May 4th. A time of repentance of sin and injustice was held, forgiveness was asked for, and the name of the Lord was proclaimed in the courtroom for the Tohono O’Odham Indian Tribe. Pastor Stan stated he hopes to be allowed to bring teams into the other tribal courtrooms in the future.

Coordinator – Daniel Briscoe
Daniel Briscoe stated this year he was not able to hold all the events he usually did due to a heavy school schedule. He was able to organize events for See You at the Pole and Collegiate Day this year. Daniel stated there was success in a community service the Sunday prior to May 4th. He is building a team at Grand Canyon University and is looking forward to next year. Daniel expressed his appreciation for being able to participate with the Capitol Event by live streaming the event.

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