Local churches came together to pray for a safe and successful school year on Sunday, just before the fall semester started for KISD students.
First Baptist Church senior pastor Dr. Glenn Young said the event was a collaborative effort between churches.
“This was our second year,” Young said. “Last year we worked with Pastor Love and New Birth Church and they participated again this year. Several of us came together and we had a pretty good turnout. We finished the day at the middle school. All of the campuses were open for an hour and multiple churches were involved.”
Young explained the event was intended to show support for school staff and administrators while praying for everyone who would use the school facilities during the semester. The support didn’t begin and end with the Sunday event, however.
“Various churches have been doing things as teachers have prepared for the school year, bringing breakfast up to the school, whatever they needed. On Sunday, teachers were getting rooms prepped and (assistant superintendent) Richard Nash helped with that, he made the campuses open between 4 and 5 p.m. We prayed for the students, teachers and administrators,” Young said.
Young emphasized churches are only interested in showing support for KISD.
“We’ve made a point of saying ‘you guys are the experts on education.’ We just say ‘what do you need and what do you want?’”
In a time when both schools and churches have been the targets of violence, Young said it is important to have faith in first responders while remembering to pray.
“Our police department has done a great job on working with local churches on being prepared, but beyond the physically prepared, we felt a strong sense to be spiritually prepared and to be praying for those campuses. It’s important to take the necessary precautions but to be praying as well. Prayer taps into things that we don’t have control over. We need to be good stewards of what we can control and pray about what we can’t control.”
Supporting teachers was a primary goal of the prayer walk, Young said.
“There were 12 or 13 churches represented. Each of those churches has students and teachers and administrators in the school, so visually it’s good to for teachers to see they are not alone. One of the things I realized is if my kid comes home from school and says ‘I had a good day’, I leave it at that. But if he comes home and says ‘I had a bad day’, I call the school. Teachers only hear about problems and not good things so we wanted to let them know they have our support,” Young said.