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Prayerful community members come together, holding onto hope and asking for help

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(WKBN) – The National Day of Prayer is a time of asking for help and believing there’s hope. We went to two community prayer meetings on Thursday to find out what it means for the people involved.

For the 13th year, Salem hosted a National Day of Prayer observance.

Allegheny Wesleyan College provided music, but the event centered around prayer and what it can add to a person’s life.

“It is very important. It’s one of the most important things we can do, is pray to our Heavenly Father and seek His wisdom and guidance for each and every day,” said Jim Kelly, who’s on the Salem Area National Prayer Day Committee.

There was also an observance in downtown Youngstown. It included a prayer for Mayor Tito Brown and other city leaders.

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The theme for the National Day of Prayer was “Love One Another.”

“Let’s put everything aside and try to be better with one another, to one another, act right and I think that will help alleviate a lot of issues,” said Unity Baptist Pastor Rafael Cruz, Jr.

The National Day of Prayer invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation and their corner of it.

There were prayers directed from Youngstown to five areas — the political climate, family relationships, addictions, safe neighborhoods and education.

“I believe that if we pray and intercede to God, He can help us to make a difference in our community, in our city,” said Spanish Evangelical Church Pastor Rolando Rojas.

Spanish Evangelical Church is involved with NOW YOUNGSTOWN, a group made up of 15 churches. They reach out with the goal of reducing violence.

Rojas said city leaders told him it’s working.

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