Cry Out America organizing for unified citywide prayer
by By DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
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Cry Out America organizers are hopeful the single day of prayer born from the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, will lead to unified and citywide prayer.

The goal is to reclaim for Christ the Seven Mountains of Culture: church, family, marketplace, government, media, education, and arts and entertainment.

Candies Creek Baptist Church Pastor Jamie Work said the flavor and tone of the prayer service on Sept. 11 could be to pray for Christ’s followers who are engaged in one of the Seven Mountains of Culture.

“That might be our framework in which we pray on that particular day and continue to have life afterward,” he said. “A single event is often a launching pad for something of a stronger nature.”

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ocoee Region Director Robert Green said Opelika, Ala., passed out the book “Uncommon” by former National Football League coach Tony Dungy.

In the book, Dungy passionately expresses his belief that there is a path to significance characterized by attitudes, ambitions, and allegiances that are all too rare but uncommonly rewarding. The book reveals lessons on achieving significance he learned from his parents, athletic and coaching career, mentors and his journey with God.

A particular focus of the book is what it means to be a man of significance in a culture offering young men few positive role models.

The “One Book One City” initiative is a communitywide reading program that fosters a love of reading and lifelong literacy skills.

A city resolution adopted Sept. 4, 2012, urged “every citizen to obtain a copy of this book during the coming year and read it; and then join in on the communitywide discussions to be held in the coming year; so that we as adults can become positive role models for the children of the city of Opelika, as they learn about and grow in those affirmative character traits which are the foundation of a great people.”

Dungy was the guest speaker at the Uncommon Leadership Luncheon on April 5.

“They created a venue for a long-sustained movement, not just a single event,” Green said. “The event didn’t become the means to an end, it just became the catalyst for something that has continued.”

He said the city put out banners emblazoned with virtues such as “uncommon bravery” and “uncommon commitment” throughout the city.

“They were very careful about the state element and they did it in a way that the Seven Mountains of Culture joined in,” he continued. “It was petty amazing, so that city is just on fire,”

But, the movement in Opelika is not something that just sprung up overnight.

“There has been strategic prayer over many years toward this event. It didn’t just spring up, it was birthed out of prayer and it will be sustained by prayer,” Green said.

Green said he would like to see a systematic plan that reaches beyond the single event that would show how communitywide prayer could be sustained.

Emmaline Elliot, a junior at Lee University, said the mayor in her hometown of Honolulu did something similar and passes out “Aloha Spirit” cards.

“In Hawaii, ‘aloha’ is a big deal because it is hello, goodbye, love — it’s a lot of things,” she said.

She said people can choose between living the “life of Aloha, or the life of Misery.” The life of Aloha is filled with friendship, joy, strength and success. The life of Misery is filled with bitterness, anger, loneliness and recklessness.

The Aloha Card acts as a moral compass to remind people about choosing to live the life of Aloha or the life of Misery.

Elliott said people are encouraged to use the “Aloha” side of the card as their true identity as they consider, “What kind of seed are you planting? What kind of fruit are you growing? What kind of harvest will you produce?”

For more information about Cry Out America, please call the Awakening America Alliance at 1-888-929-2538.