KEYSER - “Unity” was the theme of the National Day of Prayer breakfast and program held Thursday in Keyser, and both speakers talked about how a new program is currently working to teach unity to our nation's youths.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - “Unity” was the theme of the National Day of Prayer breakfast and program held Thursday in Keyser, and both speakers talked about how a new program is currently working to teach unity to our nation’s youths.
Scott Berg, Mountain State Region director for the program Wyld Life, explained to the crowd gathered for breakfast at the Ponderosa in Keyser that the program is “taking off” at Keyser Middle School, thanks to the guidance and direction of teacher Amy Rice and pastors Gwen Wolford and Randy Nairn.
Wyld Life meets once a week and involves students in fun experiences while the leaders encourage, inspire and help them learn how to live their lives as Christians.
The idea of the program was brought to Mineral County by superintendent Shawn Dilly, who has previously worked with the program and achieved positive results in other counties.
“We routinely see 50 or more students involved,” Berg said of the KMS program, noting that Wyld Life provides a warm, inviting atmosphere for the students, and gives them a chance to engage with adults who truly care about them.
“People want to belong as a process toward believing,” he said. “People care about being loved; they care about warmth.”
Pastor Wolford, who was the featured speaker at the noon National Day of Prayer program on the courthouse lawn, said one of the goals of Wyld Life is to “teach the students how valuable they are to God.”
She noted that young people like to have fun, and Wyld Life provides a fun atmosphere for them to learn and fellowship.
“God is a God of joy and celebration,” she said. “Who doesn’t like to have fun?”
Going back to the theme of “Unity,” Wolford said the organizers of the locally-based program became “united to bring the Will of God to young people at Keyser Middle School.”
The breakfast kicked off Thursday morning with members of the Boyce-Houser Post 41 bringing the flags into the Ponderosa, walking underneath a large flag flying between area fire trucks. Praise dancer Eve Redman of the Church of God in Christ performed to “Lord I Pray” once everyone was inside.
Pastor Gordon Brubaker of Living Faith Ministries served as emcee for the program. Mineral County commissioner Jerry Whisner led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and Gayle Kasmier provided music. Freda Fisher read the Prayer for Our Nation.
For the noon program, Pastor Randy Nairn read the Prayer for Our Nation, and Krista Campbell provided music.
Various speakers took turns offering prayers for different factions of society:
Pastor Stephon Reed, Rees Chapel United Methodist Church, offered a prayer for those in education;
Pastor Randy Nairn, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, offered a prayer for churches and their pastors;
Scott Mallery, directory of Aging & Family Services of Mineral County, offered a prayer for families;
Mineral County Magistrate Charles Gulbronson offered a prayer for those serving in government;
Shelley Friend, vice president and community relationship manager for First United Bank and Trust, offered a prayer for businesses;
Chief Karen Shoemaker of the Keyser Police Department offered a prayer for first responders;
Veteran Steve Miller offered a prayer for the U.S. Military; and Liz Beavers, editor of the Mineral Daily News Tribune, offered a prayer for those in the media.