Annie Pérez, Ph.D., prayer ministries and women’s ministries director for Florida Conference, was invited to join with a group of leaders from diverse faith communities on the steps of Orlando City Hall for a day of prayer and fasting against COVID-19. Jerry Demings, mayor of Orange County, and Robert Stuart, commissioner, were also in attendance.
“The faith community has played a key role in our community’s pandemic response,” stated a proclamation set forth by Buddy Dyer, Orlando mayor and city commissioners. “The power of prayer and reflection can help provide strength, hope, and guidance as we continue to face challenges from COVID-19.”
The pandemic has been felt in some context by everyone. In Orange County alone, more than 220,000 individuals have tested positive for the virus with the resultant deaths of more than 2,000 people.
“Every faith leader shared a prayer for the community,” said Pérez. “It was an honor to pray for the city of Orlando. What a great experience!”
Gladys M. Neigel is the contributing editor for Florida Conference content.
Florida | January 2022