Gulf Coast governors call for Day of Prayer
Michael Foust, Baptist Press
June 25, 2010

Gulf Coast governors call for Day of Prayer

Gulf Coast governors call for Day of Prayer
Michael Foust, Baptist Press
June 25, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Four Gulf

Coast governors are calling on residents to set aside Sunday as a Day of Prayer

to pray for a solution to the oil spill and for citizens impacted by the


Louisiana Department of Wildlife photo

Biologists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries treat a pelican who was covered in oil. It was dubbed the “governor’s bird” because it was discovered by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s staff as he toured the Grand Isle area.

Alabama’s Bob Riley, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour and

Texas’ Rick Perry all issued proclamations calling on prayer for the spill,

which entered its 67th day today.

“Throughout our history, Alabamians have humbly turned to God to ask for His

blessings and to hold us steady during times of struggle. This is certainly one

of those times,” Riley said in a statement.

Riley’s proclamation reads in part, “Citizens of Alabama are urged to pray for

the well-being of our fellow citizens and our State, to pray for all those in

other states who are hurt by this disaster, to pray for those who are working

to respond to this crisis, and to pray that a solution that stops the oil leak

is completed soon.”

Perry’s proclamation says it “seems right and fitting that the people of Texas

should join with their fellow Gulf Coast residents” and others across the

country and around the world “to thank God, seek his wisdom for ourselves and

our leaders, and ask him for his merciful intervention and healing in this time

of crisis.”

Barbour’s notes that the spill threatens the “livelihoods of our fellow

citizens, the environmental beauty of our coast, and our quality of life.”

Jindals’s says “Louisianians all across the world are united in hope for an end

to this catastrophic event and pray for” the coast’s recovery.

Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting in Orlando, Fla., June 16 passed

a resolution calling on churches and Christians “to pray for the end of this

catastrophe and for the homes, lives, cultures, and livelihoods of those in the

Gulf Coast region.”

The resolution also made a statement regarding the

environment, asserting, “Our God-given dominion over the creation is not

unlimited, as though we were gods and not creatures.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Foust is an assistant editor of Baptist Press.)