Cry Out America set for Monday

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Christian leaders are urging residents to join them in celebrating a history-making event.

On Monday, the county will officially unveil a new motto on the courthouse — “In God We Trust” — as part of the annual Cry Out America celebration.

“Our commissioners voted to approve it earlier this year, and the work has been completed,” explained the Rev. Larry Hayes, pastor of Good News Baptist Church in Bladenboro.

“It didn’t cost the taxpayers a dime,” he added, “and we want to celebrate the fact that it’s on our courthouse and invite all pastors and Christian citizens to be part of the celebration.”

The declaration etched into the front of the courthouse is the culmination of the U.S. Motto Action Committee effort, which paid for the work. It commissioned the project at both the courthouse and the new sheriff’s office on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. It is the same committee’s efforts that led the county last year to add “In God We Trust” to the county seal.

The organizers of the event have lined up several speakers. The Rev. David Foster, recent appointee to head the Bladen Baptist Association, will start things off with a message entitled “God Loves America.” Rachel Mitchell will follow with “God Loves Bladen,” and Hayes will finish with “Does Bladen Love God?”

“Our main goal is to get people to realize the good Lord is in the county and doing things,” Hayes remarked. “We need to celebrate our leaders in the county and not tear them down.”

The challenges will be followed by a reading of the names of Bladen County soldiers fallen in action, a changing of the courthouse flags by the Honor Guard, and a time of prayer around the flagpole.

The latter, according to Hayes, is the real power behind and the purpose of the day’s events. Hayes and the Cry Out America team are assured the time is right for God to do something big in response to the prayers of His people.

“The Cry Out America team believes that our leaders and citizens of Bladen County desire to see positive changes take place,” reads a press release. “We will be in worshipful prayer for a revival that will transform lives and our economy and make a real difference in Bladen. We cannot leave it to someone else to pray.”

“Bladen County is the Mother County,” Hayes reasoned, “so we should start here, by being the model to lead the rest of the state in revival.

Cry Out America will begin Monday at 5:45 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.

Founded in 2007, by the Awakening America Alliance, Cry Out America has been a national prayer movement focused on crying out for a Christ awakening in the U.S. In 2017, Cry Out America became an initiative of the National Day of Prayer Task Force in an effort to further mobilize united, public prayer for America.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing

Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal