GOLDSBORO — A Bladen County native wants to bless his home county.
“I was born and raised in Elizabethtown,” said Donnell Cromartie, now a Goldsboro pastor with 27 years of church work under his belt. “I just started this prayer line to reach out and be a blessing to people.”
A confidential and free service, the prayer line is answered live by Cromartie at 8 a.m, noon, and 8 p.m.
“Prayer is one of my gifts,” the pastor said. “People have been ill from cancer or have been ill from diseases, and the doctors gave them up, but I prayed for them, and they’re still living.”
What began as a praying ministry has become a full-time endeavor, Cromartie said.
“A lot of times, people are going through depression, or they may have a financial need, and they need a blessing,” he explained. “People call in to get burdens lifted. You’d be surprised what kinds of things people are going through, and they need someone to pray for them.”
Cromartie stressed numerous times the confidentiality of the service.
“Whatever you or anyone else share with me, it’s between me and them,” he remarked. “There are people right now in the cemetery who told me things that I won’t tell anybody. Whatever we discuss is between me and them.”
The service, he said, is “no respecter of person” but available to the “saved, unsaved, or any person who needs a blessing.”
Cromartie did say he prays “to the Father in the name of Jesus.”
The New Foundation Deliverance Prayer Line is available by calling 712-451-0927. Cromartie may be reached outside of the prayer line hours at 919-922-3489.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.