The National Week of Prayer is being observed in Vandalia throughout this week, starting with a community prayer on Sunday night and ending with the National Day of Prayer breakfast this Thursday.
The schedule for the week is as follows:
• Sunday – Community prayer at First Church of God on Thrill Hill Road, 6 p.m.
• Monday – Prayer at Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, 7:45-8 a.m., with the Rev. John Glennon of Parkview Free Methodist Church the facilitator.
• Tuesday – Prayer at Vandalia Community High School gym, 7:45-8 a.m., with the Rev. Matt Philbrick, youth pastor at Unity Baptist Church, the facilitator.
• Wednesday – Prayer at the Fayette County Courthouse, 7:45-8 a.m., with J.D. Vieregger, county jail administrator, the facilitator.
• Thursday – National Day of Prayer breakfast at American Legion Home, 6:45 a.m.
The schedule for the breakfast includes a blessing of the food by the Rev. Tom Farris of First Church of God at 6:45 a.m. and the welcome by Dr. Kevin Childers of Unity Baptist Church, followed by:
-The pledge of allegiance, led by Childers.
-Invocation by the Rev. Ben Foxworth, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church.
-Violin music by Michelle Hooks of CenterPointe Church.
-Table prayer time, led by the Rev. Robert Weaver of Unity Baptist Church.
-Address by the Rev. Carlos Sanchez.
-Benediction by the Rev. Stacey Smith, youth pastor of Northside Christian Church.
Sanchez was born in November 1969 in Bonao Dominican Republic.
He began his career in professional baseball with the San Francisco Giants in 1987 and moved to the United States in March 1988. He later suffered an injury in the early 1990s that ended his career with the Giants.
Sanchez and his wife, Ana, have three children: Melina, Isaac and Carlos.
In 1992, he and his wife gave their lives to the Lord and two months later he began to preach the gospel in the streets of New York.
“I knew God had called me to evangelistic ministry,” he said.
“God took me to different countries and all around the United States to preach the Gospel.”
In 2005, Sanchez was called to Chicago to pastor the Iglesia de Dios Northwest, where he now serves.