Prayer Bell makes a stop on Lewisburg square
By Karen Hall
Tuesday afternoon, Randy C. Davis brought the Bell of Salvation to the Lewisburg square for a prayer rally.
Davis was elected executive director and treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention in 2010. Before that he was pastor of First Baptist Church in Sevierville.
"A few weeks into the transition I sensed God wanted me to ring the bell of salvation as loudly and clearly as I possibly could," Davis recalled in an interview with Lonnie Wilkey, editor of Baptist & Reflector.
In order to do that, Davis decided he would travel to all 95 counties in the state this year to lead a prayer rally on the steps of the courthouse in every county seat town. He has a specially painted truck to carry the Salvation Bell, which is on loan from First Baptist Church, Sevierville, and the bell is rung at each rally.
In Lewisburg, about 30 residents and local officials gathered.
Bro. Tom Dumser prayed for renewal and revival of people's faith, and spiritual awakening.
Director of Missions Tim Key prayed for and expressed appreciation for all public servants, from government employees, first responders, and public defenders to members of the military. He also asked everyone to pray for their local pastors and their staff members, that their conviction remains strong, and their compassion undaunted.
East Commerce Baptist Church pastor Cliff Vines prayed for those who do not yet know Christ as their savior.
And finally Tom Sumners of Parkview Baptist Church led the group in singing "God Bless America," which Davis pointed out is a prayer as well as a song.
Davis told Wilkey his intention was "not to have 95 large crowds to gather. Our intention is church representatives will join us there and return to their churches committed to lead their members to pray for spiritual awakening. Every great spiritual awakening started out with a few people being really desperate for the Lord," he concluded.