John Bouquet, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Savannah and spokesperson for Ashland's prayer breakfast, said that a record number of tables were sponsored this year. Over 60 tables were seated due to the financial backing of local churches and businesses.
Her address, which centered around her book Praying with Strangers, demonstrated just that. She recounted numerous anecdotes about her venture into praying with random people she would come across in everyday places like the grocery store or a bathroom.
"The value of prayer is something we can't weigh," said Ms. Jordan as she recounted her tales of the strangers she encountered. "We should not underestimate the power we've been given."
As Ms. Jordan related her emotion filled stories of burdened people with whom she has prayed she she encouraged those gathered to replicate her work by saying, "Never has there been a time in our history to be more vulnerable, more real."
"This is great that so many have come out for the National Day of Prayer here. But we must remember that tomorrow is another national day of prayer, and so is the next, and the next."
Prior to Ms. Jordan's talk Ashland Mayor Glenn Stewart gave a city proclamation, wherein he expressed that the citizens of the town should be encouraged to present supplications the deity of their choosing.
Following the speaker the assembly of local citizens, pastors, and public representatives engaged in a season of prayer.
The prayers were paused momentarily to give a special recognition to the family of Ted Smetzer, who has recently passed away. Pastor Bouquet noted that Mr. Smetzer, who owned Smetz's Tire and Service Center here in Ashland, had been a long time backer of the NDP event. A moment of silent prayer was then specifically offered for the family.