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May 25, 2017 @ 10:18 am

Missions Radio with David Butts Chairman of The National Day of Prayer

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National Day of Prayer Events Spark Interest in Freedom to Pray

Non-Profit Organization Working to Stop T-Mobile from Corporate Greed

 

WHAT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millions of individuals around the country will meet together in both small and large groups and communities this week to lift the nation in prayer on the annual National Day of Prayer May 4. Religious leaders such as Anne Graham Lotz and Dave Butts will gather for the National Observance in Washington, D.C., from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Thursday evening.

 

Others who can’t gather in person will call to participate via phone on free conference call-in lines with other prayer warriors to answer the call to prayer.

 

However, for many of those who call in to free prayer conference lines who happen to be T-Mobile customers, they will hear a message telling them that they will be charged an additional $.01 per minute to participate in that call.

 

T-Mobile began adding these extra fees a few months ago, effectively curtailing nationwide prayer call participation for many of the hundreds of thousands of individuals using this technology for spiritual connection.

Freedom to Pray is a grassroots effort that was launched to bring attention to T-Mobile’s egregious actions and provide a means of response for faithful prayer warriors and the individuals and groups who support them. Individuals can advocate against T-Mobile and on behalf of keeping prayer lines free for everyone, including people of all faiths, by signing the petition at www.freedomtopray.org, and following many of the other suggestions listed on the website for taking action.

 

WHO:

Individuals available to comment on Freedom to Pray include:

 

Dave Butts, president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and chairman of the board for the National Day of Prayer. He oversees multiple free prayer calls through his ministry, and knows of countless individuals who have had to give up participation in these collective gatherings since T-Mobile started adding such charges. He believes this is an attack on the right to exercise faith freely and that T-Mobile is out of line in trying to impede religious freedom.

 

Kay Horner, executive director of the Helper Connection and Awakening America Alliance, which encourages and helps arrange national and local prayer events and prayer conference lines to bring about spiritual transformation in our nation. Kay is passionate about helping people of faith unite in these efforts, and is greatly saddened by T-Mobile’s actions which restrict that participation.

 

WHEN &

WHERE:

 

Thursday, May 5

Local event details available here:

http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/post_or_find_an_event

 

Freedom to Pray spokespersons are available via phone throughout the day

ADDITIONAL

DETAILS:

The nation’s first call to prayer occurred in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. Prayer has remained a vital element in our nation’s history, especially important to leaders such as President Lincoln, who proclaimed of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. The official National Day of Prayer was signed into law by a joint resolution of the United States Congress in 1952, and continues today as an interfaith gathering in the Capitol and on courthouse steps around the nation.

 

Freedom to Pray is a response to our nation’s continued need of prayer and a way to advocate for those who participate via phone but have had this freedom curtailed by T-Mobile’s excess charges.  The Freedom to Pray website, www.freedomtopray.org, will allow users to sign an online petition expressing concern about T-Mobile’s attack on prayer, requesting a call to action. In addition, social media tools will be available for easy sharing with friends and family so that they, too, may become informed and involved in efforts to #KeepPrayerFree.

 

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