The greater Orange community observed the National Day of Prayer on Thursday at the Riverfront Boardwalk and Pavilion adjacent to the Orange County Courthouse. About 50 people gathered to pray for the community during the hour long vigil.
Representatives from the cities of Orange, West Orange, and Pinehurst municipal governments were in attendance. Lanie Brown from Congressman Brian Babin’s office opened the evening with a prayer from the congressman.
Johnny Asevedo started the prayers of the people and believes the less formalized structure of the evening allowed more people to voice their prayers of concerns for this area. “The authenticity of today, it wasn’t forced, it wasn’t anything where we felt like we were on a strict regimen or a time frame, it was so authentic, and I think that’s what you get with Orange County, that’s Orange, we’re authentic, we’re truthful, we’re real, and especially when it comes to things like this we’re passionate to see God move in our city,” Asevedo praised.
Asevedo has been elected to the City Council from Pinehurst. He serves with his wife as the pastor of the Destiny Church in Pinehurst.