Gulf Coast Churches Seek God to Stop Oil Flow

by Audrey Barrick|Christian Post Reporter

With a third of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico now closed to fishing and leaked oil continuing to spread, local churches are banding together Sunday for a day of prayer.

They’re calling it the Oil Spill Day of Prayer and participants include The Wesleyan Church, the Church of Nazarene and Southern Baptists.

“The current oil spill is not only causing harm to the coast, marsh lands, the gulf and the future of oil exploration but to the economic future of many [states],” said Dr. Dan Berry, the South Coastal district superintendent of The Wesleyan Church. “This is a case of denominations coming together, saying we are desperate.”

Some 23 million to 47 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20 and sank. It is the worst oil leak in U.S. history.

President Obama vowed to stand with the people of the Gulf Coast and deliver a strong response to the man-made disaster.

In his weekly address Saturday, Obama spoke from Grand Isle, La., and informed the American public that 17,000 national guard troops were being deployed to aid in the response, more than 20,000 people are working around the clock to protect the waters and coastlines, hundreds of top scientists and engineers from around the world have been employed and more than 1,900 vessels are assisting in the cleanup. Additionally, more than 4.3 million feet of boom have been deployed to contain the spill.

“In short, this is the largest response to an environmental disaster of its kind in the history of the country,” Obama said.

After speaking with frustrated local residents and small business owners including those in the oyster and shrimp industry, Obama said the spill has damaged livelihoods and upended whole communities. Read more at Christian Post

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