Flint Needs Water, But Don’t Forget to Pray

David McGhee, a Flint educator, is soliciting prayer for his city. / www.mlive.com
David McGhee, a Flint educator, is soliciting prayer for his city. / http://www.mlive.com

Leaders and concerned citizens met through a conference call to discuss real solutions to Flint’s water crisis.

Water is good. Money is better. Activism is helpful. But don’t forget to pray.

David McGhee, a resident of Flint, father, educator and Program Officer at the Skillman Foundation is calling upon prayer warriors.

“We need prayer. We need deep, intentional, specific prayer,” said McGhee during a Jan. 28 conference call hosted by The Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

As callers from across the nation dialed in to find out exactly what could be done, EEW Magazine President, Dianna Hobbs, was among them, and was struck by McGhee’s spiritual request.

“I have been and will continue praying earnestly for Flint,” said Hobbs, who phoned in to get an inside perspective on the water crisis from those who are not just talking about it or hearing about, but living through it.

“I came away from this excellent and informative call with the understanding that sending water only scratches the surface of all that needs to be done,” continued the award-winning faith-based media specialist. “Action without prayer is incomplete.”

According to Reuters, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday extended a state of emergency in Flint until April 14, as the Michigan legislature gave final approval of $28 million to address the drinking water crisis.

The water in the majority African-American city became contaminated with lead when, in April 2014, in an effort to save money, a reckless decision was made.

Under control of a state-appointed emergency manager, the source of Flint’s tap water was temporarily switched from Lake Huron to filthy water from the Flint River.

Since the story went public, there has been plenty of action from across the country. Water has arrived by the truckloads and the government has sent financial aid.

But that’s not enough.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Martin Johnson