100 show belief in the power of prayer during observance in Latrobe
Twenty years ago, George Thomas Millward of West Newton was testifying before a federal jury in Pittsburgh about his involvement in a marijuana drug ring that had been distributing some $500,000 worth of the drug before it was busted by undercover narcotics agents in Pittsburgh.
On Thursday, the 63-year-old Millward was among 100 people listening to Latrobe-area ministers and town leaders testify to the power — and need — for prayer in the community and people's lives during Latrobe's second annual National Day of Prayer ceremony in James H. Rogers Memorial Park.
Millward said he found God about 10 years ago, after being enveloped in a world of hate through his involvement in the Ku Klux Klan. He carries the remnants of that life with him today in the form of a tattooed Nazi swastika and the letters “AKIA,” which stands for “A Klansman I Am.”
“Jesus took the hate of me,” said Millward, who said he served two years in a federal prison near Morgantown, W.Va.
Latrobe City Manager Alex Graziani told the audience that they were enjoying America's freedom to worship, but came together because of a great need in their lives.
Graziani asked God to heal the families that are broken and needy, the ones who are fighting child abuse and addiction in the community.
The landscaped downtown park with a water fountain, just across Jefferson Street from Latrobe City Hall, is “on almost a nightly basis, a place of drug deals,” Graziani said.
People need God in their lives and “we believe God will heal this land,” Graziani said.
God needs to be in all aspects of a person's life, at home as well as their place of business, said the Rev. Tim Young, pastor of Latrobe Alliance Church.
Looking out at the crowd gathered in the park for the day of prayer, the Rev. Clark Kerr, pastor of Latrobe Presbyterian Church, said, “this is a testament to the power of God in our community.”
Kerr closed with ceremony with a reminder to the audience.
“This is a beginning, not an end,” Kerr said.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Endowment of $3.49B makes University of Pittsburgh 25th richest in U.S.
- Braddock man held for trial in Jeannette assault, robbery
- Suspect in West Newton burglary sought, alleged accomplice arrested
- Three injured in two-vehicle accident on Arona Road in Hempfield
- Walker: Still time to recycle live Christmas trees in Scottdale
- Missing North Irwin man returns home
- Youngwood advances grease trap ordinance
- Former Steelers LB Haggans to do time in Westmoreland jail
- New Derry woman charged after mail delivery of 4 pounds of marijuana
- Salem man, in lockup in Greensburg shooting, charged with threatening to kill prison guard
- Rostraver Democrat aims for 1 of 3 open spots on Westmoreland County bench