Macon County was visited on Monday morning by the traveling, praying man.
Local community and religious leaders gathered to pray with Executive Director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, Randy C. Davis, at the courthouse in Lafayette at the start of the week. Davis is in the middle of a “Praying Across Tennessee” tour, during which he will visit every county in the state of Tennessee.
He has 95 counties to hit within the year 2014. In every county, his object is to hold about twenty minutes of a prayer rally, on the steps of the courthouse in every county seat.
Previously a pastor at First Baptist church in Sevierville, Davis was elected to his current position with the TBC in 2010. Since then, he has crisscrossed the state many times. But this year, of course, will be different.
When we spoke with Davis, after about fifty local leaders stood outside the courthouse and prayed with him, he said that by the end of this week, he will have visited 77 of the 95 counties.
“We usually do three counties each day,” he said. “We’ve averaged about 55 attendees, with as few as ten and as many as 150.”
The Tennessee Baptist Convention is a network of about 3000 churches.
In a statement, Davis said that the intention of this tour is “not to have 95 large crowds to gather. Our intention is church representatives will join us there and return to their churches committed to lead their members to pray for spiritual awakening.”
He travels in a truck painted with the insignia of the TBC, and with the message “Ringing the bell of salvation,” and a verse reference for Ephesians 3:20. There is a large bell in the back of the pickup, which is rung to open every meeting.
“My greatest hope is that growing out of the rallies will be ongoing prayer meetings in every county in which people earnestly seek the Lord,” Davis said. “Every great spiritual awakening started out with a few people being really desperate for the Lord.”