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P.R.A.Y. Annual Report October 2020
Information on the Protestant Christian Program Series
P.R.A.Y. Annual Report Celebrates Ministry
The PRAY Board of Directors and CEO Jason Noland are pleased to present the 2019-2020 Annual Report. Although Covid-19 made for a difficult year, the Annual Report highlights the many ways that our mission has advanced and how we are positioned for future growth. We invite you to review our 2019-2020 Annual Report and engage in the PRAY ministry.
New Officers Elected at Annual Meeting
Rev. Dr. Samuel Tolbert, Jr.
Vikki Shepp
Charles Flowers
The P.R.A.Y. Annual Meeting was held virtually on September 24, 2020. This is a gathering of the Board of Directors, agency representatives, and denominational affiliates. Our work included review of finances, usage reports, achievement highlights, and a peek into the future. Elections were also conducted, and officers and new directors were installed.

Officers for 2020-2021 are:
President - Rev. Dr. Sam Tolbert, Jr. (President, National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc.)
Vice-President - Vikki Shepp (CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County, CA)
Secretary/Treasurer - Charles Flowers (CEO, Occoneechee Council, BSA)

The Board also welcomed two new directors:
Tracy Keller
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
Chesapeake, VA
Jon Yates
Scout Executive
Capitol Area Council, BSA
Austin, TX
You can read short bios on Tracy and Jon here.
To view the complete 2020-2021 PRAY roster, click here.
Farewell and Thank you to Former Board Directors
PRAY said goodbye to three directors who completed their terms at the September meeting: Roni Luckenbill (CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio), J.T. Dabbs (Scout Executive of Greater Alabama Council, BSA) and Star Geisz (AHG representative). All three served as officers during their tenure at PRAY, and collectively they had over 18 years of service. CEO Jason Noland thanked Roni, J.T., and Star for their years of service and their passion and dedication to our mission. Outgoing directors echoed the gratitude and sentiments expressed by JT Dabbs to P.R.A.Y. for showcasing how the different youth agencies share common goals and can work together to benefit youth. 
Roni, J.T, and Star, we will miss your leadership and warm friendship!
PRAY Awards and the Great Commission
Pastor Brian & Shan Sixbey
First United Methodist Church Fox Hill
Hampton, VA
2 Girl Scout Troops
1 Cub Scout Pack
1 Scouts BSA Troop
1 Venture Crew
From Shan Sixbey:
We are not called to be passive! We are called to be in relationship with those whom we wish to reach and disciple. So how do we reach our neighbor? How do we connect with those who are different than us? A potential path to discipleship and developing relationships is in our hands! The P.R.A.Y. program is “a Bible-based religious emblems program for Protestant and Independent Christian churches designed to bring children, youth, and families to Christ.” Oh, that. But wait – it truly can be what it says, a program designed to bring children, youth, and families to Christ. What is missing? Us – as disciples, apostles, teachers, and followers – doing what we were called to do: “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Matthew 6:15
Read the complete article from the Sixbey’s here and learn about the steps they took to get their PRAY ministry where it is today. They stand ready “to assist you in planning, implementing and celebrating a viable disciple-making extension in your community.” Please take them up on it!

Shan and Brian Sixbey

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On October 7, dedicated Christians led a panel discussion on conducting virtual P.R.A.Y. Programs. A great discussion and presentation was delivered and there are two items to share including a recording and best practices. We hope you find them helpful in your ministry.


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