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Friday, August 16, 2019
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Meets With Pastors to Pray for Children and Schools in America

(U.S. Air Force photo by L.A. Shively)
Betsy DeVos, the U.S. secretary of education, who is known to be a strong evangelical, met with several pastors recently to pray for safety as the school year begins. Entrepreneur Kenny Koldenhoven of Lake Mary, Florida—a longtime friend of the DeVoses—set up the meeting in Washington, D.C., with DeVos and his pastor, Shaddy Soliman of Lake Mary Church, along with two other local pastors. They met for 45 minutes specifically to pray.

"There's a culture beneath what you see on the surface of prayer and intercession for those who are in authority, believing God that the Lord will direct them," Shaddy says. "So we prayed exactly that with Secretary DeVos—for direction from the Lord to the education system and Department of Education in her term.

"We also had a couple other pastors who prayed the last verse in Malachi—that the hearts of the children be returned to the fathers."

Kenny explains that he and Shaddy are seeing God move in unprecedented ways through Lake Mary Church's ministry to the youth in schools. And by uniting in prayer, Kenny hopes this move of God will only increase.

"So one of the reasons I wanted to get up to D.C. and pray with Betsy DeVos over the school system was that we see the Spirit of the Lord move in these schools," he says. "And we see that these children and these middle schoolers and high schoolers—we see an influx in the youth groups across the nation. So that was one of our prayers—that we see a rise in the youth groups all around the country and that it becomes evident that this younger generation ... will make a conscious decision to look at a church or a mentor or youth group."

I'm old enough to remember that we used to pray the Lord's Prayer every day at my elementary school. This was before prayer was taken out of the schools. Since then, things have seemed to really deteriorate.

I also remember people saying that the worst problems in school in the 1950s were kids lying, chewing gum and pushing each other. But today, the problems are much more serious, including drugs, unwanted pregnancies ... read more 

God Is at Work in America's Public Schools
God Is at Work in America's Public Schools

20 Minutes - August 16th 2019

God is at work in the public schools. On this episode, host Stephen Strang talks with Lake Mary Church pastor Shaddy Soliman and entrepreneur Kenny Koldenhoven about their meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. They prayed together about America's public schools. Listen to learn more about Sec. DeVos and how God is using believers to reach students in the public school system. 

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