Candidate for Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill, was the keynote speaker for the Nappanee area prayer breakfast in observation of the National Day of Prayer held at the Dal Mar Banquet Hall in Nappanee, Indiana.
The Nappanee prayer breakfast has been an annual tradition for several years, first hosted by former mayor Larry Thompson, and now hosted by Mayor Phil Jenkins, who is currently in his first year as the Mayor of Nappanee.
The program was led by 11 area pastors who offered specific prayer for several segments of the community, including prayer for government, prayer for military, prayer for media/arts, prayer for education, prayer for marketplace, and prayer for the family, among others.
Curtis Hill offered remarks on the historical significance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution on a free society.
Hill quoted from the Declaration of Independence and said, “Our government was never intended to be the boss of us. It was laid out with a system of checks and balances with one important aspect being that power remain with the states and with the people.”
Hill said it was going to take courage and perseverance in faith to turn things around. He spoke of the courage of his father, who was born in Oklahoma and after the local Negro and Indian School was closed was sent to live with relatives to finish his education. He eventually moved to Elkhart, married and got a good job with the post office. His father bought two lots intending to build a home. One was along Ind. 19 by Hubbard Hills and the other on the north side of Elkhart, where it was immediately made known to him that he and his family were not welcome.
His father decided then to build the home in that north side neighborhood and after their home was bombed in the 1960s, bought a shotgun to arm himself and protect his family.
Hill said, “He understood that even in America sometimes you have to fight for your freedoms. My father was my hero. What a different country this might be if all little boys could say that.”
He spoke of the cultural shift in America in the last decade and said, especially as people of faith, “We have to retain the principles we have while adapting, not adopting, to the culture.”
Hill said people have to fight for principles, building strength by sticking together and not let a slight difference in opinion keep them from working together.
“It’s absolutely essential if we’re going to move forward as a nation,” Hill concluded.
It was noted by Mayor Jenkins that Hill has been a fixture at the Nappanee prayer breakfast since its inception.