Joyce Yates to speak at Starkville’s Observance of the National Day of Prayer May 7


Health educator and author Joyce Yates will serve as one of eight guest speakers at Starkville’s Observance of The National Day of Prayer, set for noon May 7 at the Starkville Sportsplex.

Yates will speak on the importance of prayer in healthcare. The Starkville  observance will coincide with events throughout the nation, with people coming together for a time to pray for their community, their state and their nation.

The public is invited to attend. For more information about Starkville’s Observance of the National Day of Prayer, please contact Gwen Sisson at


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Dr. Ruff will speak at Starkville’s National Day of Prayer event

525791_4947954386024_395618965_nDr. Paul Ruff will be one of the guest speakers at the 2014 Starkville observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Ruff will speak on the importance of praying for healthcare professionals and the state of healthcare in the community, the state and the nation. Starkville’s observance of the National Day of Prayer will be at noon May 1 at the Starkville Sportsplex.

“I feel that praying for healthcare workers is important because Christ loves when we pray for each other,” said Dr. Ruff. “Praying for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals helps people to feel as if they are contributing to the “care” of patients, and that’s a wonderful way to express love. As for me, prayer is important to me because I need an ongoing personal relationship with God to stay centered. Whenever I get resentful, bitter, jealous, or even just plain depressed, a prayer of gratitude can turn everything around and get me back to where I’m supposed to be – when I really want it to. God is always there for me, sometimes just waiting for me to acknowledge my need for Him.” Continue reading