This is a cross post made by Brother Mark on our Facebook page.
9 March 2021: Brother Thom and I spent the day traveling with Brother Curtis Ponder of the Maple Springs Baptist Church near Ronda, North Carolina. Brother Curtis, along with his young friends Avery and Shannon, is on the 9th day of a 10 day, 100 stop trip around North Carolina during which he will be stopping to pray at every county courthouse in the state.
We spent Monday night in Roanoke Rapids where we enjoyed a good meal at Logan’s Steakhouse, and then began the day praying with Brother Curtis at the Northhampton Country Courthouse in Jackson, NC. The truck traffic passing the courthouse was a little noisy, but it was immediately obvious that Brother Curtis has a passion for his task and loves God.
From there we proceeded to the Hertford County Courthouse, located a few miles east of Murfreesboro, where again we prayed under beautiful skies. While there we were parked only a few yards from a COVID vaccination site, a stark reminder of the fear that has been fostered on our nation by an irrational media and government. Brother Curtis prayed for leadership in each county where we stopped. Godly leadership is something sorely needed in these trying times.
After leaving Hertford County we proceeded to Gatesville where we prayed at the Gates County Courthouse. I am sure the history eliminators will be visiting that city in short order to complain of the Confederate soldier stature standing guard over the old courthouse.
We then drove over to Elizabeth City where we prayed at the Pasquotank County Courthouse. It was interesting that while there we required the use of the restroom facilities. To get to them we were required to pass through facial recognition software, just another invasion of privacy in what was once a free country. I guess holographic driver’s licenses are no longer sufficient.
We then visited the Camden County Courthouse, a place I once enjoyed while recognizing aging military veterans as a Hospice volunteer. I wonder how the many, many veterans of World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, and the Middle East, feel about the terrible loss of freedoms we are now experiencing. I wonder how they feel about the tens of thousands of churches so long shuttered by government edict. I am afraid it is not a brave new world and that Brother Curtis’s prayers are sorely needed.
Until we arrived at the Currituck County Courthouse in Curritituck, North Carolina, at least one thing held constant; a flag flew in front of and over each courthouse. In Currituck County, we were met by a bare flag pole; no flag, halyards blowing too and fro in the breeze. After praying in the tiny shadow of the bare pole, a family approached us with a request to pray for their son, who was scheduled for a sentencing hearing later in the morning. We were glad to do so and prayed that the young man’s sentence be balanced with his crime.
We then took a break, stopped at Frog Island Seadfood in Barco, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Curtis, Avery, and Shannon had been looking forward to seafood and tried quite a variety. I am a pretty big guy, but had a hard time consuming all that was on my plate. It was a nice lunch.
Brother Thom and I ended our day with Brother Curtis at the Dade County Courthouse in Manteo, North Carolina. I am sad to report that the day on the road, followed by a wonderful lunch, brought the we two old men to the attention of the Sand Man. Therefore, we headed back home to Moyock, and left Brother Curtis to complete three more stops before ending his day.
Today was an experience I really enjoyed. It was wonderful to see Curtis Ponder and his friends from Ronda, working so hard to glorify God, spread His word, and pray for the populations and leaders of every county in the state of North Carolina. What a magnificent task for one man to conceive and carry out, all own his own initiative and through his own efforts. This is the second time Brother Curtis has accomplished this task and I pray that it issomething that grows into an annual ministry outreach.
On a personal note, I hope that all of the counties we visited are able to re-purpose their old courthouses. Many are being replaced by new and lavish structures, however, the history lies in the old buildings. I believe the oldest we visited today, Camden County Courthouse, dated back to 1847, 174 years of history in one elderly building. Those old buildings make wonderful homes for libraries, museums, and are great places for tourists to visit.
I will try to add photos to this post tomorrow. It was a great day for our Lord, Jesus Christ.