On a typical Hesperia day, staff, officials and customers regularly walk past the city's flag poles. Last Thursday at noon, around 100 stopped to gather in front of Old Glory and pray to God and for our leaders.


"God wants our city to be set apart for Jesus," said Pastor Gil Plascencia of Orchard Christian Church. "We pray, Lord, for all of those that are serving you."


Pastor Randel Ponce of River of Life Church, one of about 10 pastors who spoke during the National Day of Prayer event, urged everyone to "set aside our ethnic and social differences."


"When the tough gets going, the tough go to Jesus," Pastor Ponce said.


Pastor David Ley of Hesperia Community Church led prayer for our leaders and troops.


Bishop Campbell, who prayed for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, talked about the tough times people are going through financially.


Bob Grissom, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hesperia, added, "Right now they're being asked to do more with less."


Pastor Wayne Stockstill also prayed for leaders and introduced several pastors.


Local dignitaries on hand included Hesperia Unified School District superintendent Mark McKinney, City Councilman Mike Leonard and Mayor Thurston "Smitty" Smith, who lost his son last year. The attendees prayed specifically for Smith, and those near the mayor laid hands on him.


One of the event's organizers, Pastor David Penn of Hesperia Church of the Nazarene, welcomed attendees, presided over the invocation and the singing of "The Doxology."


"We invited every pastor from churches we found in the Yellow Pages," Pastor Penn said. "It was a very good turnout."