Hello Neosho! Seeing that this week is when we have the laymen’s league meetings in Neosho to reflect on prayer and the birth of Christ, I would like to take a minute and give you a few ideas to pray about regarding our community.

 Hello Neosho! Seeing that this week is when we have the laymen’s league meetings in Neosho to reflect on prayer and the birth of Christ, I would like to take a minute and give you a few ideas to pray about regarding our community.
I believe in prayer and I believe God answers prayer. One concern that is always on my mind is the safety of our law enforcement officers, firemen, and the safety of our citizens. I can tell you that our first responders are in various situations every day where they would appreciate your prayers. Sometimes, it’s not just the initial interaction, but the emotional trauma that can be a result of witnessing certain tragedies that these men and women need prayer. Also, please pray for city leadership and all the departments and employees of the city. Many times, because of the nature of serving the people it is a thankless job and our employees need encouragement. Yes, because we are all human we can make mistakes and we’ll just have to deal with that, but you know what I always say, maximize the positive and minimize the negative!
Pray for favor in our community. It is my heart that business and education would thrive in Neosho. Those two ingredients are vital to progress and a healthy community.  I want to see the local economy grow and a higher quality of life available to those who choose to work hard and pursue those opportunities. If we work hard and pursue lofty goals, I believe Neosho can be an example to the communities around us and to the rest of our state as to how it should be done.
Pray for better relationships. I can tell you from my experience that this need is great. Families are hurting, marriages are broken, relationships between leaders in our community are sometimes contentious, and we are all affected by the quality of these relationships. We desperately need to realize that communication is key and that though it is difficult we should seek to build on what we have in common and be civil when we disagree. My vision is that Neosho becomes an example of unity and community strength, and reaching that goal will prepare us for great opportunities.
Pray for the faith community. The church has a vital role in every community, but they must take that role seriously. Far too long the church has let the government take over many of its responsibilities. There are so many needs in our community that only the church can effectively address. Pray that church leaders recognize those needs and act accordingly. We don’t have a lack of churches in Neosho, but we all can do better at meeting the needs of our city. I’m thankful for the strength of the faith community in Neosho, but there’s always room for improvement!
Last of all, pray that people of character and commitment would step out to lead in our city. This is so important! I know it is a sacrifice, but it is an investment in our future and it is rewarding! Pray about what you can do personally to contribute to our wonderful community and fulfill your civic duty. Until next time, remember to pray for Neosho!


Ben Baker is the mayor of Neosho and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.