Women Pray in Flight

As part of observing the 59th Annual National Day of Prayer, four women decided to pray for family, government, schools, media and many other community entities during a short flight over the Wheeling area Thursday.

Dawn Noble, area coordinator for the National Day of Prayer, along with Tracie Morelli of Weirton and Aggie Roseberry of New Cumberland flew out of the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport for a noon flight with local pilot JoAnn Gould, a member of Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church in Wheeling, at the controls.

Noble said it was all part of the national inaugural PrayerFlight – a program that includes pilots in all 50 states flying over state capitols and praying for their communities as part of the National Day of Prayer.

The event is dedicated to praying for guidance, protection and blessing – in particular, for city, county, state and national leaders, and the media.

“JoAnn’s going to fly us over the major things we want to pray for,” said Noble, just before she boarded the small four-seat airplane next to Ohio Valley Flight Academy at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport.

Noble said since a PrayerFlight was scheduled in Charleston, W.Va., for noon Thursday – she thought they should include Wheeling since there is a local airport there. She said, “Why not see if we can find a pilot to fly over the city of Wheeling and pray for our city.” According to Noble, the need for prayer in this country remains great, and noted that it has been at the core of the nation’s foundation since the drafting of the Mayflower Compact.

“It’s just an honor to be able to pray for the city of Wheeling, for our nation, and for the children of all churches,” said Morelli.