SHELDON—Art and the media are the focus of Sheldon’s 24th annual National Day of Prayer event scheduled for Thursday, May 6.

The topic of the media came up when Rise Ministries president Rob Roozeboom mentioned the nation’s culture and how media plays a role in it.

For Barb Hibma, an event organizer and a national area leader for the event, the topic of the media hits close to home for her lately.

“I said some positive things about the media because I have been going through a lot because my husband and I went through COVID,” Hibma said. “Two times in the last two months, I’ve gotten in my car and this song has come on at that exact moment that lifts me up. I think the Christian radio station is a powerful force.”

Hibma then got Lauren Banik of Life 96.5 to be a guest speaker at Sheldon’s National Day of Prayer event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Living Water Community Church.

Banik is a host on Life 96.5 6-10 a.m. weekdays.

“I hear her talk every morning because I listen to the station,” Hibma said. “Rob knows her and I don’t know if he has heard her testimonial. I am very excited to hear what she has to say to us. I was relieved because I felt it was very timely to have her.”

The media is one of the seven centers of influence that are prayed for. The other six are the government, education, family, the church, the workplace and the military.

Along with Banik, students from Robin’s School of Dance in Sioux Center will have a special performance and the national anthem will be sung by Sheldon High School students.

“Robin contacted us because they perform periodically at our church,” Hibma said. “I asked her which songs they will perform and she said ‘God of This City’ and I love that song. Tricia Meendering sang that song before and it was beautiful. I asked Robin to come and they are going to perform that at the end.”

Ellie Waring, the creative director at Rise Ministries, will sing “God Bless America.”

“She’s going to sing all of the verses and it will be beautiful,” Hibma said.

Last year the event was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic but the event returned to Living Water Community Church this year.

There is no charge for the event, which is hosted by the Sheldon Ministerial Association.

Hibma said she thinks church can hold 500 people.

“We can open the back doors,” Hibma said.

Hibma added if the parking lot is full, they have received permission to allow people to park across the street at Iowa State Bank.