Atmore First Assembly of God Honors and Celebrates Pastors’ Ministries on Sunday – The Atmore Advance
Atmore First Assembly of God Honors and Celebrates Pastors’ Ministries on Sunday
Posted at 1:55 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022
Atmore First Assembly of God celebrated 51 years of ministry for Pastors Don and Sara Davis on October 23 during its 11 a.m. service.
Don and Sara began their ministry in Atmore in 1987. Prior to coming to Atmore, Don and Sara served approximately 13 years in Sylacauga.
In addition to the musical selections dedicated to Don and Sara, their three children, Sara Beth, Joshua and Jared spoke about the influence of their parents on their lives and on others.
“These two have been the greatest blessing of my life,” said Sara Beth, a schoolteacher like her mother. “We were their first mission field.”
Sara Beth said the power of prayer was and is evident in each of their lives. She said that when Jared and Joshua would help drive her to school, they would pray and she would repeat said prayer.
When she was old enough to drive, she carried on the tradition.
To honor her parents, Sara Beth performed a sign language dance to “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”
Joshua, a realtor, noted his parents’ missionary work, including 70 mission trips, Camp AFA, and their focus and importance on teaching children.
Joshua recalled a story where his father stood up to the Ku Klux Klan while serving in Sylacauga.
“He told them, ‘My God is greater than cowards in a mask full of hate,'” Joshua said.
Joshua said the three of them were blessed to have Don and Sara because they had invested in each of them.
“They dedicated their children to God,” he said. “They dedicated your children to God.”
Jared, a pastor at River City Church in Jacksonville, Florida, said throughout his ministry he got to experience many different churches.
Jared said there was a time when he went back to Atmore for a while and a change happened to him.
“I started to listen and I started to learn from a deep well of wisdom,” Jared said.
Jared talked about the many accomplishments and projects both of his parents were involved in and are still doing to this day.
Jared marveled at his father’s commitment to Monday night prayer and his mother’s commitment to the children.
“It’s not just a legacy,” Jared said.
At the end of the service, the church prayed for Don and Sara, and a luncheon was held in the church’s recreation ground across the street.
At the start of the service, Don and Sara received a trip to Israel from the church. They will make their pilgrimage from November 6 to 16, 2023.