Shield A Badge with Prayer program begins this week
This year marks the 18th year for the Shield A Badge with Prayer program, which kicks off Wednesday. The program allows individuals in the community to pray for a law enforcement officer.
Those who join the program may also send birthday or Christmas cards to the officers, along with thank you letters, in care of the agency where they work.
The prayer partner can sign up to receive an officer’s name any time during the year. Those who have are already with the program may continue with the same officer.
Michael Taylor, pastor of Phaniels Baptist Church in Rockwell, heads the program, which began in 1995. Taylor is also chaplain with Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
The program extends to other agencies and has a number of state troopers, police, fire and rescue and other law enforcement officers involved.
About 200 Rowan County law enforcement personnel have someone praying for them.
Taylor said some churches pray for a different officer each week for the year.
He also said the program has grown beyond Rowan County. He received a phone call from a Texas school that wanted to institute a similar program there.
Taylor said he would love to see all officers in the state have someone praying for them. He said officers also like receiving cards and notes from the people praying for them. Some people give officers gift cards and gift baskets.
“We see the evidence of God’s protection,” he said.
The program also raises funds so each officer receives a prayer bible, pins, notebooks, dog tags and other materials. The Shield A Badge with Prayer program is a nonprofit and donations are tax deductible.
“I enjoy doing what I do. This is my baby. There are so many officers who’ve said they appreciate this,” Taylor said.
For more information about the Shield A Badge with Prayer program, contact Chaplain Michael Taylor at 704-782-7201 or submit name, address, phone number by mail to 2675 Phaniels Church Road, Rockwell, NC 28138.