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Godsey joins McCain

Ennis pastor added to candidate’s board of Hispanic advisors
A local preacher is stepping out on the national stage.
Pastor Lynn Godsey of Ennis’ Temple of Power, long involved in Latino politics as well as Pentecostal ministries, has been appointed to presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s National Hispanic Advisory Board.
Godsey said he’s proud of that distinction but more interested in plans for a national conference in October to address the Hispanic vote.
Last Tuesday, Godsey attended a meeting of 40 Hispanic ministers and other community leaders in Houston to prepare for an event that the Ennis pastor hopes will have an impact on the presidential election this fall.
“This is not about Hispanics but about America and establishing God’s will in this great nation of ours,” said Godsey, president and co-founder of the Hispanic Evangelical Alliance of the D/FW Metroplex.
In addition to ministers from across the state, Lt. Gov. of Texas David Dewhurst appeared at last week’s planning luncheon to pledge his support of the conference set to take place Oct. 4 in Dallas at the historic Adolfus Hotel.
Billed as “Vote for America: The Texas Hispanic Prayer Breakfast,” the event is expected to draw 500 pastors. It will also feature as speakers both Sen. McCain and his Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other state and national political figures.
“The Lord put it on my heart,” Godsey said of his involvement in the movement to provide Latinos with a greater voice in national affairs. “But as I said this is not just about us. We want to count along with everyone, and we want all voices heard.”
Godsey explained that along with local Hispanic ministers like himself and Pastor Mark Gonzales, the upcoming Prayer Breakfast would involve “key Anglo and African-American pastors.”
Lancaster-based Gonzales, president of the Standing for Truth Foundation, said the church must exert its influence in making a better way for all Christians.
“For too long the church has neglected the political process,” he said. “But this is a new day when people of faith and value voters must – and are – getting engaged in the civic arena. We can have our values represented in November if we get involved.”
The support the prayer event is expected to receive from Dewhurst will be an honor, Godsey said. The lieutenant governor has had a history of recognizing Hispanics. In 2003 he told the Laredo Morning Times that “the future of Texas is the future of our Hispanic population. I am real clear that the future of the Republican Party is to bring in more and more Hispanics.”
Of the October conference, Godsey said he feels sure the national media will be attracted and that the event will not disappoint.
“These men are united and focused like I’ve never seen before on praying for Texas and America,” he said.
That an “impact on the national vote” will be effected Godsey said he is also confident.
“We are the gatekeepers,” he added. “But God has the last word.”
The “Vote for America” prayer breakfast is scheduled to take place at the Adolphus in downtown Dallas from 7:30-10 a.m. on Oct. 4. For more information on the Hispanic Evangelical Alliance, visit www.ahemdfw.org.
To learn more about the Standing for Truth Foundation, visit www.standingfortruth.org.

Randy Bryan Bigham is managing editor of the Ennis Daily News. He can be reached at editor@ennisdailynews.com.

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