McDONOUGH — The Henry County community came together virtually Wednesday morning to collectively pray for Board of Commissioners member Gary Barham.
Barham was hospitalized last week with COVID-19. On Feb. 11, his son, Josh Barham, put out a call for prayers informing the community that he had been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator.
Board of Commissioners member Dee Clemmons led the vigil. She called on God to touch Gary’s body and lungs and to give him strength.
“Here our prayer, Lord God,” Clemmons said. “We’re coming to you with bowed heads and humbled hearts.”
Clemmons asked God to touch Gary Barham’s wife, Becky, their children and grandchildren.
“Bring our Gary back to us,” she said. “We love him.”
Josh Barham, thanked the community for their prayers and participation.
“It’s been amazing to see the support from both sides,” Josh Barham said. “We know there’s healing powers in Jesus. We appreciate every one of you for being here.”
Clemmons called on the community to fast for seven days from 8 a.m. to noon.
According to Day of Fasting and Prayer Guidelines, fasting gives more time for prayer, demonstrates the depth of your desire when praying for something and releases God’s supernatural power.
A health update posted to Josh Barham’s social media Thursday afternoon said Gary Barham remains on a ventilator, but that his blood oxygen levels are improving. He’s been placed on dialysis to help with kidney function and doctors are flipping him to aid with oxygenation.
Gary Barham grew up in McDonough and graduated from Henry County High School. He retired from the city of McDonough after 31 years of service. He has represented District 3 on the Board of Commissioners since January 2013.
The community is invited to join BOC Chair Carlotta Harrell for a second prayer vigil in the south parking lot at Piedmont Henry Hospital on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The prayer will be led by Pastor John Dewberry of Community Bible Fellowship. Social distancing and masks are required.