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Sonja Morton Honored as This Year's Saints in Light Award Winner

ZEBULON - Prayer Power of Georgia Inc. honored the 2021 Saints in Light Award winner at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Pike County Commission. Friends and family attended the meeting to honor Sonja Morton.

Chaplain Ben Maxedon and his wife Patti made the presentation to Sonja before the commissioners and those in attendance at the meeting. Chaplain Maxedon thanked the commissioners for allowing Prayer Power to make the presentation at the meeting.

What Is the Saints in Light Award?

Chaplain Maxedon said that this is a true community award because Prayer Power asks the community for nominations each year. The award is based on Colossians 1:12-13 which says, “…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the Saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”

The “Saints in Light Award” is presented each year to an outstanding individual who has been a “spiritually inspiring, motivating, and encouraging influence in the community.” This individual also works to better the community and the people that they help. Prayer Power’s website says this mission very well: “By reflecting the true meaning of love and service in the community, they inspire and empower others to do the same.”

Unselfish service in the community and a deep spiritual life are two of the requirements for this annual award. It is the hope of Prayer Power of Georgia that the efforts to reach out to others in the community will give renewed faith and spiritual life to those who are blessed by this community service.


It was a complete surprise to Sonja. Tom and Rob Morton were both there as well as many others who came to see her accept her award. It seemed to be a very well kept secret!

Chaplain Maxedon said that Sonja is working with and has worked with many organizations in Pike County to help others and the community over the years. She has given help to the homeless and people in need and cooked countless meals for those in need.

She has helped with her church and helped in the Lion’s Club. She was once Lion of the Year with Lion’s Club International for her outstanding service. Chaplain Maxedon described Sonja as the kind of person who works behind the scenes to get things done.

Sonja’s husband Tom has also been received this award. He was honored in 2017 for his selfless commitment to Pike County. This is the first time that a husband and wife have received the award in separate years.


If you would like to find out more about Prayer Power of Georgia Inc. and maybe help out with its ministry in our community, go to http://www.prayerpower4u.net/. You can also contact Chaplain Ben Maxedon by mail at Prayer Power of Georgia, PO Box 1263, Zebulon, GA 30295, by phone at 770-689-7549, or by email at prayerpower4u@bellsouth.net.

National Day of Prayer - May 6 at noon

Prayer Power of Georgia will celebrate the National Day of Prayer on May 6, 2021, on the Pike County Court House grounds beginning at noon. The public is invited to attend as we celebrate our great nation, honor those who have served in many different capacities, and ask blessings for those serving our community and country. Community leaders will offer words and prayers for our community, state, nation, world, and all those who need salvation.

2021 Baccalaureate Service - May 23 at 5 p.m.

The 2021 Baccalaureate Service and celebration for Pike County graduates will be held Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 5 p.m. at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Williamson. The service is co-sponsored by Prayer Power of Georgia and Pike County Christian Ministerial Association, hosted by Oak Hill Baptist Church. The service is for all 2021 graduates from Pike County, their families, friends, and the community.

This year the message will be delivered by Rev. Shane Moore, Youth Pastor at Life Springs Church. There will be special music by one of the graduates. There will be a special moment for Jamori Williams.

We believe this will be a great start to commencement week, setting the tone and giving the students a spiritual sendoff for commencement week. It will encourage them not only for now but also a message they can carry with them through their lives as they go on to college and careers. We look forward to all graduates being there. We look forward to having an excellent service that will be spiritually encouraging for the graduates and everyone else in attendance.