Waves of Prayer/Ora de Oracion Ministries was launched in Elaine Sept. 30, the anniversary of the 1919 Elaine race riot/massacre. In 1919 Elaine was the last of more than 350 massacres across the U.S. that summer. This week in Elaine, The Waves of Prayer ministries opened with prayer: remembering the past and claiming a new future for Elainians to create together: a future in which no children are hungry and each family can afford to meet the needs of the entire family. Food distribution was possible Monday because of a partnership with the Food Bank of the Delta and free clothing was brought from First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs. "We aim to pray and see the day when everyone in Elaine and all of South Phillips County will be thriving spiritually, socially, economically and educationally," Rev. Mary Olson explained. "Now we have a worship service for farm workers and their families from Mexico every Sunday at noon, a rap service for young people that will move from the Elaine Park to the Waves of Prayer site on Saturday at 5 p.m., bi-monthly free food and clothing distributions and a shop soon to open where residents can bring new clothes they have never worn and have Waves of Prayer volunteers sell the clothes for them. Next steps will include free plowing of gardens to grow fresh vegetables, cactus planting and harvesting, greens gardens open to all residents and computers for community use." Right now we are providing services to be sure everyone has food and clothing. Partnerships with nonprofits like The Food Bank of the Delta and Dr. Robert Anderson of Pine Bluff are making it possible to serve immediate needs. But we hope to see less and less need for these services as jobs and incomes increase," Director Helen Simpson said. Volunteer Roy King added, "Working as a team will make it possible to do a lot of things. If you want to be part of the movement in South Phillips County, call 870-816-6798. Ms. Simpson or I will be glad to talk with you."