April 27, 2014
Durant Kiwanis President Darrell Mendez says the local Club is leading the community to join the nation in a united prayer effort on the National Day of Prayer, May 1.
Along with about 100 “prayer partners,” the 33rd annual Community Prayer Breakfast will be held at 6:30 a.m., Thursday, May 1 at the SOSU Ballroom.
Mendez says the event is in keeping with the first objective of Kiwanis International, “To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values of life.”
The Spiritual Aims Committee of Kiwanis organizes the event and secures the prayer partners, local business people and churches, who believe in the power of prayer to turn the nation back on a course that will maintain its God-given freedoms. Dick Bogard, chairperson for the 13-member committee, says they will have another outstanding program this year, with Dr. David Whitlock, OBU President as speaker.
Bogard says Dr Whitlock is well known, loved and respected in Bryan County, so he expects to fill the ballroom with listeners eager for spiritual insights.
The 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, May 1, 2014,will have profound significance for the country, organizers say. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as citizens are called to humbly come before His throne, reports the National Prayer Day Task Force.
The theme for 2014 is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men. To further highlight the theme, Romans 15:6, Scripture for this year says “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
For the May 1 observances, Anne Graham Lotz, the 2014 honorary chairman, wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon (EDT). This recitation will create a huge wave of prayer, flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing them. Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events facilitated by volunteer coordinators. At this crucial time for the nation, people can do nothing more important than pray.
Consider making spiritual discipline a personal priority and encourage others to incorporate prayer in their lives. The Lord has graciously anointed people’s efforts, empowering them to touch and change many hearts and lives.
Kiwanis members look forward to seeing His hand move across the land in exciting ways each May.
Organizers ask that people prayerfully consider leading their churches in worship or rallies in support of the National Day of Prayer gathering. May the Lord’s peace fill everyone’s hearts as they rest in Him throughout the days ahead.
Tickets to the May 1 breakfast buffet are available from some churches and local businesses who help sponsor the event. Inquire of your pastor or place of business. Individual tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at Jordan Insurance Group, Rustin Concrete, First Texoma Main Bank, First United Bank Main Bank a University Branch and Red River Ford. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.