Abbotsford Prayer Breakfast
by Debbie Cazander
The Abbotsford Christian Leaders Network is hosting a City Prayer Breakfast on April 10 at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford.
This year’s event will mark the thirtieth time such a breakfast has been held. Planning committee chair Andy Kwak, who is also the Chaplain for the Fire Rescue Services of Abbotsford and Mission, recalls attending the prayer breakfast soon after he moved to Abbotsford from Edmonton in 2007. “I attended the Prayer Breakfast held at a church with about 40 people.” Shortly thereafter, Kwak shared with the ACLN Executive that he had been involved with the Edmonton Evangelical Ministerial Association for several years, during which time their Prayer Breakfast grew exponentially. The ACLN asked Kwak to become involved in organizing the next City Prayer Breakfast and he, with a small committee, has seen growing interest each year. “God has certainly blessed this event with over 200 in attendance this past year” says Kwak.
To accommodate the larger number of people, the decision was made several years ago to change the venue from a church to the conference centre at the Quality Inn near the freeway in eastern Abbotsford. Kwak says “It is exciting that we see each year more and more community support for this event. It is great to be able to pray collectively for our civic leaders.”
Agreeing with this thought is ACLN Chair, and Senior Pastor at Heritage Alliance Church, Tim MacIntosh, who says, “it’s not every day that you have a city-wide event in a local hotel with prayer as the declared purpose. I like that. People come from all different backgrounds, but whether church-goers or not, at some level everyone agrees that prayer is crucial for our city.”
Leadership carries a large amount of responsibility and, although often gratifying and fulfilling, it also creates stress and even distress. Decisions made will influence the lives of potentially thousands of people, and chioces made are not always met with favour. For police, fire departments and ambulance first responders, the work of providing safety involves living on the edge and they are often exposed to the destructive elements of life. This work can be trying and difficult. What can be better than to lift all of these men and women up to God in prayer?
“Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, The Abbotsford Prayer Breakfast is a non-political event that allows churches, ministries and businesses to show their appreciation and support, and to pray for our mayor and council, our civic leaders, police, fire and ambulance, and school board leaders. “Having the privilege of serving as Fire Chaplain for the past 11 years, I know first hand some of the challenges that First Responders face,” says Kwak.
MacIntosh adds, “This breakfast gives us the opportunity to focus on the city, to honour its leaders and to pray for God’s blessing on all that happens in this place.”
The theme for this year’s event is Give Thanks with a Grateful Hearts There will be a delicious breakfast and an opportunity for networking. Music will be provided by Abbotsford’s own Calvin Dyck; the keynote speaker is Tom Watson, a successful business leader, sought after speaker, consultant, philanthropist and author of the book Man Shoes.
Doors open at 7am, breakfast at 7:30 until 9:30am. Tickets are $35 until March 20, $40 afterwards, and can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the House of James.
Contact Rebecca Noort at 604-226-6734 or firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship opportunities or for more information.