Local Prayer Breakfasts
Abbotsford City Prayer Breakfast
by Debbie Cazander
The annual Abbotsford City Prayer Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Road, in Abbotsford. Starting at 7 am with a time for networking with other attendees and local ministries, breakfast will begin at 7:30 am.
This year marks the 31st time that such an event has been held. A subcommittee of the Abbotsford Christian Leaders Network (ACLN) has been meeting monthly to plan this year’s breakfast. As in previous years, the purpose of the annual breakfast is to unite Christians from across the city to gather together in prayer for the Mayor, City Council, School Broad trustees (including independent schools), and First Responders. Each of these roles and positions carry a weight of responsibility. With the population of Abbotsford nearing 150,000, the once small, central Fraser Valley city has grown to be one of British Columbia’s larger cities. With the growth has come an increase in the need for more planning and development; and with more people a greater need for more services. From the perspective of the city’s Christians there is an ever greater need for prayer.
In addition to asking God for His blessings and safekeeping for those in leadership in Abbotsford, organizers have planned a full program. The theme for the 2020 Annual City Prayer Breakfast is God For All Generations. Apologetics Canada founder and president, Andy Steiger, will be the guest speaker. Steiger is well respected as an international speaker and author. He created the video series, The Human Project, and The Thinking Series, and he will be hosting the Apologetics Canada Conference on March 6 and 7 at Northview Community Church in Abbotsford.
Popular local musician, Brian Doerksen, will perform, together with his father Harry Doerksen, who sang locally with the Ambassadors Quartet in years past. Brian performs numerous concerts each year, locally and internationally, and his songs are sung by worshippers all over the world.
As always, a sumptuous breakfast will be served.
Early bird tickets of $35 are available through Eventbrite and at the House of James in Abbotsford until March 20; tickets will be $40 after that date. Ticket sales will end on April 15.
For more information, contact event organizer, Rebecca Noort, at email@example.com, or call 604-226-6734.
BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast
Every spring, the BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast attracts people from all walks of life, and offers support and prayer for those who serve in elected positions in local communities at municipal, provincial, federal and international levels. The 54th Annual BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast will be on Friday, Mar 6 at the Hyatt Rrgency Hotel from 7:15 to 9 am.
This year, the guest speaker is Jim Crescenzo, award-winning teacher, filmmaker, and social advocate.
Over the span of his 37-year career in education, Crescenzo has provided many avenues for troubled youth to find their strengths, be it through Dream Big Productions, founded in 1997, his very successful film and theatre programs, which are recognized among the finest in the country, or the East End Boys Club, with its proven record of keeping marginalized youth in school. Under Crescenzo’s guidance, student films and theatre productions have garnered over 700 regional, national, and international awards. The East End Boys Club evolved from his passion to tackle one of Canada’s most misunderstood, mismanaged, and underfunded social issues: mentor-less and misguided young men.
Most teachers welcome retirement after decades of service, but after leaving teaching, Crescenzo moved seamlessly into the role of Founder and Director of the East End Boys Club, fueling that unstoppable, neverending force of helping to level the playing field for those less fortunate. Crescenzo continues to deliver quality programs in theatre and film, fitness and nutrition, dance, indigenous culture, mentorship, educational and counselling support, job-entry, and scholarship opportunities under one umbrella. He was able to assemble an impressive and highly professional group of people who work with youth in various capacities to build skill sets that will give them a better future.
BC Student Forum
In order to engage the next generation, there is a special program for students to enjoy the Breakfast, the Provincial Leaders Dinner, and attend the post-breakfast Q&A discussion. This allows the students an opportunity to gather with local leaders who have vast experience in prayer and action, participating in God’s work for the good in our city.
For more info on the Breakfast and the Provincial Leaders Dinner on Mar 5, www.cityinfocus.ca/upcoming.