Southwest Florida residents are invited to attend the annual Community Prayer Breakfast in observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2 at City of Palms Park, 2201 Edison Ave. in Fort Myers. The national theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer is “Love One Another.”
The breakfast buffet begins at 6:05 a.m. and will be followed by the program at 7 a.m., emceed by City of Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson. This year’s keynote speaker, Michael Hingson, will inspire attendees with his story of surviving the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center with the help of his guide dog, Roselle.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance on the first Thursday of May, when individuals of all faiths join together in unified prayer for continued blessings on the nation. Every year, local, state and federal observances are held from sunrise to sunset across the nation and attract more than 2 million people. The Fort Myers community has been honoring the National Day of Prayer since the Community Prayer Breakfast’s inception in 1988. Local businesses and organizations annually step in to support the event through sponsorships and donations.
“The Community Prayer Breakfast can unite Southwest Florida for one cause,” said Rev. Israel Suarez, founder and CEO of Nations Association Charities and a founder of the Community Prayer Breakfast. “We all have different backgrounds, religious beliefs and political perspectives, but one thing we can agree upon is the need to build a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. Bringing the community together for a day of prayer certainly is a step in the right direction.”
The Community Prayer Breakfast is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at communityprayerbreakfast.com. For more information, please email CommunityPrayerBreakfast@yahoo.com or call 239-989-1154.