Friday, February 8, 2008

National Prayer Breakfast

I attended the National Prayer Breakfast this morning. Every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s has attended the annual prayer breakfast. There were 4000 people from 150 different countries. In attendance was the President of the United States and the First Lady, several heads of state, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Congressman and Senators from both sides of the aisle, and leaders from all over the world. It was awesome to see so many people in such positions of influence and leadership who came and gathered in the name of Jesus.

The Key note speaker was, Ward Brehm, a businessman who developed an interest in Africa through his church and now heads a government agency called the U.S. African Development Foundation, which helps small businesses in Africa (micro-loans). Brehm talked about his impressions of the continent, and how he became aware through his work in Africa that all peoples - rich and poor - share one human spirit.
"I will forever be indebted to Africa. Africa awakened me when I didn't even know I was asleep".

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