Salisbury Area Prayer Breakfast is Thursday, May 4

Bringing faith into the corporate world and the effect of faith on families will be discussed when Terence Chatmon speaks at the seventh annual Salisbury Area Prayer Breakfast the morning of Thursday, May 4.

Chatmon, of Georgia, is president and CEO of Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, for executive leaders in 83 countries who believe that through Christ, people, businesses, culture and nations can be transformed, according to his biographical information.

An entrepreneur who describes his career as expanding from soda bottle recycling at the age of 6 to senior executive at the Coca Cola Co., Chatmon has served in senior executive leadership roles with Johnson & Johnson and Citibank, as well as with Coca Cola.

Fellowship of Companies has a summer internship program targeting 1 million next-generation leaders in business. Chatmon is known for his leadership, building transformational communities and driving business essentials across industries for efficiency and growth.

Bonnie Luna, co-chairwoman of the prayer breakfast, said it replaces the once-popular Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, which ended several years ago.

“We resurrected the concept and chose to call it the Salisbury Area Prayer Breakfast,” she said about the event that’s usually attended by 500 people.

“This is a great opportunity to bring the faith community together. The day has been set aside by the federal government as the National Day of Prayer,” she said.

Chatmon, she said, will “emphasize bringing faith into the corporate world and talk about his newest book, Do Your Children Believe? Becoming Intentional About Your Family’s Faith and Spiritual Legacy. He has a great ministry to the family as well,” Luna said.

Organized by a committee of community leaders led by Luna and Jack Savage, the ecumenical breakfast is the first happening that day. At noon, there will be an observance in front of the Government Office Building. Pastors will lead prayer for the nation. The public is welcome.

“Our nation and the world desperately need people to pray. The National Day of Prayer is a powerful opportunity to make our voices heard, ask God’s forgiveness and pray for healing of divisions in our country,” Luna said.

The theme of the 66th annual National Day of Prayer, taken from the Biblical passage at Daniel 9:19, is, “For your great name’s sake! Hear us. Forgive us. Heal us,” she said.

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan penned a bill into law designating the first Thursday of May as National Day of Prayer.

This year’s prayer breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. in the Midway Room at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. Tickets cost $20 per person and are available at The Country House or by sending a check to Salisbury Area Prayer Breakfast Committee, P.O. Box 521, Salisbury, Md. 21803.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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