Abilene Dignitaries Celebrate National Day of Prayer

Big Country Dignitaries and Community Members Celebrate National Day of Prayer at Breakfast Hosted by BCFS

Photo: Man Speaking at National Day of Prayer at Breakfast

ABILENE, TX — BCFS Health and Human Services-Abilene hosted a community breakfast on Thursday, May 4 at Hardin-Simmons University, to honor the National Day of Prayer.

The event, sponsored by BCFS in partnership with the Office of the President at HSU, was a catered affair featuring civic leaders leading meaningful prayers, seeking the Lord’s guidance for the city, nation, president, elected officials, families, the economy, churches, first responders, youth, the military and people who are ill or injured.

Guests enjoyed music by Kevin Rowe and a steak-and-eggs breakfast. Students from the Abilene High School Junior ROTC opened the event by posting the colors, and Dr. Chris Hollingsworth, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of the HSU Opera Program, led guests in reciting the national anthem.

Dignitaries and leaders from across the Big Country lead guests in prayers, including: Eric Bruntmyer, President of Hardin-Simmons University; Honorable Dr. Bob Hunter, Former State Representative; Claire Mehaffey, Family Attorney; Chuck Statler, County Commissioner; Mary Ross, Texas Workforce Commission Executive Director; Anthony Williams, Abilene City Council Member & Community Organizer of the City of Abilene; Dr. James Shields, Retired Pastor & Theology Professor at HSU; Larry Bell, Abilene Fire Department Fire Chief; Mary Cooksey, Executive Director of Basic Needs Network-211; Scott Jameson, Chief Operating Officer of West Texas Rehab; Captain Mark Traeger, USAF Dyess Air Force Base Chaplain; and Kevin Dinnin, President and CEO of BCFS.

Created in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, the National Day of Prayer is an inspiring way for people of all faiths to pray together and mobilize with a common focus.

Proceeds raised at the event will benefit BCFS Health and Human Services-Abilene Our House, a transitional shelter that provides housing for young adults ages 18-25. Our House helps young adults transitioning into self-sufficiency and those struggling with homelessness. The parent organization BCFS, a global system of health and human service nonprofits, sponsored the event.

For more information about BCFS Health and Human Services-Abilene, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/youthcenters/abilene.