Prayer Breakfast called for heavenly aid

Hill Country Community Journal | May 11, 2019

By: Bonnie Arnold

More than 200 people attended this year’s National Day of Prayer event in Kerrville on May 1, led by Dennis Ferguson, director of BCFS Health & Human Services, Kerrville’s Community Services Division

The program for the morning said the National Day of Prayer was created by law in 1952 by President Harry Truman as an inspiring way to bring people of all faiths together to pray and mobilize with a common focus.

United in Prayer

On May 1 and 2, the BCFS System hosted breakfast events honoring the National Day of Prayer across five regions of Texas: Kerrville, Del Rio, Abilene, Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley. At each event, local leaders and prominent members of the community joined together in prayer, offering gratitude, hope for the future, and requests for guidance in matters ranging from local to international importance.

More than 1,000 people attended the events in total, where at least 80 community leaders, law enforcement officials, government representatives, members of the military, pastors, business leaders, educators, and administrators offered prayer specific to their home town.

In Kerrville, attendants gathered in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church early in the morning, coffee in hand, while a six-man band played acoustic jazz. Small conversations gave the room a friendly Hill Country ambiance before the morning’s festivities began in full with the posting of the colors by the Tivy High School Air Force Junior ROTC.  

The band at Kerrville’s breakfast plays before the start of the event.

Joshua Rodriguez, a young resident from Our House operated by BCFS Health and Human Services-Kerrville, offered a prayer for the nation’s youth. Through tears, Joshua asked for a spirit of repentance for himself and his generation, a transition out of rebellion and into growth, and a willingness to come to God and depend on Him alone.

Many others offered prayer with the uniting factor of each being a hopeful spirit of humility and a desire for togetherness.

Corpus Christi’s inaugural event was held at a local church with beautiful stain glass accents and a waterfront view.

BCFS Health and Human Services-McAllen and BCFS Health and Human Services-Harlingen teamed up to host the event in the Rio Grande Valley, where over 300 guests enjoyed a plentiful breakfast that included baskets of pan dulce at each table.

Corpus Christ hosted their event at a waterfront venue, First United Methodist Church, where attendees were blessed with a view of the sunrise on the gulf coast and treated to the sounds of classical guitar as played by Zachary Muñoz. This event, the first prayer breakfast for Corpus Christi, included prayers from members of the United States Navy based in the port city, and a distinguished list of local officials.

In Del Rio, the mayor pro tem, Liz Elizalde de Calderon, offered prayer for her city in the presence of more than 100 community members while Asennet Segura, the BCFS System’s EVP/COO of Community, International and Residential Services, offered the welcome prayer.

The annual National Day of Prayer events are underwritten by the BCFS System under the direction of Kevin Dinnin, the organization’s President and CEO. The events offer a brief reprieve from the demands of everyday life and a focus on matters of eternity, uniting all with a common cause of unity and fellowship.

Kevin Dinnin speaks at First United Methodist Church in Kerrville

In Kerrville, Kevin explained the personal significance of the annual services before he offered his closing prayer: “Since our inaugural prayer breakfasts launched in 2017, I have maintained how important these events are and how they truly have the power to bring communities together,” Kevin said. “I promise, for as long as I am president of this organization, we will continue to hold this event every year.”

Read coverage of prayer events in Abilene and Kerrville, or learn more about how the BCFS System is helping others.

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Hill Country Celebrates National Day of Prayer

Photo: Speaker at Hill Country National Day or Prayer Breakfast

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

KERRVILLE, TX — BCFS Health and Human Services-Kerrville hosted a community breakfast on Wednesday, May 3, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to honor the National Day of Prayer. The event, sponsored by BCFS, was a catered affair featuring civic leaders leading meaningful prayers, asking the Lord for His blessings in critical matters of the nation, state, city, churches, first responders, education, families and youth.

Approximately 160 guests enjoyed coffee, music by the George Eychner Quartet, and a plentiful steak-and-eggs breakfast catered by Kerrville’s own Rails Café.

Students from Tivy High School Air Force Junior ROTC opened the event by posting the colors and leading the pledge of allegiance. Dignitaries and leaders from across the Hill Country led guests in prayers, including: Bonnie White, Mayor of Kerrville; Noah Diggs, Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church; David Knight, Chief of Police of Kerrville’s Police Department; Lucy Wilke, 216th District Attorney; Dr. Charlie McCormick, President of Schreiner University; Debbie Williams of Hill Country Ministries; Doug Whinnery, United States Air Force Retired; 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. BCFS’ breakfast was held the day before the official National Day of Prayer to avoid conflicting with any other prayer events to be held by other community organizations or churches.

The following organizations sponsored the event: BCFS, a global system of health and human service nonprofits; Security State Bank and Trust; the Jim “The Rookie” Morris Foundation; Family Practice Associates, P.A.; J.M. Lowe and Company; L. Duff Enterprises; Sue Tiemann; Trademark-Carrier; Families & Literacy, Inc.; Events Unlimited; and The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.

Proceeds raised at the event will benefit BCFS Health and Human Services-Kerrville Our House, a transitional apartment complex offering affordable and supportive housing units for young adults ages 18-25. The apartments help young adults transitioning into self-sufficiency and those struggling with homelessness.

For more information about BCFS-Kerrville, visit