The 2015 Back-to-School Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by CIPE (Christians in Public Education) held a powerful prayer breakfast for those who love our schools and love the Lord. Coming together to pray for each other and specifically for our superintendents, administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, parents and precious students is our paramount goal. The CIPE team celebrates another very successful time of fellowship, prayer and worship.
The program kicked off with the exciting Seminole County Gospel Choir. These talented young adults sang two songs with intensity and joy. Our only complaint is that we couldn’t have more! The breakfast was opened with prayer by Pastor Ron Williams and then I gave a short description of a few tools the Christian educators have for their toolbox. It is important for all educators to know the law and to remember these two numbers 16 and 9. Know the first 16 words of the 1st Amendment to be a legal Christian in the public schools and the 9 Fruit of the Spirit to walk the walk with grace. Second, we invite all Christians to pray with us at 1:16PM each day and to be in the same chapter in the Bible through Around the Word in 180 days.
Breakfast at the beautiful Orlando Lake Mary Marriott was delicious and served by a class servers. We were blessed to have Erika Dunlap as our guest speaker this year. Erika is a native of Orlando and presently serves as the major gifts officer at FAMU. However, Erika is best know as the 2004 Miss America! Her passionate message of encouragement to educators to love with our eyes. She shared from her heart and made most of us cry with her.
Jane McCann lead us in a corporate prayer as she placed us in groups of 3-4. Praying as a team yet in such an intimate setting was powerful and beautiful. It’s a precious sound to hear the small voices of others calling out to God in petition and praise. Jane guided us through prayers of adoration, supplication, confession and then for our leaders, colleagues, students and more. What a precious time of communing.
Finally the prayer breakfast was concluded with an accounting of funds as CIPE continues to support schools in Africa, community networks and Honor the Grads for the first time this school year. Teachers were encouraged to form prayer groups in their schools before or after the school day. We sang two upbeat songs lead by William Tillman, 2nd grade teacher, on keyboard and his team of two singers and a drummer. They rocked it as if they were a 10 piece band. Kathy Morganelli helped us conclude the morning with Amazing Grace.
Having a prayer breakfast to give honor to God and to help educators understand that they are not alone in the public schools in our goal of connection. It was an honor and privilege to bring so many dedicated servants of God together to join together to transform our schools with God’s love and truth. We would like to thank Children’s Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) for such a large group of supporters.
For more information on putting together a prayer breakfast in your community, please contact the CIPE team.