Nationally-acclaimed speaker and vocalist Babbie Mason will be the featured guest at the Athens Area National Day of Prayer breakfast on May 4.
The event will once again be held at the Classic Center and feature a full breakfast. The buffet will begin at 7 a.m. and a one-hour program starts at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $25.
The annual Athens breakfast typically draws approximately 600 people from all walks of life and various churches in the Athens area. Its past speakers have included former UGA head football Coach Mark Richt and Pat Allen, former local banker and retired director of community relations for UGA.
Days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. Today, the National Day of Prayer Task Force concentrates on the need to pray for the well-being of America and for those in leadership on all levels of national, church and educational areas of influence.
Officially, the National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.
With regard to the upcoming event in Athens, the name Babbie Mason is synonymous with creative excellence in the Christian community. An award-winning singer-songwriter of Christian music, her ministry and career have touched countless thousands of people for almost three decades. Gracing the stage in numerous Billy Graham Crusades worldwide, Women of Faith conferences, the Grammy Awards and Carnegie Hall, her gifts and talents have allowed her to share the platform with such notable people as Presidents Carter, Ford and Bush, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Lady Margaret Thatcher, NBA legend Michael Jordan, Gen, Colin Powell, businessman Steve Forbes and comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Athens breakfast, go online to http://www.acmin.org/National-Day-of-Prayer or contact Bob Bowen at email@example.com or (706) 614-6210. Checks made out to ACMin can also be mailed to the Athens College of Ministry, PO Box 7953, Athens, Ga., 30604. Please add “Day of Prayer” to the memo line.
SOURCE: OnlineAthens / Athens Banner-Herald