14th International Prayer Breakfast Highlights

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Rev. Newton Gabbidon, Preesident of IPMI makes presentation of Prayer for Haiti to Hon. Felix Augustine, Consul General of Haiti.

A Special Report on the 2010 International Prayer Breakfast, which was hosted in New York City at the International, JFK Hotel, with special guest, Consul General of Haiti, Hon. Felix Auguistine.

On Saturday, June 19, 2010 IPMI hosted its fourteenth International Prayer Breakfast, under the theme, “Impacting Lives and Transforming Nations through Prayer.”  Keynote Speaker for the occasion was Rev. Dr. Joel Edwards, General Director of Micah Challenge International, a religious non-profit organization, which is based in the United Kingdom.

Special guests for the occasion included Hon. Felix Augustine, Consul General of Haiti, who was invited to provide particular updates on the International aid relief efforts taking place in Haiti in the aftermath of the historic January 12 earthquake. An earthquake that caused a kerfuffle destroying the capital city of Port-au-Prince and killing more than 250,000 Haitians and other nationals. Other guests included Hon. Geneive Brown Metzger, Consul General of Jamaica, Jennifer Lumley, Guest Poet for the occasion, as well as pastors and representatives from loyal and supportive churches and other organizations based in the Tri-State area.

The event kicked off at 9:00 AM with opening prayer by Master of Ceremonies, Robert Parris, MD, member of IPMI’s Board of Trustees.  Following the meal, the mood of the meeting shifted to one of lively music led by Praise and Worship Leader from Van Nest Assembly of God Church and spiritual reflection through poetry by Jennifer Lumley, from her newly released book, Mind Shaper.

Rev. Gabbidon, IPMI’s Founder and President, welcomed everyone and made a few opening remarks, which focused primarily on the general purpose of the event – that of facilitating a gathering of Christians for fellowship, teaching and praying for nations, particularly those in the Caribbean region, facing major social and economic challenges.  The President’s welcome and opening remarks gave way to greetings and remarks from Hon Geneive Brown Metzger.

Hon Geneive Brown Metzger, Consul General of Jamaica, addresses participants at the June 19, 2010 International Prayer Breakfast.

In her message, Mrs. Geneive Brown Metzger brought felicitations from the government and leaders of Jamaica.  In keeping with the event’s prayer focus on the Caribbean region, the Jamaican Consul General, in her inspiring message, which emphasized the importance of prayer to the social and economic advancement of nations, cited some of the recent developments that were taking place in the United States/Caricom relationships, aimed at fostering economic trade and security in the region.  Jamaica, a leading Caricom state, is expected to benefit from these developments.

Consul General Augustine humbly thanked the Christian community in the tri-state area for the overwhelming support which the group had given to the Haitian people and also requested of the group, continued prayer for success of the ongoing Haitian international aid relief effort as well as for the social and economic restoration of Haiti and its future development within Caricom.

Turning his attention to Jamaica’s Consul General, Mr. Augustine thanked her warmly for the valuable assistance he and his staff at the Haitian Consulate received from the Jamaican Consulate prior to, but especially after the January 12 earthquake.  Following his remarks to Mrs. Brown Metzger, Mr. Augustine then paid tribute to Jamaica for its continued support of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake disaster, for its friendship and loyalty to Haiti within Caricom and also for the strategic role Jamaica has played in the development of the nation following the Haitian Revolution and Haiti’s independence from France in 1804.  Despite the level of support Haiti had so far received from the international community, Mr. Augustine indicated, however, that the nation was facing a huge humanitarian crisis.

IPMI then presented to the Haitian Consulate,  a wonderful Prayer designed especially for the occasion. The Prayer thanked God for His providence and acknowledged, with gratitude, all peoples especially Haitians, now seeking restoration as a vulnerable nation that had seen the ravages of the natural elements. The

prayer ascribed God’s honor and glory. A time of prayer for Haiti, led by Bishop C. B. Peter Morgan, followed this presentation.  This prayer initiative involving the nation of Haiti was far from being a symbolic gesture; this initiative actually signified a new beginning for IPMI in the prophetic and intercessory role it sees itself playing in the future as it seeks to influence the spiritual destinies of nations through prayer. Bishop Morgan led a time of prayer for some of the major social and economic concerns in the Caribbean region.

Prior to his inspiring message focusing on the impact of prayer on revival and the transformation of nations, Rev. Dr. Joel Edwards took the opportunity to provide an update on the critical role being played by Micah Challenge International in tackling Global Poverty over the next five years through a series of international campaigns.   These campaigns included a special prayer initiative called Micah 2010 which would seek to mobilize approximately 100 million Christians globally to pray for the poor on October 10, 2010.  IPMI signaled its intention to join Micah Challenge International in support of this important prayer initiative.

Speaking from the text, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Rev. Edwards indicated that any genuine transformation of our culture will depend upon the response of the People of God. This response will be (i) predicated by genuine humility based on a recognition that we do need God’s help; (ii) prayer that focuses on His Kingdom and which seeks to glorify Him; (iii) a conscious or intentional seeking of the Face of God; (iv) a conscious or intentional turning of God’s people from their wicked ways.  In closing, Rev. Edwards pointed out that as the history of revival has demonstrated in both Europe and America during the last three hundred years of western civilization, that where these conditions were met, God invariably responded to the cry of His people by sending revivals that resulted in the spiritual healing and social transformation of decadent nations.

The Fourteenth International Prayer Breakfast, for many of the approximately 250 participants, proved to be an unforgettable experience etched on the hearts and minds of many that actually expressed it.

Jennifer Lumley contributed to this article

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