By Coastal Breeze News Staff
A long-standing tradition of the Marco Island’s Annual Prayer Breakfast is to have men and women of faith and substance; leaders in government, industry or religion give the keynote speech. Previous speakers have ranged from Gen. John Vessey, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff; David Laux, president, Taiwan Business Council; and Bishop Emeritus John Nevins, Diocese of Venice, Florida.
This thirty-year tradition continues with Focus on the Family’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Daly. Daly worked in the paper industry until he was recruited to join the international Christian ministry based in Colorado Springs in 1989, at one-third of his six-figure private sector pay. He succeeded founder James Dobson in 2005.
Focus on the Family is dedicated to helping families thrive. Daly is also the host of the Focus on the Family radio program, which reaches an estimated 2.9 across the U.S. and 220 million worldwide.
Who better to speak about “What does it Mean to Walk with the Lord” than a man who was abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 5, orphaned when his mother died of cancer at 9, lived in a harmful foster home until he moved in with his older brothers. He next lived with his father, who eventually turned back to alcohol and died. By the time Daly was a senior in high school he was living on his own. However, he became a Christian at age 15 while attending a camp run by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
It’s interesting to note that the Rev. Ken Smith, Fellowship of Christian Athletes was the speaker in 2010.
Participating clergy will include, the Rev. Tim Navin, San Marco Catholic Church and Rabbi Edward Maline, as well as, Marco Lutheran Church’s Parish Nurse, Gail Cacciola.
Mega Ministries Mega Praise Team will once again provide the music. They have been practicing all year to provide four inspirational selections. New this year is the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band.
The breakfast includes eggs, sweet rolls, bacon, fruit and coffee. Valet parking will be available.
“We anticipate upwards to 700 people this year,” said ticket chairman Blaine Fluth. “Marco Island is a great place. Each year we come together across all social, economic and religious divides to recognize our need of Almighty God’s blessings and his directions in our community.”
If you go:
What: Marco Island’s Thirtieth Annual Prayer Breakfast
Where: Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa, 400 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island
Time: Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Cost: $20, tickets available Marco Chamber of Commerce, Marco’s houses of worship and marcoislandprayerbreakfast.com. The last day to buy tickets is Feb. 17. Information: Call 239-793-1245