Crisis enters our lives in many different ways; having yourself or a loved one diagnosed with a deadly disease, the loss of a job, the breakup of the family unit or the loss of a parent or close friend. All of these are tragic events which have, or will befall you, a family member or a friend.
The one event that you can never prepare yourself for is that of the loss of a child, or worse yet the loss of two. Beth Nimmo faced that prospect on April 20, 1999, when her daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, was the first victim of the senseless violence which thrust itself on the small community of Columbine, CO.
That day a total of 12 students and one teacher were murdered, and 24 others were wounded and three injured while attempting to escape this calculated, cowardly and horrific act of violence by two of their fellow students.
Beth had a second child in the school that day. Craig, who played dead in the library to divert the attention of the gunmen, was also in school and a potential casualty of the mayhem that day. At one point, Craig related that he prayed for the Lord to take away his fear and give him courage. God immediately answered that prayer and used Craig to lead himself and others to safety.
It’s fitting therefore that Beth Nimmo be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Marco Island Community Pray Breakfast. She’ll speak about a message of hope and encouragement in addition to her faith in the good that can be done by us all, even in times of great tragedy.
“This is the 31st year of the event which was created to bring together the community as one, in recognition of the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us by our creator,” said Jim Lane, chairman of the steering committee which sponsors the event. “Beth should serve as an inspiration to all as she keeps the wonderful spirit of her daughter Rachel alive as she brings forth words of encouragement for others who are experiencing great pain in their lives.”
“Beth Nimmo has a message that is special from her heart and from a perspective that will move all that are present to witness her words,” said Blaine Fluther, one of the other committee members.
In addition to Beth Nimmo’s presentation, the assemblage will be able to enjoy the inspirational music of the Mega Praise Team, who inspired the gathering last year with their musical talents.
The Prayer Breakfast was begun 31 years ago and has grown to be one of the most widely attended events on the island. The event will bring together citizens, organizations, businesses and government leaders for a morning of reflection and encouragement and to bring the community together in an acknowledgment of the need of Almighty God’s blessing in the affairs of our community and in recognition of His values as the foundation of our nation’s history.
The event will be held at the Marco Island Marriott Resort on Feb, 11, from 7:30-9:30 AM. Tickets are on sale by visiting any house of worship on Marco Island, at the website at www.marcoislandprayerbreakfast.com, or at the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.