Community will gather for prayer breakfast

Mirror staff

The 21st annual Greater Federal Way Community Prayer Breakfast next Thursday will bring people together “to talk to God and ask for help for our people,” organizers said.

Northwest Church, 34800 21st Ave. SW., will host the event, which is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 a.m.

The war in Iraq, terrorism and the social impacts of collapsing families and drug and alcohol abuse make the breakfast a timely opportunity “to pray for our nation, our community and our young people,” said Bob “Coach” Roach of Pray Federal Way, the group organizing the event.

In addition to a buffet breakfast provided by Scott Brown of the Best Western Executel, the program will feature several speakers:

• Jeanne Burbidge, mayor of Federal Way, and Peggy LaPorte, head of the FUSION shelter program for homeless women and children, on the role of prayer in their personal lives.

• Tony Sierra, a youth pastor with Northwest Church Children Ministries, on his work with children in Federal Way’s Westway community.

• And Terry Read, a former prison inmate who now counsels other ex-convicts, on youth issues.

Neal Vosburgh, a blind tenor from Puyallup, will sing as part of the program. In addition, Jessica Hafen, Federal Way Junior Miss 2002, will perform a scripture reading.

Tickets ($8 per person) can be reserved and purchased by calling World Vision, the international Christian relief organization based in Federal Way, at 815-2300. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Pray Federal Way’s other programs, including its annual Back to School Prayer Rally.

“We’re trying to bring our village of Federal Way together spiritually,” Roach said.

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