What do Christians do best when they get together? Fellowship! What a sweet time of fellowship, adoration and praise happened this past Saturday at the 11th annual CIPE Prayer Breakfast. Strategically placed at the beginning of the school year with enough time for classes to be fully in session, this amazing team of educators in Seminole County Florida hosted a classy and praiseful prayer event that was attended by more than 160 members of school communities across Central Florida.
After ½ hour of fellowship and greetings, the event kicked of with the powerful Seminole High Gospel Choir. This student-led choir sang two songs and gifted us with framing a morning of adoration and praise. After a prayer for the meal, breakfast was served by the staff at the Orlando Marriott in Lake Mary and was delicious. Testimonies were given during the breakfast and then we heard from a very humble and godly man (and funny!), Robert Guy. Mr. Guy’s commitment to hearing God’s calling on his life and bringing it out in others was inspirational.
The most profound time of corporate prayer that I ever experienced was led by Jane McCann, a teacher, who gave us the opportunity to pray about schools, community, nation and to give adoration, confession and thanksgiving in a private, yet corporate manner. What would a prayer breakfast be without prayer? The whole event was an offering to the God we all love and to give Him praise of helping us in our high callings. Kudos to the CIPE planning team for bringing so many heartfelt Christians who long to know how to be legal and graceful in the public schools.
The CIPE Team began with a calling on Nan and Gracia to begin prayer groups and has grown to reach out to all interested educators in Seminole County. It is our goal to have a teacher prayer group in every school in Florida and the US. You see, as Jane said, our prayer groups are really PLCs – Prayerfully Loving Communities. If each school had a prayer group PLC, the petitions for that schools needs would be lifted up regularly. Prayer is the most powerful tool a teacher has. To know more about CIPE, please visit their website: Christians in Public Education. To learn more about CEAI – Christian Educators Association, International, visit www.ceai.org.
We encourage you to be in prayer for your students, colleagues, administration, parents and school community as much as possible. They need you.
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