National Prayer Breakfast seeks to inspire, share

| March 11, 2016 | 1 Comment
The Halau Team from the New Hope Church perform a hula during the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's National Prayer Breakfast held March 9 at the Nehelani.

The Halau Team from the New Hope Church perform a hula during the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s National Prayer Breakfast held March 9 at the Nehelani.

 

Story and photos by Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers started their day with a taste of nourishing food and inspirational words communing at the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii National Prayer Breakfast, here, at the Nehelani, Wednesday.

The theme of the breakfast was “Leadership for Tomorrow,” with speeches from Army leaders and civilian performances.

The event has its roots in 1953, when The Fellowship Foundation invited members of the U.S. Congress to eat and pray together. Every U.S. president since Pres. Dwight Eisenhower has participated in the annual event in the District of Columbia.

The garrison command hosted the breakfast in appreciation of the Army religious staff and to celebrate their importance, said Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army, Hawaii.

Jon Burgess, pastor of New Hope Church, addresses diners at the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's National Prayer Breakfast held March 9 at the Nehelani.

Jon Burgess, pastor of New Hope Church, addresses diners at the USAG-HI National Prayer Breakfast.

“There is a reason why a chaplain and religious team are budgeted people and equipment on the battalion level,” he said. “This goes all the way back to George Washington, the father of the nation and father of the Army, who decided chaplains were needed at a unit level.”

During the breakfast, the brass section of the 25th Infantry Band and the Robbie Phillips Band played for guests. Several dancers from the New Hope Church Halau Team performed a hula before Pastor Jon Burgess of New Hope Oahu spoke.

He said, although he was a guest speaker at the breakfast, he admires and is still learning from the service members in the audience.

“Thank you God, for this amazing group of men and women in our country,” he said. “You know the price of freedom and now a new level of freedom to walk in as never before.”

Burgess shared funny stories about his faith with the audience while using modern technology to illustrate his point. He showed slides with Bible verses and humorous pictures and encouraged the audience to use #ServetheKingin2016 in social media.

Jon Burgess, pastor of New Hope Church, speaks to the audience about finding faith when lost at the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's National Prayer Breakfast held March 9 at the Nehelani.

In his speech, Burgess addressed how submitting to leadership can bring about more faith. He ended his talk by sharing how he found himself in that situation when a stranger needed help while he was working on a short deadline. He encouraged the audience to think about leadership and submitting to a higher power whenever needed.

“I thought about how close I was to blowing God off and (almost) missed the greatest privilege anyone is ever given: leading someone from death to life,” he explained.

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  1. Robbie says:

    were there any pictures of the Robbie Phillips Band from this event? Could you please send them to me?

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