HSU Hosts National Day of Prayer Breakfast

May 2, 2019 Macee Hall, Staff Writer

(ABILENE, Texas)–On May 2, at 7:30 a.m., Hardin-Simmons University hosted a National Day of Prayer breakfast in the Mabee Athletic Complex. The breakfast was a collaborative effort between BCFS Health and Human Services, Hendrick Health System, and Hardin-Simmons University, who aimed to “bring our community together in a common spirit of prayer and petition,” says HSU President Eric Bruntmyer.

The event featured prayers from many prominent Abilene leaders from an array of denominations. Special guest Rev. Dr. Jimmy Hunter, the Senior Pastor at Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Waco, delivered a challenge to attendees and invited them to join him in prayer.

The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is “Love One Another,” derived from John 13:34, where Jesus says, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” The 2019 hashtag used to recognize the national event is #love1another. In 2018, there were more than 50,000 prayer observances hosted in America on the National Day of Prayer, and the Day of Prayer was the top trending topic on Twitter. Americans made nearly 100,000 social media posts on Twitter and Instagram about the 2018 Day of Prayer, according to Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer began in 1952 after Congress came to a joint resolution that was presented to and signed by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the amendment into law, after it was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate earlier that year. National Day of Prayer occurs each year on the first Thursday of May.

According to their website, “BCFS is a global network of non-profit organizations operating health and human services programs throughout the U.S., Eastern Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.” The organization works to meet the needs of at-risk populations and partner with government agencies, non-profits, and community leaders to improve health and human services around the globe.