(9/27/2007) Over 250 people attended the Second Annual Irmo Community Prayer Breakfast!

When Representative Huggins and I first talked about getting an event like this started in the community, we both agreed that no matter how long we may serve – we both wanted the event to continue for many years to come.

Last year the first breakfast was at Riverland Hills Baptist and this year St. Andrews Presbyterian was the host. (Next year, it will be at Gateway Baptist). The idea is to rotate the breakfast among local churches and to continue to emphasize the power of prayer.

I could write pages about the event and the speakers but will simply say that Dr. A.V. Strong, Executive Director of A Better Way: Project Gang Out, gave a wonderful testimony and a “wake up” call to the community about gangs. Simply put, he said “it’s spiritual warfare.” He then opened a bag full of bandanas (called “colors”) of former gang members who he and his organization have personally helped find “a better way”.

A former gang member himself, Dr. Strong knows too well how this path ends for our children.

I’m not sure who first said this but I often share this comment when I speak to youth groups and their parents. “When I was younger I had a drug problem….my mom drug me to church on Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings…..”

That’s the kind of drug problem we need today.