Adventists inspired and uplifted by prayer breakfast

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SPD attendees (from left): Losalini Fox, Miriam Hubber, Henriette Heunis, Pam Townend and Jane Gibson-Opetaia.

Seventh-day Adventists were among the 1300 attendees at the ninth annual Sydney Prayer Breakfast on June 5.

Held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, the breakfast is an opportunity for people of faith to come together to pray for God’s blessing on Sydney. Around 50 Adventists attended the breakfast, including 32 from Greater Sydney Conference, and representatives from the South Pacific Division (SPD), ADRA, Avondale College, local church pastors and members.

Guest speaker, World Vision CEO Claire Rogers, shared an inspiring testimony and Australian entertainer Silvie Paladino uplifted the audience through song.

Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro was among five guests who offered prayers for Sydney, specifically for the poor and marginalised; those working in the media and arts; for civic and church leaders; young people, students and teachers; and for the business community. The attendees then had an opportunity to pray with those at their tables.

World Vision CEO was guest speaker at the event.

First-time attendee Pam Townend, who works in the SPD’s health department, said she thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast.

“It’s really empowering to think that there are 1300 people here all with a prayer focus,” she said. “It’s not a focus on Christianity, it’s not a focus on anything else where we have a touch of prayer, it’s all about prayer and I just found that inspiring, really empowering. I just feel so blessed this morning.”

It’s the second year Greater Sydney Conference (GSC) has attended the event, “and each time it’s been fantastic to pray with Christians for our city and its salvation”, president Pastor Terry Johnson said.

“We had two tables in 2018 and three this year. Next year we will have seven tables (a record for the organisers) and we aim to have 10 per cent of attendees be Seventh-day Adventist! Our high school captains will be invited to attend as well,” Pastor Johnson said.

From left: Laurel Raethel and Pastors Terry Johnson, Richie Reid and Marcus Pereira.