Government & Politics

Annual Prayer Breakfast March 21

3Submitted By City of Milford

The Milford Senior Center will be hosting the 31st Annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30am in the Crystal Room. A traditional for over 30 years, this year’s ceremony will honor Milford’s Mayor Bryan W Shupe. A native of Milford, DE, Shupe was voted by the people to represent them as their Mayor on Saturday, April 26 and was sworn into office on Monday May 5, 2014. He is currently serving his first two-year term as Mayor of Milford.

The Prayer Breakfast Movement began in 1934 by a Norwegian immigrant by the name of AbrahamVereide, in the city of Seattle as he became burdened in is heart for the leadership of the city and its people. This burden he described was a result of a dwindling “church influence and a leadership by people fit to lead” and Vereide desired to bring the city together under God.

According to Vereide, who was a Methodist minister, God spoke to him one morning about a simple plan that was based on the scripture John 21: 9-13 which describes Jesus’ breakfast on the shores of the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. The vision continued from 1935 with the first prayer breakfast he shared with 19 men until his death at the age of 82 in 1969. After his life, the prayer breakfast movement continued to spread and is now celebrated around the world on every continent, with the aspiration to encompass government, business, education and all citizenry with the desire to deepen the moral fiber of the people through the leadership of God. The Milford Mayoral’s Prayer Breakfast is an extension of this worldwide movement.

At this year’s event, guest speaker Debra Puglisi Sharp will share the her inspiring message of her personal transition from victim to survivor. Debra, a Register Nurse, is an inspirational speaker and the author of Shattered – Reclaiming A Life Torn Apart By Violence. She has appeared on national talk shows including Oprah, 20l20,Montel, the John Walsh Show, A&E Biography and the Bonnie Hunt Show. Those attending will also be inspired with the musical talents and spirituality of Elder Isaiah Kilgo-Felder of Inner Circle Outreach Ministries and Pastor Joel Andrus of Lighthouse Christian Center

The Milford Senior Center is planning a spiritually uplifting program on Saturday, March 21. Monies raised at the breakfast will benefit the Milford Senior Center, which is a multi-purpose senior center that has offered services and activities to enhance the dignity, independence and promote the community involvement of its members for over 40 years.

The ticket costs for individuals is $15 and can be purchased by mail or in person at the Milford Senior Center, located at 111 Park Avenue in downtown Milford. For more information, individuals are encouraged to contact Heather at 302-422-3385 or email at

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