MOUNT VERNON — Stories of faith and determination were the inspiration shared Saturday morning in the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at The Station Break Senior Center.
Members of the Knox County Career Center JROTC opened the breakfast by presenting the colors and leading the Pledge of Allegiance before a special ceremony honored all POW/MIAs.
Mayor Richard Mavis gave his welcome to all attending the breakfast, explaining how this event began after he and Dr. Paul Dove had attended a Resurrection Breakfast in Mansfield which gave them the inspiration for the local breakfast.
A special testimony was shared by Jason Foster, women’s basketball coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
“We live every day at a crossroads. We make decisions that affect outcomes, and we wrestle with those decisions on a daily basis,” said Foster, who struggled with days of uncertainty when his school in Santa Cruz, Calif., was being shut down. He quoted Psalm 29:11 as his inspiration — “The Lord gives strength to his people, and the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
Striving to provide for his family while seeking God’s will for his life, Foster took a true step of faith in accepting a last-minute invitation from MVNU in August 2011. “It was a product of God’s peace,” said Foster. “I felt God was telling me ‘You will not be destroyed ... you will be free.’”
Arriving at Mount Vernon in the 11th hour, Foster and his family faced much uncertainty ahead. “God’s peace was there. We knew we were in the right place. We have felt blessed,” he said of his days ever since.
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