Students Attend National Prayer Breakfast

Three Asbury students recently represented the state at the 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Lawson Harrell '13, Katie Wilson '13, Bonnie Lewis (University of Kentucky student) and James Banter '13 attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
Lawson Harrell '13, Katie Wilson '13, Bonnie Lewis (University of Kentucky student) and James Banter '13 attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

James Banter ’13, Katie Wilson ’13 and Lawson Harrell ’13 were selected to help usher the event at the Washington Hilton. Other Asburians at the prayer breakfast included President Sandra Gray and Alumni Director Carolyn Ridley, as well as several local alumni. The breakfast, which is actually a series of meals, small group meetings and speeches, is hosted by members of the United States Congress and typically includes remarks by the U.S. President and a keynote speaker. This year’s keynote was given by Dr. Ben Carson, Asbury’s 2011 Commencement speaker. More than 3,500 people from around the world attend the prayer breakfast each year.

Harrell also attended the National Student Leadership Forum last November, an event that is connected to the prayer breakfast, as well as a student retreat immediately following this year’s prayer breakfast. Both events, he said, are relationally oriented and emphasize reconciliation — a theme that many of the prayer breakfast attendees (who include heads of state, members of parliament, diplomats and business leaders) find applicable in their every-day lives.

“Most people think when they’re going to a leadership forum that they’ll learn about how to become a better leader per se, listening to how different speakers have done that,” Harrell said. “But throughout the weekend, you share your life story with a small group, particularly about struggles and relationships that are strained. The point is to take the principles that Christ taught us, implement those into your life, and through that you’ll become a better leader.”

For a student who hopes to study both law and business at the graduate level in the future, the leadership forum and prayer breakfast were important opportunities to meet other students, establish relationships that could potentially span the globe and work on the internal attributes that help keep life centered.

“One thing that was stressed is not to be passive in your relationships, but to be mindful of being on good terms with those in your life,” Harrell said.

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