“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
– Isaiah 6:8
The 17th annual Midwest City Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast included fiery preachers and speakers who urged the crowd to serve their fellow man as King implored in many of his sermons and speeches.
Theme of the event, held today at the Sheraton Hotel-Reed Conference Center, was “Service Empowers.”
Two of the guest speakers, the Rev. Semaj Vanzant and attorney David Slane, in particular, drew applause and encouraging words from the audience as they talked about King’s legacy of servanthood.
Vanzant, senior pastor of the Christ Experience, quoted Scripture from the Book of Isaiah as he told attendees that no matter their circumstances, they could still find plenty of places to serve others in need of help around the metro area and across Oklahoma. He said they could look to King’s example if they found the work difficult, but they must not give up.
“This world does not need people who give up when times get hard. This world does not need people who will escape when things get rough,” Vanzant said.
“I’m so glad this Monday morning that Dr. King did not give up.”
Speaker David Slane, a metro area attorney, said he lived a life of relative comfort until a crisis spurred him to do some soul searching. Slane, like Vanzant, said several bleak statistics about life in Oklahoma should inspire more people to sacrifice their times and attention to help make positive changes in the state.
“Ask yourself ’am I too busy? Does it cost too much? Is your place too full? Are you afraid of criticism. Are you at home like I was — comfortable?” he said.
Meanwhile, in his welcome to prayer breakfast guests, Midwest City Mayor Jack Fry said it was good to see attendees offering to give up their chairs for others as the conference center room filled. Fry said the breakfast started in the smaller Midwest Community Center so the large crowd was a testament to the event’s growing popularity in the metro.