Peters: Upcoming Christian Men's Prayer Breakfast good way to support the cause

The 22nd Annual Carroll County Christian Men’s Prayer Breakfast will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

A ticket rally will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Lazarus Church in Lineboro from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This year's speaker will be Mark Stephens, former Maryland state director and current Mid-Atlantic Regional international coordinator for East Asia for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).


Stephens has a long history with the FCA, having volunteered with them since 1982 when he was studying at Salisbury University. It was there, in a FCA "Huddle," that he found God and the courage to become a leader. His professional relationship with the organization began 13 years ago, and he quickly rose through the ranks due to his dedication to serving his Christian faith through the group's mission.

Always seeking to put Christ first, Stephens also promoted his faith in more traditional outlets. He was the former associate pastor for a decade at Mount Oak Church in Bowie and then a pastor for five years at Seneca Creek Community Church in Germantown before he joined the FCA full time. Now he devotes himself to a ministry without walls.

In his current role, Stephens helps facilitate the partnership between the Mid-Atlantic region (including Carroll County) and East Asia. It is through this work that the FCA was able to join with many Christian leaders, including a recent meeting with those from 14 countries in Singapore, to spread their ministry abroad. Their other efforts include providing structure and material, including an upcoming FCA Camp Bible Handbook that will be released in Korean.

With his unique experience, Stephens plans to speak on how we can devote ourselves to serving our fellow men and to encourage others to do the same. He will also discuss his new international role with the FCA and his ministry to share the word of Christ abroad and at home. Above all, he hopes to share his passion for the Christian faith.

The Christian Men's Prayer Breakfast unites men from all Christian backgrounds in the common cause of defending our faith. By joining together, we recognize that, though we may be of different denominations and congregations, we are all followers of Christ, and we need to turn to Christ in all aspects of our lives.

Those like Mark Stephens serve as witness to the powerful role Christ plays in our lives. If you would like to hear his message, please consider getting involved.

You can join us at the upcoming ticket rally on Aug. 11 at the Lazarus Church to support the cause. You can also contact Darrell Davis, chairman of the breakfast steering committee if you have any questions or need more information, by emailing or calling 301-639-9577.