Sellout Prayer Breakfast: Speak a bright future into existence


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Carol Wheatley is commended by Congressman Bill Posey for pulling together a sixth consecutive sellout crowd at the annual Space Coast Prayer Breakfast.

VIERA VOICE Linda Wiggins

As far back as the beginning of recorded human history, one thing has hindered humanity’s youth and future, according to Viera resident Laura Wallace.

The CPA, entrepreneur, spiritual leader and keynote speaker of the Sixth Annual Space Coast Prayer Breakfast on May 3 told a sellout crowd that bashing the next generation has to stop.

“If the next generation is the future for Brevard, for Florida, for the country,” Wallace said, “let’s empower them. They are our future leaders. Let’s encourage them, help their parents, get elbow-to-elbow alongside them to help their children flourish.”

The responding applause indicated the time has come. The Space Coast Prayer Breakfast began in Viera, at the bidding of Congressman Bill Posey, whose Brevard headquarters are in the Government Center in Viera. He sought out a volunteer who could bring leaders from faith communities, government, business, K-12, and higher public and private, religious and secular education and beyond to pray together on the National Day of Prayer, held the first Thursday in May.

Enter Carol Wheatley of Melbourne, who launched the event at the Melbourne Holiday Inn-Viera Conference Center in 2013. Running the concept up the flag pole, no one was sure if anyone would salute. But salute they did. Sponsors, participants and attendees overflowed the popular Viera/Suntree convention space.

“It turns out this was a universally embraced need. The only problem we have is finding a place that is centrally located and big enough to hold everyone who wants to attend,” Wheatley said.

Posey, who attends each year and is the honorary chairman, said it is not his event but a community event. He commented after the event that Wheatley does an excellent job at bringing the community together behind the concept of praying for our leaders.

“We bring together each segment of the community, and each have their own set of needs and considerations, whether it is education, law enforcement, so on. But we all are united in our desire to bring God’s hedge of protection over us, along with the healing and prosperity that comes with it. In fact, our 2018 theme is Unity,” Wallace said.

Wallace added we are all imbued with God’s power, in particular, speaking something into existence, just as God said, ‘Let there be light, and there was light.’

“Making change is first voice-activated. The bashing of our leaders, of our next generation. If we do this, we are going to get what we speak. Let’s not complain about it being dark. Let’s declare the Light! The bad stuff that’s happening elsewhere is anxious to get here too. We need to activate with our voices what we want to see happen in Brevard.”

For more information or to sponsor or assist with next year’s event, go to SpaceCoastPrayerBreakfast. org.