MOUNT VERNON — The messages of determination and faithful obedience will be heard at the 16th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast this Saturday at The Station Break.
“The purpose of the breakfast is to recognize, honor and pray for the elected and appointed officials who serve us,” said Paul Dove, co-organizer of the event for the past 16 years. “It’s based on scripture, where the apostle Paul commands us to pray for those in authority. This is what inspired me to do this.”
Numerous area businesses provide their support annually for the prayer breakfast.
Guest speaker will be Brandon Moore, 34, a detective with the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office. Moore went through a series of 15 surgeries after being shot in the leg with an assault rifle in October 2010.
Moore lived in the hospital for two months following the shooting — one month at Grant Medical Center and another month at Morrow County Hospital. Three days per week of physical therapy followed for 17 months. Having lost 25 pounds while in the hospital, Moore gained back the weight he had lost with the upper- and lower-body workouts. “I finally got my leg back to where I felt like I could get back to work,” said Moore.
He then returned to work at the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office in March. “But a few of the calls I went on began to show me that the strength in my knee and ankle just weren’t where they need to be for me to do this job reliably,” said Moore after following a canine officer through a woods or tracking people up and down ravines proved to be too physically demanding. This prompted Moore to look at the option of disability retirement. A visit to the doctor was scheduled this week to discuss this option which may be a three- to four-month process.
“Emotionally, it’s been kind of frustrating. I’m 10 years invested into a career in law enforcement, only to now have to completely put it behind me,” said Moore. However, having attended college at Moody Bible Institute for three years and leaving to get married, Moore began to ask himself, “Was I supposed to go into the ministry? Was I pursuing something I wanted to do rather than what the Lord wanted me to do?”
After the shooting, while in the hospital, Moore realized he needed to get out and talk to people about what it’s like to go through something like that. He has since given nearly 50 speeches from Washington, D.C., to California and began to do some preaching as well. “It’s sort of brought things full circle,” he said. “Wherever I end up from here, I’ll just try to keep an open mind and an open heart.”
Those attending the breakfast Saturday will be able to hear Moore’s recollection of the shooting and the experience he has endured following the incident. “No matter what you’re going through, God’s going to be there for you,” he said.
Deputy Rob Ray of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office will also be a featured speaker Saturday.
The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at The Station Break, formerly the Dan Emmett Conference Center, at 160 Howard St. Tickets are available at the Gospel Supply Shop on South Main Street or by calling 393-3683. Some tickets will be available at the door.
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