Team Kadena hosts National Prayer Luncheon

by Naoto Anazawa, 18th Wing Public Affairs
Kadena Air Base

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Nearly 300 people attended the 2015 National Prayer Luncheon hosted by Team Kadena at the Rocker NCO Club here Feb. 25.

National Prayer breakfasts and luncheons are traditionally hosted throughout the United States and overseas on U.S. military installations during the month of February.

"The purpose of the National Prayer luncheon is it gives American citizens the opportunity to exercise the first amendment right to religion and worship." said Capt. Emmanuel Okwaraocha, 18th Wing Chaplain Corps chaplain.

The event kicked off with the U.S. and Japanese National Anthems sang by the Kadena Harmony Group.

After, lunch was served and scripture was read, the guest speaker of the event, Chaplain (Col.) Dondi Costin, Pacific Air Forces command chaplain, spoke about "Thank Outside the Box".

Chaplain Costin is a pastor and a renowned public speaker.

"I was very happy that we had nearly 300 military and civilian personnel in attendance including people of different language and faith background," said Okwaraocha.

In February 1953, members of the U.S. Senate and House, prayer groups and President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast to seek divine guidance for national leadership and to reaffirm faith and dependence in God. It has become an annual event in the United States.

In 1970 the name was changed to "The National Prayer Breakfast" to more accurately reflect the purpose of the gathering rather than emphasizing the individuals involved.

Every year since, the annual breakfast has drawn together leaders of all the branches of the national government, including leaders of all the U.S. Armed Forces, with the common goal of seeking God's leadership in the affairs of our nation.

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