Community Prayer Breakfast

The community came together on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, for New Day Inc.'s annual prayer breakfast at the Holiday Inn-Downtown to ask for God's blessings.

Through prayer, the community came together to find its resolve.

The 25th annual Community Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by New Day Inc., was held Wednesday at the Holiday Inn-Downtown, and welcomed more than 200 people who offered prayers for Johnstown and the surrounding areas.

The Rev. Jack Rupert, executive director of New Day Inc., said the idea behind the breakfast is to lift up the community and pray for God's blessings on Johnstown.

"This is an opportunity for the community to pray for the city and the leaders of the city and the county," he said.

"We have problems in the community, but we're here together seeking the Lord to help us."

The event featured Scripture readings; special music by Kelly Devett, an admissions counselor at Pitt-Johnstown and a member of Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship; and prayer leaders.

The guest speaker was Ronna Yablonski, executive director of the Cambria County Drug Coalition.

She previously served as the prevention education coordinator at Twin Lakes Center for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.

Yablonski spoke about how God has played a role in her life and how she relies on her faith to guide and direct her work.

"I'm just a girl who tries to be the best version of herself every day, so I start my day with a little devotional and prayer," she said. "I find comfort in God's will and his direction."

She said her personal and professional journeys are examples of God's amazing grace, and it's filled with ups and downs and happiness and sorrow.

"This is a part of God's plan," Yablonski said. "Philippians 4:13 says, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,' and knowing that God never asks us to do anything without giving us the ability to do it."

She said that through her work, she has seen the face of addiction but also the face of recovery and it's work worth doing.

"Two years ago, I accepted the role in my current position and I couldn't be more honored," Yablonski said. " I do this, even though some people told me I was crazy directly to my face, because it was and still is a part of God's plan for my life."

Rupert added that the event is a chance for those in attendance to have a positive feeling about Johnstown.

"It's a unifying time and we are taking our concerns to the Lord," he said. "People want to come together and they care about the area. We're happy to be a part of it."

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.

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