Montgomery County Prayer Breakfast – May 4, 2017

The Christian community met in unity to on May 4, 2017, joined together to pray for the flourishing to Montgomery County.  As Christ’s ambassadors in Montgomery County, we ask for the power of God’s Spirit bring the peace of Christ’s Kingdom into our homes, workplaces, and communities. Over 100 attendees gathered to pray at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, in Rockville Civic Center Park.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truthFor there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
(1 Timothy 2:1-6)

Specific prayers were requested for:

  • Unity in the body of Christ
  • Prayer for our Families, Parents, Teachers and Students
  • Prayer for our Government Leaders and Public Servants; First responders and Veterans
  • Prayer for our Workers & Business leaders
  • Prayer for our Poor, Vulnerable and Oppressed

Keynote:  KELLY WRIGHT, Fox News Channel

Kelly Wright has a message to change a nation, one heart at a time. He understands that true healing begins with faith, genuine transformation starts in the home, and our greatest hope will always be firmly rooted in our Lord.

Kelly Wright currently serves a co-anchor on America’s News Headquarters on Saturdays from 4-5 p.m. ET as well as an overnight breaking news anchor based in New York. Wright previously served as a co-host on Fox & Friends Weekend. Wright was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College for his “Beyond the Dream” series. In April 2007, Wright secured Kelly Wright Portraitan exclusive sit-down with first lady Laura Bush where she responded to the Virginia Tech massacres, Katrina recovery and the president’s final term. Earlier in 2005, he reported from Tampa, Florida, on the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case.

In 2004, Wright spent nearly three months reporting on the developments in Iraq. He was among the first reporters to cover the Abu Ghraib Prison scandal and the subsequent court martial cases held in Baghdad. Wright also spent time embedded with U.S. and British troops, reporting on the military’s humanitarian efforts in Baghdad, Basrah and Mosul and provided coverage on U.S. forces training Iraqi security forces. Additionally, he reported on the historic U.S. handover of sovereignty to Iraq.

Before joining FNC, Wright served as co-anchor of News at Ten at WVBT-TV (FOX) in Norfolk, Va. During his tenure there, he covered a wide range of stories, including a historical event in Benin, West Africa, where African presidents Mathieu Kerekou of Benin, Jerrauld Rawlins of Ghana, and representatives from the United States, England, France and Dominican Republic apologized for their role in slavery.

Wright also served as a general assignment reporter for WWOR-TV (MyNetworkTV) in New York. He reported on numerous high profile newsmakers and events for the station, including John Gotti, Amy Fisher, the Howard Beach and Bensonhurst murder trials and the 1989 Central Park jogger rape case. He began his journalism career in 1977 while serving in the United States Army and has received numerous awards for his reporting, including two local Emmy Awards for his developing, reporting and co-producing a documentary and news series on the transatlantic slave trade.

Beyond his anchoring and reporting, Kelly is an ordained minister and Gospel Recording Artist. He encourages people through his passionate preaching good news in a bad news world. As a singer, he’s performed on programs featuring Shirley Caesar, Cissy Houston Jonathan Butler, the late James Brown, and more. He sings songs that motivate, inspire, and promote hope at a time filled with hopelessness.

In his book, America’s Hope, Kelly candidly discusses politics, racism, and the role of faith in a world that’s increasingly more cynical.  Kelly Wright shares his life story: how he was born out of wedlock, almost aborted, but now can declare how the Lord has blessed and turned around his life.

Montgomery County Prayer Breakfast Sponsors:


CBMC Presents: Bart Hungerford – Jesus at work in the Nineveh Plain

Often when we hear about Iraq in the news is because something bad happened, and there is no doubt there has been a lot of tragedy and pain suffered by the people in Iraq. This week we have an opportunity to hear how Christians are responding to the pain of the Iraqi people by providing medical help and God’s love through Samaritan’s Purse.

Please join us this Tuesday, April 4, to hear our own Bart Hungerford describe his experiences seeing Christ at work saving lives in Iraq on the current-day Plains of Nineveh.  Bart was part of the team that established an Emergency Field Hospital within the War Zone in Northern Iraq, near Mosal as shown in this video:

Samaritan’s purse built this emergency field hospital to treat those injured in the conflict between Iraqi and coalition forces and ISIS militants in Mosul. The hospital provided trauma care to victims, including many women and children wounded by gunfire, mortar rounds, car bombings, and improvised explosives. Equipped with two operating rooms, more than 50 beds, and dozens of Samaritan’s Purse staff, the hospital is the closest trauma unit to the front lines of fierce fighting in Mosul.

Bart HungerfordBart Hungerford is the President and Managing Director of NobleOutReach LLC (NOR) an international equity capital firm which has pooled private equity venture capital, managed the private equity venture capital pool, and invested in over 60 different companies. NOR is primarily involved in financial services, international business, and the purchase, development, construction, ownership, and management of real estate.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 4, from 6:45-8:00 AM in the Community Room at the Einstein Bagel on Firstfield Road & Quince Orchard Blvd in Gaithersburg. Our group time starts at 7:00 AM sharp.

CBMC Presents: Uesin Kim, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

CBMC has a vision to connect men in the marketplace with the next generation of leaders in order to carry out our mission of developing effective Ambassadors in the Marketplace to saturate the local marketplace with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  One of our strategies  is to develop relationships with campus ministry leaders so that the students under their care may be exposed to a ministry that will enable them to continue to equip and support students as they transition from college to the marketplace.

Please come and invite a friend to join us this Tuesday, January 17, to hear Uesin Kim, John Hopkins InterVarsity Christian Fellowship share how CBMC is helping reach and disciple university students make the transition to a career:

InterVaristy Chrsitian Fellowiship logoUesin Kim of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, at John Hopkins University, will share the vision and mission that God gave him to minister to the undergraduate students at JHU.  He is particularly called to reach the men on campus and has some ideas for us at CBMC to reach the Millennials. He is currently raising support so that he will be able to be on campus full time.

We’ll also be joined by Chuck Whitmore, Area Director for CBMC Maryland.  Chuck will share CBMC’s experience working with campus ministries.  Hear more from CBMC Maryland on their vision for bringing Christ to men in the marketplace here:

Uesin Kim photoUesin Kim is the Campus Staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University and the Associate Pastor at Gallery Church SoWeBo (a multiethnic church in inner city southwest Baltimore). He is passionate about cross cultural relationships/ministry, racial reconciliation, and developing the next generation of Christians to build God’s kingdom here on earth. He lives in southwest Baltimore city with his beautiful wife Sara.

Hopkins Christian Fellowship (HCF) strives to be an inter-denominational, multi-ethnic community of students learning together what it means to follow Jesus at Hopkins and receive his abundant life.

HCF is a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, whose vision is…

  • To see students and faculty transformed,
  • campuses renewed,
  • and world changers developed.

Montgomery County Prayer Breakfast held May 5, 2016

“Seeking the peace and prosperity of the city.”

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:4-7).

Hugh WelchelA Montgomery County Prayer Breakfast was held in Rockville Maryland on the National Day of Prayer, May 5, 2016. Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics ( Hugh Whelchel provided the keynote address. Hugh is the author of How Then Should We Work?: Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work. Hugh has a Master of Arts in Religion and brings over 30 years of diverse business experience to his leadership at IFWE.

The key phrase in this short passage from the book of Jeremiah provided the theme for our event — to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city.” The word used for peace is the Hebrew word shalom, which has a far more comprehensive meaning than the English word peace. In his book, “Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be”, Cornelius Plantinga explains shalom as:
…the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight…Shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight—a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.

As follower’s of Jesus, we are called to pray for the shalom of Rockville and Montgomery County and to help ‘reweave’ shalom into our homes, workplaces, and communities by being Christ’s ambassadors. In order to accomplish this, we must understand the creator’s original objective in creation, which was to bring glory to himself. One of the ways we do this is by joining in the work of restoring God’s creation, because by doing so we bring him glory.

Agenda and participants in the Montgomery County Prayers:

Welcome and Introduction – Kelly Leonard, Nehemiah Project
  – Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Opening Prayer:
– Rev. Ben Wickner, Cross Community Church
Prayer for our arts, education and media leaders:
  – Nate Timm, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Prayer for our government leaders and public servants, first responders and veterans:
  – Catherine Matthews, Montgomery County Government
– Luther Reynolds, Montgomery County Police Department
Prayer for our families, church & business leaders
  – Carlos Duran, Hombres de Palabra
Keynote Address: “Seeking the peace and prosperity of the city.”
Hugh Whelchel, IFWE
Closing Prayer:
Rev. Tim Warner, Montgomery County Public Schools
Closing Remarks & Next Steps:
Kelly Leonard

The Prayer Breakfast was held in the Social Hall at the Rockville Civic Center Park, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, in the heart of Rockville, Maryland.

Breakfast Sponsors:

• Career Confidence (
• Christian Business Men’s Connection ( &
• Cross Community Church of Rockville (
• Dawn Crafton Dance Connection (
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes (
• Incenta (
• Institute for Faith Work & Economics (
• Pinnacle Forum (
• Nehemiah Project International Ministries (
• Santo Outreach Ministry (
• Special Olympics Montgomery County (


Mark Whitacre Speaking at Derwood Bible Church

When: Sunday, March 6 – 10:00 AM Service
Where: Derwood Bible Church, 16011 Chieftain Ave, Derwood, MD 20855

MarkWhitacreCBMC National Spokesman Mark Whitacre
will be speaking at Derwood Bible Church on Sunday March 6, for their main service beginning at 10am.  I would encourage you to bring your family and/or friends to hear his inspiring story of how God used a faithful man to change his life.

Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. and is the highest-ranked executive of a Fortune 500 company to ever become a whistleblower in US history. But much more importantly, a businessman (Ian Howes) from CBMC reached out to Mark almost 2 decades ago in 1997 during a very dark period in Mark’s life, when Mark was about to enter federal prison as part of the historic ADM case. Ian discipled Mark through Operation Timothy (OT), and planted a seed in Mark’s heart that changed Mark’s life forever. A story of hope, redemption, and 2nd chances. Mark is Marketplace Ambassador for CBMC and feels strongly that there is nothing more important than being a witness for Jesus, and the need to build spiritual reproducers as Jesus has commanded of all of us. Please see a video that highlights Mark’s story below.

Mark will share his story of God’s grace and challenge hearers to follow God calls us to be Marketplace Ambassadors for Christ.  Being a disciple of Christ means believing and acting on what the Bible says about God, work, and life, and then sharing that truth with others in a life-on-life relationship. Jesus calls all Christians to do this in Matthew 28:18-20.  At CBMC we strive to encourage individuals to get connected with Christ, to stay connected with other men in order to help them grow in their faith, and connect to the cause of the gospel. Being strong in faith empowers men to share with others the good news of Jesus Christ in the marketplace and to live godly lives. By fulfilling God’s purpose in their lives, men become a light to those around them by operating at a higher level of moral character and integrity and thus change the world around them.

No man can do all of this alone, so join the men of Derwood and CBMC to make a difference to the men in your sphere of influence.  CBMC developed Operation Timothy, a unique program of Bible study designed primarily for one-on-one discipleship, in 1970. Since then It has become a vital tool for helping men along the path to spiritual maturity and equipping them to share their faith and to disciple others. In 2015, CBMC launched the Marketplace Ambassador Advancement System designed to equip and empower men to become effective ambassadors for Christ in the marketplace (a.k.a. Marketplace Ambassadors).  This free online resource was developed because technology is changing the way men work and learn and today’s expectation is that relevant content will be delivered digitally on all platforms.

Please come to a CBMC reception with Mark Whitacre after the service at Derwood Bible Church.  The reception will be held in the sanctuary room in the old church building.

“A Story of Redemption” Mark Whitacre, the rest of the story

“A Story of Redemption” Mark Whitacre, the rest of the story from CBMC on Vimeo.

Your Church is Only As Good As Its Disciples (Jon Tyson)

Your church is only as good as it’s disciples. If that is true, then what is the most effective method for discipleship in the world right now and what can we learn from it? Jon Tyson explains in this short video.

Disciple-making is not just a curriculum or program that teaches information, but it is receiving intimate counsel from someone who is mature in Christ. Making requires “life on life” relationships that help provide support, encouragement and accountability. Churches that thrive in making disciples have a culture that encourages individual members to be involved in life on life relationships.

CBMC MA LogoThe Christian Business Men’s Connection ( has tools and training to help with this. For an overview, see CBMC’s “Marketplace Ambassador Initiative” at: This initiative focuses on encouraging men to commit to becoming disciple-makers in their workplace or sphere of influence.

CBMC’s Operation Timothy provides a framework for life-on-life discipleship. Operation Timothy and is based on the Apostle Paul’s relationship with Timothy (1 & 2 Timothy). It’s highly relational and involves tremendous personal growth for you (Timothy) and your instructor (Paul). Recently, CBMC has launched an electronic version “eOT” that is available free at along with other tools.

CBMC Marketplace Ambassador Launch Gathering – October 2

CBMC Maryland will be holding a Marketplace Ambassador launch on Friday October 2 with testimony by Mark Whitacre and a dinner that evening. There is no charge for event, but registration is required.


  • bring together ALL followers of Christ in our business community,
  • stand and pray together for spiritual transformation,
  • encourage each other to live as effective Marketplace Ambassadors for Christ.

What you’ll gain:  At this event you’ll meet and be encouraged by other Christian men whom want to be effective Marketplace Ambassadors for Christ.  You’ll also receive information on CBMC’s Marketplace Ambassador Advancement System. This free resource is designed to equip and empower individuals and teams to become effective ambassadors for Christ in the marketplace (a.k.a. Marketplace Ambassadors). The Marketplace Ambassador Advancement System will provide media rich interactive resources that equip individuals to live out the attributes of effective ambassadors for Christ in the marketplace. Current components that are now available free with sign-up include:

  • Operation Timothy – eOT is a 21stcentury digital discipleship resource designed for one-on-one or small groups. This extraordinary tool for discipling new or growing believers was first introduced in 1970 and is designed to fulfill the mandate to “make disciples” in The Great Commission.
  • LivingProof – LivingProof 2014 is a reality-based video series demonstrating how to share the gospel while living a natural, winsome and Bible-centered lifestyle.
  • The Attributes – By purposefully resolving to live out the 10 Attributes of an Ambassador, we can become the Marketplace Ambassadors that God calls us to be.
  • CBMC TV – Video from national conferences that provide training, inspiration and encouragement.

MarkWhitacreAbout our Speaker
: Mark Whitacre an Ivy League Ph.D. and the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history. He was responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the early 1990’s.  His undercover work with the FBI during the ADM scandal was the inspiration for the major motion picture, “The Informant,” starring Matt Damon.  Mark Whitacre is now a Marketplace Ambassador for CBMC, an organization that has impacted his life greatly the past two decades.

For more background on the Marketplace Ambassador movement, please see these two video featuring Mark Whitacre:

CBMC Presents: Nate Timm Montgomery County FCA

FCA LogoThe Fellowship of Christian Athletes‘ vision is to impact the world for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. The Montgomery County area currently has 3 staff with a presence at 25 local schools, a growing ministry to area coaches, and sports camps to help local athletes grow in their faith and sport.

Please come and invite a friend to join us this Tuesday, August 18, to hear Nate Timm, FCA Area Director for Montgomery County describe how God is using FCA’s ministry to make disciples in our public schools for Jesus Christ through the influence of student athletes and coaches.

  • When:  Tuesday, August 18, 6:45-8:00 AM.  Our group time starts at 7:00 AM sharp, but we request that you arrive by 6:45 AM to allow time to get your bagel & coffee and spend some time to catching up with each other.
  • Where:  The Community Room at the Einstein Bagel on Firstfield Road & Quince Orchard Blvd in Gaithersburg MD.

Montgomery County FCA Area Director, Nathan Timm, started running cross country and track during his time at Marion High School in Marion, Illinois.

Nate Timm FCAHe went on to run cross country and track at Florida State University. Nathan came to know Christ through FCA during his freshman year. After graduating from Florida State in 2004, Timm started teaching English and coaching at Magruder High School. During his nine year tenure at Magruder, the Colonels set over 90 school records in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. Several of his athletes went on to compete at the collegiate level. In the fall of 2013, he started teaching and coaching at Parkland Magnet Middle School where he was an English teacher, cross country coach, and one of the FCA Huddle Coaches. In May of 2014, he came on staff as a part-time Area Representative for FCA Endurance.

After eleven years of teaching and coaching in the spring of 2015, Nathan felt a strong call to come on staff full-time. He now serves as the area director for the Montgomery County Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


FCA has changed Nathan’s life in many ways, but most importantly helped him grown in his relationship with Christ. He has a passion to share the love of Christ with the coaches and athletes of Montgomery County through the ministry of FCA.

Nathan and his wife Lisa reside in Montgomery Village with their two sons; Brady and Josiah.

CBMC Presents: Tony Ghareeb of Christ for the Crescent World Ministry

The world of Islam today is in turmoil, the daily news reports much violence, and rage against humanity. What is the Christian response to such atrocity?  The Bible tells us that our battle is not with flesh and blood but with the spirit of Antichrist. The solution for the world of Islam is the gospel of Jesus Christ, therefore we must work diligently to take the gospel truth in love to our Muslim neighbor.

Please come and invite a friend to join us this Tuesday to hear Tony Ghareeb, Founder and Executive Director of Christ for the Crescent World Ministry, describe what God is doing in the Arab and Muslim world and how ordinary Christians can participate locally through friendship evangelism.

  • When:  Tuesday, March 17, 6:45-8:00 AM.  Our group time starts at 7:00 AM sharp, but we request that you arrive by 6:45 AM to allow time to get your bagel & coffee and spend some time to catching up with each other.
  • Where:  The Community Room at the Einstein Bagel on Firstfield Road & Quince Orchard Blvd in Gaithersburg MD.

Christ for the Crescent World is a ministry committed to reach the Arab and Muslim world. They work to encourage and equip the saints, churches and ministries to communicate the Gospel effectively to Muslims. They also help educate Christians to understand the Islamic faith from a Biblical point of view and relate the Gospel to Muslims against the background of their own beliefs.

Guest Speaker: Tony Ghareeb is Founder and Executive Director of Christ for the Crescent World Ministry. He spent a good portion of his life in the Middle East and understands the culture and the world of Islam. He conducts seminars to raise the awareness of Islam and the need to reach them with the gospel. He is a church planter and a pastor of an Arabic church. He leads teams to Islamic gathering and festivals, universities campuses, and overseas ministry.


Additional Resource:  For those who want to learn more about the Muslim worldview on Christianity, I recommend reading the new book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, by former devout Muslim Dr. Nabeel Qureshi.  He is now an apologist working for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.  I love the fact that he was reached through friendship with a Christian student in College who took the time to study the bible together with him. The book is currently on sale at Christian Book Distributors for only $5.00.

Qureshi’s love for Islam defined and directed his life until a close college friend defended the Christian message with compelling evidence and disrupted everything he knew about religion, faith and meaning. Shaken by the potential that Christianity might be true, he turned to God for direct guidance and was given a vision and three dreams that led him to Jesus. Qureshi began his study of the gospel in order to challenge it, but he found Christ as a result.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus presents a gripping and deeply personal account of this spiritual trajectory and details the challenges and opportunities Qureshi’s conversion has presented. “I knew that accepting Jesus would be like dying and I would have to give up everything, because for Muslims, following the gospel is more than a call to prayer. It is a call to die,” he explains. “I gave my life to Jesus, and to this day my family is broken by the decision I made. It is excruciating every time I see the cost I had to pay.”

Throughout his story, Qureshi provides a compassionate yet powerful apologetic for Christianity, with an emphasis on building relationships and demonstrating love. His testimony has already had a tremendous impact on those he has encountered, and Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus has garnered several prominent endorsements from influential scholars and authors including Josh McDowell, Fouad Masri, Gary Habermas, and Lee Strobel. “I’m thrilled that readers will now be able to meet Nabeel in the pages of this book as he describes how his sincere desire for truth took him on a circuitous – and even supernatural – quest for answers,” said Strobel, best-selling author of The Case for Christ, who has written the forward for Qureshi’s book. “This is a very personal story of family, friends, and faith, intertwined with insights into Islam that will help you understand the Muslim world in new ways. It’s a saga that needs to be read by all people who value truth and ache to know God personally.”

Additional video background:

Transforming the Broken Through Business

Can God use entrepreneurship and business to lift people out of poverty and addiction? Two successful young film-industry professionals think He can. They started the Neighborhood Film Company, creating a model of family relationships between professionals and apprentices. NFCo pours time and money into the development and support of their employees in the context of real work. Read their story and be inspired.