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Hundreds attend Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast

The 2024 Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast was held May 2, in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, with hundreds in attendance.


A longstanding Branson tradition, the Prayer Breakfast is a gathering of community leaders, church leaders, businessmen and women, and residents, all coming together to pray for our city, our country and one another.  


The 21st annual event was held at the Branson Convention Center.  


Keynote speaker for the Prayer Breakfast was Darryl Burton. Burton was wrongfully convicted of a murder in 1984 and sentenced to prison. After serving more than 24 years behind bars, he was proven innocent and exonerated in 2008.


Darryl, who left prison with little hope and few resources except the power of prayer, grew to become a pastor at the largest United Methodist Church in the United States, and founded the Miracle of Innocence organization. Darryl continues to give back, helping those still behind bars by raising funds and awareness, and bringing about hope, change and forgiveness.  


Said Branson headline entertainer Doug Gabriel in a Facebook post, "What a tremendous Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast this morning. I always tear up at this event as I'm so proud of my father Don Gabriel for starting this event years ago. Just a few years ago, they added my mother's name to the Don and Dorothy Gabriel Kingdom Builders recognition award."


Recipient of this year's Kingdom Builder award was Bill Jones.


Gabriel continued, "I am so blessed by God to have had Don and Dorothy Gabriel as my parents in this life. I love and miss them so much, but look forward to seeing them again in heaven. There's no doubt that Dad and Mom were looking down on this event today with big smiles on their faces."


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