On Thursday, October 26, 2023, from 7 to 9 a.m., Easton’s 40 Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. This year’s breakfast will feature Claudia Reyes, Occupational Therapist COTA, ACTS Bayleigh Chase, and Linda Brown, Culinary Arts Lead Teacher l, Talbot County Public Schools. Music will be provided by Katherine Tooley, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Easton.
Claudia Reyes was born in Guatemala City in Central America and immigrated to the United States at age seven. Having always walked the path of life by faith, she has trusted in God’s provision and faithfulness since personally knowing Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 15. She devoted herself to a Christian youth ministry as a teenager and attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. Married for 29 years with four children, she and her husband Eliud Reyes have had a passion for serving Hispanic youth ministries. The family moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Claudia has currently been serving as a pastor’s wife at the First Hispanic Baptist Church in Easton. Since 2003, she and her husband have continued to help youth navigate through the most challenging times of their life by presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ and helping youth grow in their walk with Christ. She currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for extended young adult ministry at the Talbot County Detention Center and is involved in many outreach/community events across Talbot County to help bring cultures together.
Claudia shares, “God has called me to service HIM to the unprivileged and poor, through local and global mission trips, including New York, Mexico, El Salvador, and Indonesia. Through this spiritual work, I am reaching out to those in desperate spiritual need and making God known as the only Savior, healer, and waymaker in transforming lives.”
Linda Saathoff Brown, a lifetime active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, serves the Lord in the church, family, and community. Faithfully attending worship, studying the Word in Sunday School, confirmation and Bible classes, singing in the church choirs, engaging in church and community service outreach missions, and building fellowship are among the ways the family helped to build and support the church over these many years. Throughout her career of 47 years of leading students on their educational journey with the Talbot County Public Schools, Linda impacts the lives of hundreds of students, living her faith in the everyday school setting. She also serves as a volunteer leader in the 4-H program and in many community and state organizations. Last fall, her active life was suddenly altered after a major life-threatening fall that left her likely paralyzed. Through the tragic injury, she received glimmers of hope, medical talent, and amazing grace, filled with the power of Prayer, the power of Faith, the love of friends, and the relentless dedication and love of her family.
She shares, “From the waters of baptism as an infant, Jesus has been walking with me and I with Him. My statement of faith is as large and old as the Apostles and Nicene Creeds and as personal as Christ Jesus died for me. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Indeed, He is the author and finisher of my saving faith, a gift given to me by the Holy Spirit who called me out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Tickets to the 2023 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast may be purchased at the Easton Town Office and the Dairy Queen beginning October 1. The cost is $20 a person and seating is limited. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. For further information, contact Kathy Ruf at 410-822-2525.