Our ministry sprouted eight years ago with a dedication to reach Political, Business and Spiritual Leaders for Christ, one leader at a time. This ministry is like a tiny, tiny, tiny mustard seed that gets planted in the ground. No one says, “Amen” to a mustard seed. Nobody says, “Yeah, slow organic growth.” So many want a Kingdom style to be swift, forced, visible and powerful, but Jesus says go with the mustard seed approach, emphasizing steady, stealthy, healthy planting, watering and cultivating. In time, the Kingdom bursts forth fruit with 30, 60, or 100-fold.
Almost every day I am experiencing a thriving community of Jesus followers and leaders from all stripes and traditions who humbly are honoring God, loving neighbors, serving cities and towns together not as one church, but as “the” church without a whole lot of notoriety, rancor, blaming, shaming and polarization. We are learning to build up, not simply to tear down. Redemptive possibilities are everywhere and mustard seed miracles are breaking forth.
I marvel at redemptive friendships with Legislators, Judges, State and Local Government leaders, Lobbyists, staffers, journalists, political operatives and staff.
Bible studies are every day of the week except for Saturday … some weekly, some monthly. I spoke over 240 times to groups this year. What joy!
Writing projects have increased. One post recently went viral and has been shared 34,000 times in two months, meaning several million people have seen it. It’s a 4-minute read on the gospel and life of Jesus. Only God.
Doors have opened locally, statewide and nationally. These are redemptive windows. I’m believing that our best days are ahead. It is thrilling to see my dream of walls breaking down between Political, Business and Faith Leaders. Where trust filled relationships develop … anything is possible. I tell leaders all the time that things can happen in Jesus that can never happen through pure politics.
It is easy to see the world as an unmitigated disaster. Yet some are seeing the world as a glorious opportunity to serve people, so they might know about the marvelous yet scandalous grace of God that is available to all. Some are worried about the future of Christianity. I am not. Yes, many are turning away from idolatrous forms of cultural and political Christianity. People are tired of man-made religion and yet many in this Post-Christian culture are being drawn to the ravishing person of Jesus and His movement that is not based on politics, fear and rage. I look forward to 2019!!
Please Pray For …
- Our family. Being “Poppy” and “GiGi” is simply the best!
- Revitalization and renewal in the United States of America. There was a first great awakening. Why can’t there be another one? Jesus is God and with Him all things are possible. I want to be part of the next move of God.
- New Partners in the work of Capitol Commission Louisiana. No emotional appeals or fundraising tactics. If you are looking for a Kingdom place to invest, if our work registers with you in deep ways, c’mon and jump in with support, service or prayer.
- Open doors to speak on the topic, Is There Hope For America?, The History of Christianity in America or Jesus: Who Is He? Maybe you, your church or group will be one of the answers to this prayer!
I have not mentioned finances since last December. The core of the ministry has been supported by people making monthly commitments to GRACE ADVENTURES, and this has been supplemented by one-time gifts. I am grateful. As a faith-based ministry, I am responsible to raise all of my support.
Donna and I would not be able to strategically focus this way without friends who partner with us in prayer, encouragement and support. It is a great honor to share this ministry with you. We are most grateful. YOU play a huge role in every business person who finds faith … every lonely leader who is encouraged … every person who is reminded not to quit … every seed sown … every political leader who discovers Jesus is worth following … every revitalized soul who discovers their purpose. Thank you, friends. What greater thing could we do than partner with Jesus in His mission to rescue the hearts of those He loves.
Speaking Opportunities in 2018
House of Representatives Bible Study
Capitol Lobbyist Studies
Meetings with Senators and Representatives
Bible Studies every day of the week but Saturdays
Belle Chase Rotary Club
Oil Field Fellowship
Northshore Bible Church
Covington Kiwanis Club
Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon
New Beulah Baptist Church
Christian Legal Society
Forcey Missions Conference
ALEC Conference/New Orleans
Officers Christian Fellowship Retreat
Leadership St. Tammany Events
Springfield, Missouri Banquet
Mandeville City Council
Leader Faith Forum-St. Tammany
Leader Faith Forum-Jefferson
The Cedars Gathering
Methodist Ministers District Gathering
Giving Hope Retreat Center
Capitol Commission Gathering
Covington Prayer Breakfast
National Day of Prayer at LA Capitol
Pearl River Prayer Breakfast
U.S. Senator Event
House of Representatives Prayer
Louisiana Treasurer’s Event
Leadership St. Tammany Retreat
Men’s Unity Breakfast
Lakeview Men’s Gathering
Michael and Donna
Year in Pictures