Imagine numbers of the most powerful leaders in our state opening the Scriptures and having in-depth discussions about the Good News of Jesus Christ and how they can honor Him in their lives and work. Imagine Republicans and Democrats coming together, walls coming down and leaders getting to know each other better. Imagine the beginnings of a Bible study for Lobbyists. Yes Lobbyists! Imagine one-on-one visits with leaders to pray, build relationships, encourage, and allow God to show up. Imagine the privilege of helping to lead prayer in both the Senate and House Chambers, asking God to heal our land and bless our leaders. Imagine getting to speak at a legislative retreat to discuss how to live out faith in government and modern day life. All these things and more really happened over the past few months. ONLY GOD! Only God could cause these doors to open. Prayers have been answered. Souls encouraged. Jesus lifted up.
“Abraham Lincoln famously said, “My concern is not whether
God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.”
|Praying in the House Chamber
Rep. Schroder on right,
Speaker of the House in background
My time at the 2013 Legislative Session at the Capitol in Baton Rouge has been completed. For the entire session, I spent three full days a week in Baton Rouge, and have made many new friendships. The ministry is to reach and encourage the Capitol Communities for Christ in a non-partisan and non-political fashion. The love of God, prayer and the Gospel of Jesus is offered to Legislators, government leaders, lobbyists, staffers, political operatives, journalists and security staff.
|Trinity Bible Church
The approach of Grace Adventures is different than two of the predominant methods used today in the political arena. One is the ATTACK method. The second is the TOTAL SEPARATION method. Our method is to ENGAGE. We engage those who serve in the political sphere with the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16) and encouragement for the soul (Psalm 23:1-3, Matthew 11:28-29). We are committed to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and the Capitol Commission (Acts 9:15). It is God who transforms…one person at a time. Our prayer is for revitalization, renewal and goodness for our nation and state. ONLY GOD!
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile
…for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jer. 29:7)
East Coast Speaking:
The Legislative Session was immediately followed by open doors to teach and preach in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. I spoke eight times over seven days to military families at Officers Christian Fellowship Retreat Center in White Sulphur Springs, Pennsylvania. I heard many needs of our military families and delighted in sharing life with the men and women who make our freedom possible. These officers and their families are heroes and national treasures. It was an honor for Donna and me to encourage them with Scripture and one-on-one.
|Officers Christian Fellowship
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
–attributed to Edmund Burke
These eight speaking opportunities were followed immediately with four more speaking engagements over two days at Forcey Bible Church in Silver Spring, Maryland and at a mini-missions conference at Trinity Bible Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Our trip wrapped up in the D.C. area with several very encouraging appointments with Bobby Little of the Christian Embassy and the folks at Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship.
|Forcey Bible Church
1. Pray for a great work of God in our nation. If you need a tool to guide you … go to www.pray1tim2.org.
2. Pray for a transition in the ministry with a new person handling the bookkeeping and donation work of Grace Adventures. This will free Donna up a bit. She has done all of this for the last two and a half years.
3. Pray Donna and I pause appropriately to hear the fresh voice of God and listen to His Word. We want to serve after drinking from a running stream and not from a stagnant pond.
4. Pray for Jonathan and Patricia. Patricia is finishing a summer internship. They just moved into their first house in Dallas.
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.”