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June 2, 2018

Undoubtedly, you have heard in the national news, and for some, your local media outlets that the Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens’, resignation took effect, Friday, June 1, at 5 pm.
At 5:30 pm, Missouri’s 57thGovernor, Mike Parson, was sworn into office by Chief Justice, Mary Russell. He became the first lieutenant governor to take office as a result of a gubernatorial resignation since 1857.
Governor Parson pledged: “My pledge to all Missourians is to work hard each and every day to bring honor, integrity, transparency to the Governor’s office.” Governor Parson and the Missouri Legislature are committed to continuing the advancement of legislation that will make a positive difference for future generations.
Missouri has faced many challenges during its 98thGeneral Assembly. Legislative challenges, political agendas, personal relationships, Governor Greitens’ legal battles, and a resistance to the Gospel of Christ, created a shadowed climate.
As Chaplain, with Capitol Commission, to the Missouri Capitol, I commit to you to continue echoing Christ in the political arena.
  • Voice of Prayer– talk to God about government leaders before I talk to government leaders about God
  • Voice of Proclamation– preach Christ and Him crucified and resurrected, in word and deed
  • Voice of Presence– build relationships and be present to offer ministry to all in the Capitol
The advancement of legislation in the best interest of Missourians is important; the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus is most important. We envision state leaders encountering a revolution of the mind and a transformation of the heart.
There is hope for Missouri! The key is to look in the right places and to the right people. Our national leaders, state leaders, and local leaders cannot solve the challenges faced in our era. Human tendency is to look at the problems, the negative happenings, the “no good in our political system”. If we give way to that perspective, we lose sight of where our hope comes from.
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Hebrews 12:1-3
Our hope is in Jesus! The right person we look to is Jesus; the right place we look to is the Bible.
 “By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” Philippians 3:13-14
I am running toward Jesus and will do my part to bring as many political leaders with me as possible. Let’s run together. Every time you pray for me and my family; every financial gift offered, every visit to the Capitol we share, every prayer offered to the Lord on behalf of Missouri’s government leaders, you are running with me toward the goal - Jesus.
Please pray for:
  • Former Governor Greitens, and his family
  • Governor Mike Parson, and his family
  • State Officers, Legislature, and Supreme Court Judges
  • Missouri residents
  • Effective ministry to continue 
Christine, and I love you dearly. We are sincerely grateful for your love and support. It is a  privilege to serve the Lord as chaplain/missionaries to the Missouri Capitol.
Kindest Regards,
John Battaglia