June 23, 2014
Capitol Commission PA: 6/23/2014 Update
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 - But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
Yesterday I read a news report that the Senate Majority Leader said that the budget will not be signed by the June 30th deadline. This will be my first year ministering at the Capitol in which the session might continue on into July. One of the key components in deepening my relationship with the legislators has been the commitment to share with them in the challenges that the session schedule has upon their lives. It is a privilege to serve them in this manner and to minister to their spiritual needs by simply being available. Please pray that God will use this circumstance to open doors for ministry, move hearts to seek Jesus, and grant me boldness in the weeks ahead.
Please pray that some additional families will be able to house me a couple days a week while I am in the Harrisburg area. If the session goes late into the summer and extends into a seven day a week schedule, I do not want to overburden the family who generously meets this need currently.
I have begun posting the week’s prayer requests from our Bible study group on the website. To utilize these requests in your prayer time click on the following link. (http://www.capitolcom.org/pennsylvania/prayer)
I recently had a conversation with a pastor who has been working on a video tour of the Governor’s Reception Room. The paintings which surround this room trace out the history of religious liberty upon which Pennsylvania was founded. He has agreed to help me give two tours of the Capitol which will take place in the coming months. We will probably make a trial run with those from his local area in August. The second tour should be held in September and will be open to the public. We hope to make people aware of the rich heritage of religious liberty that was foundational to Pennsylvania’s establishment, and also help expose others to the work of Capitol Commission. When more information becomes available I will pass it along. If interested in joining us in September please contact me.
I wanted to thank the two households that generously provided vehicles for our family when our two cars were out of commission for several months. The Ross and Anderson households met this need with grace and a heart to serve. This allowed the Whitebread family to function normally while not missing a step in ministering at the Capitol.
Now to boast in my weaknesses. We lost use of our vehicles because in December I was late on the car insurance payment, at which point the insurance company cancel our policy. I paid this bill four days later; however this trigger a notification to PA-DOT. I receive a noticed in the mail informing me that if I drove these vehicles during this period of time I would need to turn in my tags for three months. We had driven both vehicles during this time, and after much consternation we decided to return our tags to the state. Both have been restored as of June 6th. We have learned much, seen our faith grow, and witnessed God’s provision in our weakness .
Before this saga comes to a close one more situation arose. As I started driving the car I use for the ministry I noticed the gear shifter was not finding “Drive,” then the car started to overheat immediately. I took it into the shop and was told that it would cost $2400 to repair these problems and various critical safety issues. Initially I had them make repairs that totaled $1500 with the remaining due before the inspection expires at the end of July. These unexpected expenses have left our finances in critical need of extra funds to meet the next several months shortfall. We ask you to prayerfully consider if you could help us during this time of need.
In terms of our finances, the real issue at hand is our current level of funding. As they say at the Capitol, we are working under a “structural deficit” in our budget. We need an additional $2500/month in order to meet our monthly household budget and ministry expenses. If you would be interested in help meet this monthly shortfall you can give online by clicking the following link (www.capitolcom.org.pennsylvania/donate). I would be happy to provide further details to those who are interested.
Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and involvement in this work.
God Bless You, Jeff