February 12, 2013
I want to thank you for all your support. The opportunities provided to me to minister to political communities is only because God is truly gracious, and because He cares about reaching all men, kings, and all who are in authority, for Christ, (1 Timothy 2:1-4), and because He has provided people like you who also care about carrying out the Great Commission, and have been gracious with your interest and support.
We thank God and you for providing more funding in 2012 than any previous year. Through the generosity of many friends, God has made it possible to spend more time ministering at the capitol in 2012 compared to 2011, and Lord willing more in 2013 than in 2012!
The 2013 legislative session: Ministry wise this session has been joyful and fruitful in many ways, and God has provided more ministry opportunities to serve our legislators in 2013 compared with the last long-legislative session in 2011. Yet for some of our legislators there have been great challenges, some have faced serious health challenges either to themselves, or for their family, and also for Christian legislators seeking to pass laws, which reflect a well-informed biblical worldview. Some who consider this a crossing of some kind of line have launched negative campaigns in some cases not only against a bill, which is legitimate but sometimes against the legislator. When a negative campaign is brought up against a legislator and deception, slander, and frankly, lies are involved it cause concern, but in some cases legislators have even had death threats against them and their families. I mention this because it is one more reason we need to daily be in prayer for our legislators, especially during legislative sessions.
Also during this session, I have invited pastors to the Capitol to see some of the ministry taking place and to consider what role they might have in ministering to their elected officials, both at the Capitol and at home. Others also see the benefit and are inviting pastors at least once a month during session. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings at the Capitol or learning more about how your church can be involved locally, let me know. I am working with one church in the area of outreach, and will have more availability after the legislative session for this aspect of the ministry.
Bible studies: while we have been off to a slow start, God has brought new people each week, and I have received some excellent feedback. Please pray That God would use these studies to help people grow in their relationship with God and be encouraged in all of life, and during their time of leadership and service.
Finances: January and February are usually are lowest giving months, and frankly the time when we could use the most support, as the legislative session keep me very busy. My fiscal desire for this year is to increase funding enough to drop 1 – 2 nights of evening work, so that I can bring more energy to the ministry at the Capitol during the legislative session and even afterward as I help churches reach out locally to serve their elected and appointed public servants. We could use your help with one-time gifts to carry us better through the legislative session. My desire is that God would provide around $2,100 in funding for the session. One of the great benefits is that it would allow me the time to write/edit/post some of this sessions Bible studies. It is one thing to prepare to lead a lesson, another to spend the time drafting quality notes to send to all our legislators. Because the session is over so quickly, I want to spend as much face-time as possible with our legislators during the session, which would mean writing and editing at night. Also, as I have more evenings available, I can do more dinners with legislators and sometimes with their family and my family.
We still have need for monthly support, i.e. to drop 1-2 evenings a week of supplemental work. To drop one evening a week of supplemental work would require raising $350 in new monthly support, and for two evenings, $700 in new monthly support. An increase in monthly support would be our first preference, for budgeting purposes. However, one-time gifts can really make a big difference right now, during the legislative session. $2,100 in one-time gifts will allow me to drop two evenings a week from work, and put more energy into this ministry. Either way, if would like to help us make an eternal difference in our political communities, by providing a tax-deductible gift Click Here.
Thank you for praying for us, and for the political communities we serve, and for considering how God can use YOU to reach our political communities for Christ. May God's peace be
State Director, Arkansas