February 4, 2011
Ministry at the California State Capitol is off to a good start this year!
VISITS: I continue to make appointments with new and long-time legislators every week, meeting with them in their offices to get to know them and I trust to be of some help. Already this year, a number of them have opened up about intensely personal struggles, and I have prayed with them and provided guidance from God's word. Please be praying for your state leaders ... and for me as I go to them.
BIBLE STUDIES: Our weekly Legislators' Bible Study and Staff & Lobbyists Bible Study are each well under way. I am teaching chapter-by-chapter through the Gospel of Matthew. We have enjoyed a good turnout, especially at the Legislators' Study where we're seeing a mix of Senators and Assembly Members, Democrats and Republicans, men and women, long-term and new, and even some spouses, in attendance each week. I spoke briefly with Governor Jerry Brown again the other night and invited him to visit, as I know some legislators have done, and hope you will join me in praying that he will find the time to do so. Click here to view Bible Study handouts.
SENATE INVITATION: Two Senators - one a Republican and one a Democrat - made a one-minute announcement on the Senate floor last week to invite their fellow-members to the Bible Study. One of them offered a practical reason to attend that I think you might appreciate. Click here to view the video online.The part mentioned begins at 13:00, and you can click to jump ahead to it.)
GUEST SPEAKING: I am looking forward to guest-speaking in at least two or three churches this month, sharing about what the Lord is doing in the Capitol and instructing congregations in how to pray for and minister to their political leaders. Just let me know if your church would like to schedule something for this year.
REQUESTS: Please continue to pray. Really. I am continually mindful that I need wisdom, energy, strength, passion, boldness, and courage to do this work. Please pray especially that legislators will want to meet with me and to attend the Bible Studies.
Many thanks to those of you who gave a special gift in December. We were only about $3,000 short of our year-end request. As this ministry grows, expenses are increasing also, so we continue to walk by faith each month and pray for more partners. We are trusting the Lord to meet every need for the work He wants done (Philippians 4:19).
Your Missionary to the State Capitol,
P.S. I had the privilege of attending Governor Brown's Inauguration events and snapped the photos below. Please be praying for him - it's can't always be easy to make decisions that affect over 38 million people! Click here to see a YouTube video of the Swearing-in. (Watch for a lighthearted moment at about 1:56!)
Governor Jerry Brown Inauguration, January 2011
Inauguration After-Party - The Governor is in there somewhere!