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    August 27, 2013

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    “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." - Jesus, Matthew 5:14-16

    Jesus told us to let His light in us shine brightly instead of keeping it hidden. (See also John 8:12, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:8-9, Philippians 2:15).

    I am encouraged see that some elected officials who trust in the Lord are doing that by lovingly sharing the good news of Jesus with their colleagues or motivating them to serve the Lord. Here are some recent examples:

    • An Assembly Member suddenly ran out of our Legislators’ Bible study. We didn’t know why she left, but a minute later she returned pulling in another legislator to join us. The lawmaker she brought in had never shown any interest in attending Bible Studies, but he thanked me afterward for including him and later said he would like to visit again.
    • A Senator called me with a long list of confidential prayer requests for other members and lobbyists. He had so many people to pray for that our conversation lasted over an hour.
    • Another Assembly Member prayed in a committee room with visiting prayer intercessors and myself for an hour, often with tears as she cried out for God to use her in her work and as a witness for Him.
    • A Senator gave financially to help support this ministry so that it can continue, and he asked my permission to invite other members of the legislature from both parties to do the same. I do not solicit funds among those I serve, but it has been encouraging to see some legislators valuing this work enough to invest in it.

    These examples may not sound like a big deal, but trust me, they are. I have been praying for years that lawmakers who know Christ would be more bold about their faith and realize that they are missionaries to their colleagues. They represent their district, but even moreso they represent God.  He has brought them to their positions of leadership and to the Capitol to shine His light to other leaders who might never be reached otherwise. As they each do this, the light will spread. Some of them are seeing that now, and it is crossing party lines and every other division. Wow!

    Some other encouraging developments:

    • An Assembly Member who has hardly ever spoken to me opened up in a hallway discussion about her somewhat hidden faith in God. She stopped attending church many years ago but expressed a desire for more pastoral guidance.
    • A Senator who has been going through a difficult time met with me for the first time in his office. I shared the good news of Jesus with him, explaining his need for God and how the Lord wants to help him now and forever, and prayed for him. Our meeting was cut short since he had another appointment waiting (a frequent challenge in my ministry), but he was still obviously touched as he wiped tears from his eyes, hugged me, and thanked me for sharing with him. He later texted me and asked me to continue praying for him.

    As we shine the light in the California State Capitol, we can inspire others there to let their light shine too. Who knows how much this light might spread, who it might illuminate, or what darkness it might dispel … in Sacramento, throughout California, in Washington D.C., or even around the world? Thank you for your partnership to help bring this light to where it is so needed and can spread so far.

    Your Missionary to California's Leaders,

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    Frank Erb 

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