December 18, 2009
This has been a full and exciting first year of ministry for me in the State Capitol!
I have been in pastoral ministry for over 25 years, but this ministry is different in that it gives me the opportunity to interact with an incredibly diverse group of people. In a typical day at the Capitol, I lead an in-depth Bible study for legislators and another for staff members, lobbyists, and state workers. I then walk the halls and visit each office where I might engage in meaningful conversations about Jesus Christ with a conservative Senator, a liberal Assembly member, a Buddhist legislative assistant, an agnostic chief of staff, and a “gay” lobbyist. Then, on the way to my car, I sometimes stop to speak and pray with one of the many homeless people on the streets. I usually return home very excited about all the Lord did … and also tired!
This year has gone well, but it has had its challenges. The transition from ... to Capitol Commission was emotionally taxing and time consuming. This change was obviously God-directed, however, and is working out well. (By the way, if you are still receiving emails from ..., note that I no longer have any connection with them and you may unsubscribe from them if you wish.) Another major challenge has been regarding funding for this ministry. I am extremely thankful for you who have stood with me this year and so appreciate your ongoing support. If you are not yet regularly partnering with us financially, would you please pray about doing so or sending a special end-of-year contribution now? Every dollar given enables this work to continue.
I look forward to 2010 with eager anticipation. God has enabled me to establish friendships with many elected officials, pastors, and other leaders who value this ministry, and I hope these new relationships will help to move the ministry forward in a great way. I also believe I may be seeing early signs of Him using me to help bring unity among all believing legislators in the Capitol, something that has been sorely lacking for many years and could have a powerful effect for good in our state. Thank you for your prayers for these things.
On a personal note, my family (wife Valerie and children Hannah (14) and Lucas (12)) and I are doing well. I am incredibly thankful for them. We know we have much to be grateful for.
May you have a joyful Christmas season as you reflect on the amazing incarnation of Christ. Please stay in touch. I love getting emails, calls, letters, and visitors!
California State Director
P.S. If you do not receive my occasional U.S. Mail letters, please let me know your mailing address and I would be happy to add you to my mailing list.
"I will also speak of your testimonies before kings, and shall not be ashamed."
A sunny day in Sacramento
Valerie and I in the Capitol
Speaking to a prayer group in a Capitol hearing room
Guest speaking at a church in Diamond Bar
Addressing a group of visiting university students
With a homeless man across the street from the Capitol
The Capitol Commission State Directors in November at the North Carolina Capitol
Praying for a legislator