April 29, 2011
William Donald Shaefer is a name many Marylanders would know well. A former mayor of Baltimore, Shaefer also served as governor of Maryland from 1987 – 1995. He died last week at the age of 89 and the state media swelled with memories from his storied political career. From all accounts, he was quite a character!
Anytime a governmental leader passes away it serves as a reminder to all of us that no matter how long a life, no matter how illustrious a career, no matter how powerful a person may become, all will eventually stand before God. At that point, what will count? Good policies brought about by good intentions? Massive initiatives that bettered the lives of millions of people? Funerals may recount these accomplishments, but when a leader stands before God the only question will be, “Did you believe and receive Jesus?”
Thank you for praying for our ministry to political leaders. The 2011 General Assembly has ended, but our outreach to them has not. Please continue to pray for open doors to meet with legislators and staff individually through the interim.
Also pray for speaking opportunities in churches. One of the most important aspects of this ministry is to share with God’s people and point us all to the biblical teaching regarding how we should view government. If you know of a pastor or church in Maryland who may have interest in this work, please let me know!
Your involvement in our ministry keeps it going, so thank you for your encouragement, prayers and giving!
State Director, Maryland