I couldn’t help but smile at the headline . . . “The Christians are in Town.”
That headline (and many others for that matter) recounted the happenings that took place at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The guest list and speakers were a veritable “who’s who” of Christian leaders who had come into town for the annual Prayer Breakfast – an event that brings our national leaders from both sides of the aisle together to pray and focus on an Authority higher than themselves.
Of course, as believers, we know intimately who the true Authority is, and as a ministry in our nation’s capital, we always look forward to the National Prayer Breakfast where the emphasis is on God rather than on human ingenuity. The keynote speaker was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who gave a wonderful testimony of how the Lord worked in and through his traumatic experience of being shot at the baseball field while his team was practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. As difficult as his experience was, I couldn’t help but be thankful for how God used the situation to bring about the Congressional Emergency Prayer Team which Faith & Action was asked to help set up and be a prominent member.
I was blessed to run into Faith & Action friends, Steve and Jackie Green (who brought the Museum of the Bible to Washington, D.C.) at the National Prayer Breakfast as well as Franklin Graham and Mark Burnett (who has produced many wonderful Christian films) at a reception later in the day for newly appointed U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback.
Yes, “the Christians were in town” and it was wonderful to see fellow believers – friends – in our capital city. But just as they came in for the events, they also had to leave to go back to their respective states, towns, and ministries. As I thought about this fact for a moment, I smiled again, realizing that the headline from the paper is still true even after the departure of the crowd of ministry leaders. After all, our Faith & Action ministry team has been planted on Capitol Hill for more than 20 years, and together with our allied ministries, we are faithfully reaching out to our national leaders with the Gospel on a daily basis!
Yes, the Christian’s are in town – and they are here to stay.
On Behalf of the Faith & Action Ministry Team,
Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital