Faith & Action Easter Outreach 2017

“In spite of what we see in the media, Congress is made up of real people, human beings with the same spiritual needs as everyone else. For them, the Easter season is, as it is for most of the rest of us, a special time when they’re thinking of God and spiritual things in an unusual way. We want to touch them with the GOSPEL at that moment,” said Rev. Rob Schenck, President and Lead Missionary at Faith & Action.

Each Easter, our missionary team arranges the hand-delivery of a special Easter packet to every one of the 535 members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In this way, we share the Good News of Christ’s resurrection power to forgive sin with all our lawmakers–and, we give them a way to remember that message all year long! We’re thankful to have our wonderful student interns help put together a special letter and special inaugural gospel booklet to be hand-delivered to congress members. If you’re interested in receiving an inaugural gospel booklet, please contact Patty at 202-734-8732 or email [email protected]

Rev. Schenck explains, “When it comes to making deliveries to Congress, we must be very careful to adhere to the rules that control what items of value a member of Congress can ethically or legally receive. We need to be prayerfully creative because the physical presentation of the packet needs to reflect the substance of its message, but it can’t be construed as exceeding a certain very low dollar value. Congressional staff people often use that threshold as an excuse to reject the packet. We don’t ever want to give them that excuse, or give critics ammunition to attack recipients.”  

This Left Capitol Hill Speechless (Live Nativity 2016)

When two real, live camels, a donkey, and sheep make their way to the United States Supreme Court, it leaves people speechless and staring in disbelief, but . . .

When live animals are accompanied by a dozen actors in costume portraying Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus (a real, live, cooing baby), people stop in their tracks and stare—they reach for their cameras and start videoing—and they call their friends and coworkers and tell them to leave their offices and come see this thing . . .

And that’s just what happened yesterday when your Faith and Action missionary team staged our annual Live Nativity on Capitol Hill here in Washington, D.C.

You should have seen the people pouring out of their offices—including at the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court—to watch the Christmas drama unfold in front of them!

And they didn’t just see it, they heard it—the whole gospel story read aloud, summarized in the words of the angel to the shepherds, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

As beautiful as this whole Christmas pageant was this year (as it has been every year), the real attention-getter was our Little Drummer Boy, portrayed by eight-year-old Gabriel Elijah Stephen Ross. He and Baby Jesus (portrayed by three-month-old Aivleen Crowne) really “stole the show!”

Your generous donations made this year’s highly successful Live Nativity on Capitol Hill possible. You reminded our top government officials in Washington D.C. what is the real meaning of the CHRIST-mas season!

Now we need your help again to ensure that the Live Nativity on Capitol Hill will continue next year! Please make your special tax-deductible contribution now by using the DONATE button at the top of this email! (You may also call in your gift to 202-546-8329 or mail it to Faith and Action, 109 2nd St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002).

Thank you for giving our nation’s capital city the best Christmas gift of all: The true CHRIST-mas Gospel!

Your Christmas missionary to Washington, D.C.,

Rob Schenck

 

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Join Me and Dietrich Bonhoeffer this Christmas!

You’re invited to join me on a personal spiritual journey with one of the great Christian heroes of recent times, the young German Lutheran pastor, and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You may know the story about how Pastor Bonhoeffer spoke out against Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. He paid for his bravery with his life. But dying for the testimony of Christ was not Bonhoeffer’s only act of Christian witness. He was a powerful preacher, a brilliant biblical scholar, and a moral philosopher. 

You can benefit from this extraordinary minister’s insights by reading with me a series of Christmas devotionals during the season of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day. Reading Bonhoeffer this year couldn’t be more timely. We’re facing challenges today similar to those that Bonhoeffer and his contemporaries faced—and we can all use the wisdom of his great legacy. I hope you, your family, friends, and fellow church members will join me in this Christmas devotional journey. Here’s how you can do it:

First, go to smile.amazon.com, pick P&R Schenck Associates in Evangelism Inc, as your designated charity, and buy a copy—or copies—of God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Then, beginning Sunday, November 27, check in each day at our website, www.faithandaction.org, and listen to my “Christmas with Bonhoeffer” podcast, as I read through each day’s devotional selection. 

It was 42 years ago that I first read Dietrich Bonhoeffer—and I’ve been reading him ever since. I even did some of my doctoral work regarding Bonhoeffer on church and state. You’re sure to love Bonhoeffer’s work, too.

Please join me this Christmas season as we spend prayerful time with one of the great Christian figures of our era! Go to smile.amazon.com today, pick as your designated charity “P&R Schenck Associates in Evangelism Inc,” place in the search field “God is in the Manger” and buy your copy today, so you have it in time for Christmas—and invite others to join you! Tell your family, friends, fellow church members, Sunday school classmates, and home Bible study participants that you plan to join Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Christmas! (God is in the Manger would make an excellent early Christmas gift!)

We’ll get started on Sunday, November 27—the first day of Advent—and read together daily until Christmas Eve. I look forward to sharing this deep, spiritual experience with you, as we learn from one of God’s great servants, Dietrich Bonhoeffer!

Yours in Christ the Lord,

Rev. Rob Schenck

40 Days of Prayer – Day 40

Day 40 of our 40 Days of Prayer vigil leading up to Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.

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Our faith is firmly planted in Jesus Christ. We understand that the Lord hears our prayers and that His will is always accomplished. No matter the outcome of this year’s election, we need to understand that God is in control of all that is happening in the world. We need to continue to pray– without ceasing – for the new president and their administration; for the leaders of our nation, including the Supreme Court Justices; for the moral fabric of our nation and that the church can be a bright light in our dark culture; and for the global unrest we see all around us.

But we also ask that you pray for your missionary team, Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital, that we may bring the truth, hope, and peace of the Gospel to this new administration and to Congress, the Supreme Court, and our nation’s military. We covet your prayers and are ready to minister to all the new faces that are now in Washington, D.C.

We pray that you are encouraged and strengthened by the Lord Jesus Christ as together we reach our communities, our nation, and our world for Christ.

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“Come Pray with Me” Prayer Vigil

Last night, Christians from across the U.S. gathered at the Upper Senate Park united in prayer for the upcoming presidential election. Thank you to those who joined our “Come Pray with Me” prayer vigil devoted to seeking God’s will for Election Day.

Just as God was continually teaching His chosen people of Israel to trust Him with every aspect of their lives, so we too as believers in Christ must trust Him with the results of this election.

Soon, we will witness the outcome of the election – and we will begin our preparation for outreach to the new administration that will descend on Washington, D.C. in January 2017.

 

You are a Part of Our Family Circle!

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).

Yesterday we had a glorious time in Lancaster, PA with our supporters and friends of Faith and Action at the Good N’ Plenty Restaurant. We prayed; we ate; we shared all that the Lord is doing in Washington, D.C.; we talked about the upcoming election; and we ate some more! Our Family Circle Banquet (Lunch and Dinner) is one of my favorite activities of the year – I always come away from it feeling encouraged and blessed.

The only thing missing were friends like you! As a part of our Faith and Action family it would be so good to see you, to hear from you, and to encourage you by sharing the many ways that the Lord has used you to witness for Him in Washington, D.C. It’s no small task reaching out to our nation’s leaders with the Gospel, and your prayers and support really do make a difference in people’s lives.

Amish country is beautiful – and the people are genuine and faithful. And, if you have never been to Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster you are missing out on one of the most thrilling Broadway-style Christian productions that have ever been done. In fact, the creators of Sight & Sound Theater are long-time supporters of Faith and Action, and they would very much love for you to see one of their shows. I understand that the play “Jonah” will be on stage next year at Sight & Sound Theater, so now is a good time to start planning your trip to join us at our Family Circle Lunch and Dinner!

As we come into a very busy part of our year in Washington, D.C., we ask that you help us with our fall programs. Our greatest needs are always 1) Prayer; 2) Manpower; and 3) Financial undergirding. Adding in this year’s presidential election makes for a very busy time of outreach in our Nation’s Capital.    

Would you consider a generous tax-deductible donation to Faith and Action? I can assure you that giving to this ministry will bear fruit for the Kingdom of God and give you a far better rate of return compared to your tax dollars!

Will you help us today? Click here to DONATE ONLINE.

Your missionary to Capitol Hill,

Rev. Rob Schenck

P.S. DON’T FORGET to keep praying through the prayer booklet in our 40 Days of Prayer Program, which goes to Election Day, November 8th!

It’s Day 13 . . . Are you Praying?

Today is the thirteenth day, of our 40 Days of Prayer, in which we pour our hearts out to God – on behalf of our nation, the election, and the church. Is there no greater time than now to humble ourselves before the Lord in prayer?

Whether it’s the reality of the headlines, the moral condition of our nation, the vitriol of the presidential campaigns, the name-calling and arguments among friends regarding the impending election, or, sadly enough, the in-fighting and angry dialogue among fellow believers, we are in need of the grace, mercy, and salvation that only God provides through Jesus Christ.

Before we get discouraged with all that is going on around us, let us not forget to whom we belong and who is the one that can make things right in our world. Our salvation – our hope for our country, for our communities, and for our own lives — does not come by way of a presidential candidate, but by way of Jesus Christ. Though we have a responsibility to vote – and vote we shall on November 8th – our highest calling is to be representatives of our Lord in a nation (and world) that so desperately needs the love of God.

So, on this 13th day of prayer, let’s go before the Lord in unity – agreeing that we need His will to be done in our hearts and in our world.

If you do not have our prayer booklet to pray along with us during these 40 days, click here to order.

No matter the outcome of November 8th, there will be a continuing need for the Gospel to be preached and shared in Washington, D.C. That’s why I am here in our Nation’s Capital, and that’s why Faith and Action has been ministering the hope of Christ to our national leaders for 22 years. Your generous gift—along with your prayers—will help us to remain faithful in the ministry of “changing hearts” here in Washington, D.C.

Will you help us today? Click here to DONATE ONLINE.

Your always grateful—and prayerful—missionary to Capitol Hill,

Rev. Rob Schenck

P.S. DON’T FORGET to join us at the Good n’ Plenty Restaurant in Lancaster, PA on October 17th as we come together as a family of believers for fellowship and important updates from Washington, D.C. CLICK HERE to make your reservation!

It begins today . . .

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Our “40 Days of Prayer” leading up to Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, begins today.

You can follow along in our 40 Days of Prayer Booklet. If you don’t have a copy, you can download the ebook or request to receive a physical copy of the prayer booklet. If you would like a physical copy of the prayer booklet, we are happy to send that out but we do ask that you consider a gift of $40 or more to support the outreach and programs of Faith and Action and to help defray the cost of printing and mailing this important non-partisan collection of prayers for a nation in decision.

Download the 40 Days of Prayer Booklet TODAY. You may agree with me in these prayers drafted by members of our team, pastors from around the country, and other Christian leaders. You’ll find them uplifting and faith building.

Is there anything better we can do for our nation than pray? Please join me and our Faith and Action team in praying that God’s will be done in this election, not our own.

One thing I’m praying for this week is a miracle gift to help us close this month in the black. We still need $45,000—by tomorrow midnight! Will you pray with me and give generously? PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

Praying always with you and for you,

Rev. Rob Schenck

President and Lead Missionary

Prelaunch Gathering for our 40 Days of Prayer Program

In anticipation of our 40 Days of Prayer leading up to Election Day, our Faith & Action team gathered in the U.S. Capitol prayer chapel today to intercede for our nation. I began by reciting the traditional Jewish mourner’s prayer, the kaddish, for the late Shimon Peres of Israel. Then we engaged in intercession for our country and its future leadership, both in the presidency and in the Congress. Rev. Pat Mahoney and I also prayed over the doorway through which the President Elect will pass on Inauguration Day to swear the oath of office and address the nation.

Click below to get your 40 Days of Prayer booklet which will assist you in your daily prayer time with the Lord! Written by pastors, Christian leaders, and special friends of Faith & Action, this booklet will help us come together as the Body of Christ and beseech the Lord together on behalf of our nation. Please share this prayer booklet with family, friends, and church members.

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Seeking the Lord’s Will and Not Our Own

“In this manner, therefore, pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’” (Matthew 6:9-10).

There is no greater responsibility of our citizenry than to cast our ballot. This year is the presidential election, the most important vote Americans will cast.

On September 29th, we will begin our 40 Days of Prayer Program praying for the upcoming election, seeking the Lord’s guidance, intervention, and will for our nation.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, the Lord started the prayer with the recognition of who God is – He’s our Father, a majestic and sovereign God who not only rules the affairs of men and nations but also tenderly cares for His children.

As we get close to the beginning of our 40 Days of Prayer, I want us to prepare our hearts and recognize that we are seeking the Lord’s will and not our own.

George Mueller, who was known for his life of prayer and his close walk with God, said that all that was accomplished in ministry and in personal character was borne out of complete dependence on God’s will. When it came to prayer and seeking God’s will, he said, “I seek to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in a given matter. When we are ready to do the Lord’s will – whatever it may be – nine tenths of the difficulties are overcome.”

Our question in this tumultuous election year must be, “What is THY will Lord?”

We all know that our problems are greater than our manmade answers. The most important thing we can do is to seek the Lord with all of our heart and humble ourselves before Him through prayer. Pat Johnson once said, “When man works, man works. When man prays, God works.”

It’s time that we seek God’s working in our nation instead of relying on our own answers. It’s time to seek the Lord together; asking for His wisdom, His guidance, His peace, and His will to be done on November 8th.

Faith and Action has produced a small booklet of 40 Days of Prayers to help guide you in your time of going before the Lord. It’s available electronically, but if you desire a physical copy we are happy to ship it out quickly. Your gift of $40 to support the outreach and programs of Faith and Action will also help defray the cost of printing and mailing this important non-partisan collection of prayers for a nation in decision. 

Our work on Capitol Hill is fueled by prayer and your support of this ministry. It is an honor to link hands with you and pray for our nation together this year, believing that God’s will be done in our hearts and in our country.

Thank you for your kind and generous heart toward God’s work here at Faith and Action!

Your always grateful—and prayerful—missionary to Capitol Hill,

Rev. Rob Schenck

President and Lead Missionary

P.S. Don’t forget to order your prayer book! And, if you are able, please do consider giving a generous gift to Faith and Action. God provides for our needs and our work through you, to which we are so grateful. You are the reason that we are even able to be here on Capitol Hill and we are ever mindful of how much you do to sustain your ministry team’s work in Washington, D.C.

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