President to Pastors: Pray for Strength

You can criticize President Trump all you want, but in a time of crisis he has no issue going the men of God and beseeching prayer for our Nation. 

March 23, 2020

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) is used to conducting business from his office — not Sunday devotions. But over the past weekend, he decided — America could use a little more of both.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed,” the governor read from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. The prayer service, which Reeves announced on his Facebook page, was his way of connecting to an anxious community. “We all need some fellowship and God’s grace in this time,” he urged.

During his impromptu Bible study, Governor Reeves encouraged people to help their neighbors as much as they can and then led the state in prayer for Mississippi and President Trump’s leadership team “as they deal with this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic across the globe.” Before closing, he shared John 3:16 and reminded everyone, “You’ll notice it doesn’t speak to Baptists or Methodists or Pentecostals or Catholics or any other denomination,” he said. “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

In other places across the country, Sunday usual ministry was replaced by something a lot more personal. Pastor Hernan Castaño, one of the “Houston Five” and founder of Iglesias Rios De Aceite, spent seven hours praying for carloads of families in his church parking lot — one right after another. He prayed with them, laid hands on their windshields, and tried to be an encouragement.

Others, like Danville, Kentucky’s Bryan Montgomery, was one of the pastors inspired by FRC’s conference call with the president, vice president, and Secretary Ben Carson to start thinking creatively about what his congregation could do to reach out to the local community. “Our country is at its best when we are serving others,” he told a local reporter. “The church is going to have to adapt,” he agreed, but as much struggle as it may be, all of that hard work will eventually pay off. Pastors are going to thrive as they serve their cities during this crisis,” he insisted.

And it’s not just American leaders calling their nation to prayer. Leaders around the world have watched the United States’ response — and our president’s open calls for prayer — and urged their own people to turn to God. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, seeing Trump’s proclamation on March 15, followed up with one of his own a week later. “Dear fellow citizens, I invite you to make this day a fast, a day of prayer. Let us unite regardless of our creed this Saturday before Sunday, the day of God. Let us unite Guatemalans in fasting and prayer and make our requests that God bless Guatemala.”

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele admitted that not everyone in his cabinet may believe but asked the rest to bow their heads and join him in prayer. Governor of Mis, Mario Abdo Benítez of Paraguay, and former Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales made similar pleas. Costa Rico’s Alvarado pointed to the other presidents asking for God’s wisdom and insisted that his country should never be “ashamed to say our trust is in God.”

In the darkness of crisis, people are looking for the light. It’s our great privilege to be a part of a nation — and under an administration — shining it for the whole world to see.

Published by directorfsm

I retired from the Army in 1994 and lost my way in the world. I ended up in prison and it was truly the best thing that could have happened. There Christ rescued me from my depravity (John 3:19) and made me whole again. Since my release in 2006 I have worked in some form of ministry, either prison or construction/disaster relief and sometimes both. My lovely wife Naida and I serve as Missionaries from Pioneer Valley Baptist Church, Chicopee, MA. We are currently headquartered in Jackson, MS. We were sent to the mission field in 2012 to help Rebuild Lakeshore, a ministry of Lakeshore Baptist Church in Lakeshore, MS complete its post Katrina building projects. We had been serving there part time for many years before being called into full time service. While there my wife worked the Mercy House distribution center and I worked as project manager/volunteer coordinator also serving as Sr. Volunteer Chaplain at the local Hancock county jail. Since completing that project in late 2015 we relocated to Jackson MS to assist a church there that had come to help in Lakeshore many times. But due to many circumstances the focus for the ministry has changed some and expanded over the past 24 months. We still help churches in their building projects and do a lot of disaster relief work. For a full list of what we offer please see the SERVICES OFFERED page on our Faith Builders site. Back in 2006 I started Faithful Steward Ministries and FSM Women’s Outreach a Christian outreach ministry; to those with addictions, incarcerated and our veterans we continue to write and mentor these folks. Additionally I am a Chaplain for Mission M25 Network on Run For the Wall and for two military organizations. Between us my wife and I have two beautiful daughters 3 sons and 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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