Ministry on Capitol Hill

… for our Police
“Several months ago, a man was shot by Capitol Police after pointing a gun at officers at the Capitol Visitor Center. At the time of the shooting, I was a few blocks from the Capitol, but when I heard the news, I entered the building as soon as it re-opened to the public. I was very concerned about my friends.

You see, every Wednesday morning, I pray and study God’s Word with a number of Capitol Police officers and Senate staffers. The people who work on Capitol Hill are not just headlines to me; they are friends and brothers in Christ.” Doug Weber, Navigator Representative

In the hours after the shooting, Doug Weber talked to a number of Capitol Police (none of whom were directly involved in the shooting):

“It could have been a whole lot worse. Thanks for coming by, Doug. We are going to need a lot of prayer for peace in the days to come.” Edward*, Capitol Police

“I’m thinking about my wife and her emotions when she hears this news. This is the second shooting incident we’ve had at the Capitol in two years. It really makes you think about life in deep ways.” John*, Capitol Police

“I don’t know exactly what happened, Doug, but I do know that if anything nasty ever happens to me, I’m covered by Jesus, and I’m headed to heaven.” James*, Capitol Police

… for Hope to Increase
Soon after terrorist activity in Europe increased the alert levels in the Capitol, Doug met with his friends from the Capitol police force to pray. They looked to Jesus for guidance in the face of challenges. They also read John the Baptist’s words about Jesus in John 3:30: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” This time together served to refocus them on Christ, even in the midst of threats and uncertainties. They sought His perspective, protection, patience, and hope to guide them.

One of the officers shared the impact of God’s Word on his daily work, “I was able to memorize John 3:30 yesterday and pondered it a lot in my travels at work. It helped me focus on God’s presence in my car, the U.S. Capitol Police office, the hallways at work, and also when I got home! ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’ has so much meaning for so few words. It’s truly remarkable!”

… for Nav Alumni
There are a number of Navigator alumni who work on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, and throughout the government. These men and women seek to live out their faith in their everyday responsibilities and to interact with their coworkers in conversations about faith. Past Washington, D.C. Summer Training Programs equipped more than 80 participants, some of whom returned after graduation to work in the Capitol. The heart of these young men and women is the same as Navigators in workplaces throughout the country. In Washington D.C., Nav Alumni have a unique opportunity to influence national and international affairs.

Pray for those who are working to make a difference for our country on Capitol Hill.
Pray that they would have the courage to stand up for what is right, for protection, favor, and influence.

“I urge … that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority.” I Timothy 2:1,2

* Names changed

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