The Value of Encouragement

The Value of Encouragement - October 2018

 Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, "Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Please, let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement. I Kings 22:13

Several years ago, a member of Congress referred to me as "the great encourager." That is probably the greatest compliment I could have received! He didn't say I was a great singer. He said I was an encourager.

As my colleague, Dan Cummins, and I walk the halls of Capitol Hill, we've had members of Congress say that they feel better just seeing us. Even if we don't have a chance to speak with them, they know that we are there to encourage and support. We know the Capitol Police and others who work on Capitol Hill feel the same way.

Just today, I received an email from a supporter of Amerson Music Ministries wondering if he might write notes to members of the Capitol Police that I could hand to officers. And in the past, I've had churches write brief, positive notes of encouragement to members of the House and Senate that I have hand delivered. One would be amazed at how much notes of encouragement are appreciated. Ninety-nine percent of the calls, emails, letters and faxes that congressional offices receive are negative.

When I am in churches, I will often ask congregations if they know who their representative is. Most of the time, people don't know. How can one pray effectively for the men and women who represent us if we don't know their name?

 I'm inviting you to join me in becoming an encourager to those who work on Capitol Hill.

If you would like to send brief, encouraging, unsealed notes to your senator or representative, or a generic note to a Capitol Police officer or staff person, contact our office at 818.368.0749 or and we will let you know what to do.

Join me in being an encourager on Capitol Hill.