Washington DC Visit-May 2023

Washington DC Visit-May 2023

TESTIMONIES FROM LAST 2 DAYS IN DC

As I share these testimonies please do not try to put names together with my words. Just be encouraged. All you ever hear about DC is negative, ugly, mean, etc. But there’s a lot of good stuff happening there too.

In addition to the prayer card here, I shared the truth of Psalm 93 over the last two days. And this is how I shared it. . . “Congressman, be encouraged that because the Bible is reliable, you can rest (vs. 5), regardless of the roaring going on around you (vs. 3-4), since God Reigns (vs. 1-2).”

You can find all my recent prayer cards here. . .  https://markmirza.com/printprayercards/

Some Brief Testimonies:

1] There is such an appreciation by those I stop and pray with, elected officials, staffers, even janitors. It is a confirmation to me, that I am called to do this.

2] The staffer who called me last month, needing to pray with someone. And then this month she shared with me her commitment and desire to please God. It was so encouraging to hear.

3] Two Congressmen’s hearts were very heavy for their pastor’s families due to a tragic death for one and a tragic physical mishap for the other. Being there for them is the essence of bearing one another’s burdens.

4] Two other Congressmen had staffers take me to them as they were in committee meetings. When we go there, they left the meeting so they could spend a couple minutes with me. One, all he had was 2 minutes, the other stayed in the hallway of the cloak room for 20 minutes or so talking. He is the one who told me about a prayer meeting they have on Monday nights, when they arrive into town. There they pray for their upcoming week. To the other Congressman I shared Psalm 93, as above. His entire countenance changed, he hugged me and said both he and his wife needed to hear this.

5] There is a janitor whom I prayed with 2 years ago. I have been looking for her and finally saw her again. When I walked up to her and said her name she looked REAL SUSPICIOUSLY at me, until she realized I was that guy from 2 years ago who prayed for her. We had a GREAT reconnection.

6] There was a staffer in the hallway who saw my NDP lanyard. I could tell he wanted to say something, so he said, almost apologetically, “I’m a believer too.” He gave me his testimony and added honestly that he was feeling low. We talked for a good 15 minutes, which is a lot of time in DC, then I prayed Romans 15:13, lifting him to the God of hope who gives peace and joy. He stood taller and said it was from God, that we met.

7] Then there was the woman I met in the hallway because she asked me for directions. Tanya sighed, but was grateful when I explained she was in the wrong building altogether. Then I explained to her what I do in DC and she said, “Well are you going to pray for me too?” It was cute, and I did.

8] Standing atop the steps at the US Capitol I was making notes from my previous appt when a Congressman came up the stairs and I introduced myself. We talked for a long enough time for him to tell me he needed prayer for his two kids, one is living a Godly life looking for a Godly husband and the other is struggling to live out his Christian walk. He was so grateful he gave me his cell phone number to stay in touch with him. Of course, I always reach out to the scheduleres for appointments.

9] Another Congressman, after getting comfortable with me asked me to pray for his two girls, one is living a Godly life, the other is not. This stop reminded me of the Congressman some time ago who asked me to pray for his children who had all called him together and said, “Dad, you’re too controversial, you can’t put our photos on your Christmas card this year.” Two were still in college and one had just graduated.

10] Many staffers were so glad for the “direction” of this ministry, namely, praying WITHOUT an agenda.

11] Another staffer is in a boot cast and praying it comes off before she and her family go on vacation in September. Imagine the weight of all the things she and other staffers are dealing with Ths prayer request should be a reminder to us that they are regular people with regular issues which need prayer. God knows her name, pray she has complete healing and a GREAT vacation, in September.

12] Then there was the staff, about 4 of them in the foyer of the office who stood spellbound (for some reason) by the idea that I’d pray for them too, so I did, in the foyer of the office of a US Representative. I have got such a cool job!

13] There are a lot of elected officials who ask prayer for spouses and extended family. Another reminder that they are regular people, with regular needs.

14] I was surprised by the staffer who, when I asked how I could pray for her, told me she is going to law school in the fall. Then she asked how she could pray for me. That doesn’t happen too often! I was so blessed to have that question asked of me.

15] Privately you can ask me about the influential staffer who knows God has called him to DC to have an influence in his “challenging” office. It will surprise you that Godly men and women are everywhere.

16] There were and are, of course, a few offices I went into where there was, “no love for the pray-er.” But those offices were far and few in between.

17] Finally, I can’t tell you how many Bibles I saw on Congressmen’s desks and staffers desks, or the number of weekly Bible studies and prayer groups that I was told meet every week.

On TV and in social media, you will only see the ugliness in DC, but there is good stuff happening there too!

What does the Lord have in store for the United States, and for Washington DC in particular? I don’t know. I’ve not seen the Lord’s playbook, so I’m not convinced things will get better in the USA, but I have no doubt, God’s reliability (vs. 5) means we can rest, no matter the raging and roaring (vs. 3-4) we see all around politics, because, the truth is, God reigns (vs. 1-2), not the men and women in DC, and not the devil, God reigns (Psalm 93).

Thank you for your prayers and your financial support.

 

Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA
Founder/Author
C: (404) 606-2322
W: MarkMirza.com

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IfMyPeopleWillPray-Oct1

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WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE. . .

If ONLY Jesus’ Name was Lifted Up

There would be No Introductions.

No one would sell anything in the halls.

What if No One Told You What to Pray

We would trust the Holy Spirit to give you the words to pray, during the worship hour.

Save the Date. . .October 1st, 5pm

1 Hour of Worship

1 Hour of Prayer

That’s it!

DAY AFTER NDP

DAY AFTER NDP

What does prayer . . . What does the Holy Spirit . . . What does scripture . . . prompt you to do NOW?

Depending on your level of participation yesterday, rest may be in the answer, it was for me!

So, what are you going to do?

Yesterday, I traveled the state from Statesboro to Conyers and I encouraged variations of the following ideas:

1. Start calling, and praying weekly with someone in your church who reminds you of you (a younger you, of course)
2. Start texting or emailing your pastor/s and tell them you’re praying for them
3. Same with your mayor, and other elected officials

How about your ideas? Share them in the comments below.

But I have another question.

Does HUMILITY play a part in your future? If so how?

Mark

C: 404-606-2322

W: NDPGeorgia.org

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Dr Stanley & Sons of Thunder

Dr Stanley & Sons of Thunder

A Few Dr. Stanley Links, Below:

  • First, a short, three minute video where I tell of four great memories I have of Dr. Stanley.
  • Then, a copy of one of our Sons of Thunder Newsletters / Prayer Prompts, which I hope encourages yu to add some effort to your prayer-handouts.
  • Also, two variations of a handbook for starting your own, Sons of Thunder Power Team.
  • Finally, a pictoral memory of one Christmas with Dr. Stanley at the Sons of Thunder.

Thank You Dr. Stanley

My Prayer Ministry’s Roots

The day Dr. Stanley graduated to heaven, I was in Washington DC praying with our elected officials.

My ministry of prayer DIRECTLY has its roots in the man himself allowing me to lead the Sons of Thunder Power Team.

I want to share a VERY BRIEF GLIMPSE of the man we all saw at Sons of Thunder. I think the photos came from Keith James.

Watch the various facial expressions Dr. Stanley gives. That’s the man most of us remember from Sons of Thunder.

BTW, periodically I hear people mock the name “Sons of Thunder,” but they do so without knowing why Dr. Stanley used the name he did. In an April 2016 In Touch interview, Dr. Stanley told his audience the reason for the name. He said, “When men pray it sounds like thunder going up to heaven.”

And for those of you who attended those prayer meetings, you know what he meant.

Enjoy these photos, and the memory of the man who made such a huge impact on my life.

Thank you Dr. Stanley, Mark

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PrayerCon Info

PrayerCon Info

1 WEEK FROM TODAY

There are some final details we need to go over with you.

Don’t forget the last week post regarding the Scripture we want you to dig into. CLICK HERE

This week let us address the following:

  • Parking
  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Fooding (sorry)
  • Misc

PARKING

Below is a map we want you to use based on when you are attending. There will be upwards of 30 – 35 cars at any given time. Fortunately there is plenty of parking, if you follow the map. If you have any questions, call Mark’s cell (404) 606-2322.

If you are dropping things off, Jerry, park in front of The Chapel, drop off the case of books, then go and park.

Tina, any food you need to get down to the Fellowship Hall, park in front of The Chapel and we can walk it down there, then you can park in the appropriate lot.

No one will park in front of The Chapel, just in case it’s raining and you want to drop off someone before you park.

Location, Location, Location. . . Okay, forget about marketing. Put this address into your GPS to get there. But if you have any questions, call Mark’s cell: (404) 606-2322

Daniel Prayer Garden, 3430 Land Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004 (https://www.danielprayergarden.org/)

CLOTHING

Obviously, dress however you are comfortble. Personally, I will be in jeans, comfortable shoes, a golf shirt and a light jacket.

Watch the weather for Milton Georgia, we’re not up into the Georgia “Mountains” but it could get a little chilly if there is much humidity in the air.

You will be snug and warm in the Chapel, but you WILL CHOOSE to walk the beautiful grounds, and you will be walking on gravel trails. During the night of the 17th, the trail lights will remain on all night, since some of us will be praying all night.

BEDDING

PLEASE READ THIS. If you are staying on-sight, you need to bring a blanket (or sleeping bag). The Daniel Prayer Garden supplies fitted sheets and a pillow/case, but you will need a blanket to stay warm.

FOOD

ARRIVE HUNGRY! Our food service people will be feeding you and they are prepared to take care of you beginning with a hot dinner the first night (albeit an early dinner). So, arrive hungry. We will also have a hot breakfast and lunch on Staurday.

This is not a FASTING event. From the very beginning, us breaking bread together has been an important part of the planning. Fellowship over food is always precious, and we want to experience it. So, if you are only attending a few hours, DO NOT MISS the food time! To see the schedule. . . CLICK HERE

MISCELLANEOUS

Except for those arriving THURSDAY night, everyone should check in at The Chapel, not the office. If you are arriving FRIDAY you may want to bring a flashlight, to head back to your car or dorm, or to stay and prayer walk.

TOILETRIES. . . If you are spending the night (or nights), in addition to your under arm deoderant, BRING A TOWEL or towels. Again, Daniel Prayer Garden only supplies fitted sheets and a pillow, not towels.

Remember to check the weather for Milton Georgia to determine if you should bring an umbrella.

 

Come Prepared For A VERY Special Time

We have a schedule which we will hold VERY LOOSELY as we want to allow the Lord to move within us.

You often hear Mark pray into Psalm 133:1, and he applies the verse by praying, “How good and pleasant it is when men (and women) come together in unity.” The desire of this weekend is that you experience the presence of the Lord. Therefore, holding the schedule loosely is critical.

Again, here is the link to the schedule. CLICK HERE

Arrive Hungry.

 

Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA
Founder/Author
C: (404) 606-2322
W: MarkMirza.com

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