Washington DC Visit-October 2023

Washington DC Visit-October 2023

TESTIMONIES FROM LAST 3 DAY VISIT TO DC

This is now the second visit that I have stretched to 3 days, and what a HUGE difference it makes. I have so many contacts now that 2 days doesn’t allow me the time to get to everyone. With a 3 day visit to DC, now I can get to everyone, and have time left over which means I don’t have to run around like a crazy-man. Instead, I can take my time with the people I engage.

MUCH BETTER!

  • For those of you who contribute financially, thank you for that. I am very pedantic about making sure your money is stretched as far as I can. I never rent a car anymore, using the METRO Rail for my transportation. And now that I’m aware of the MARC Train into DC, I fly in and out of BWI for far less money. So again, thank you. I shared with someone today that we never beg anyone for money and have never paid a bill late. Furthermore, we have always had money when we needed it. My answer is always the same when people ask me how we survive, financially. I answer, “God puts it on the hearts of men to give, and they give.” So again, thank you.

Most of you know that I leave a prayer card with men and women there. I do this so they can see how I pray for them. One of the Congressmen saves them and pulls them out of his desk to reread them.

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

As you read the highlighted portion of this card, would you please PRAY BIG, with me. I want to encourage all of these men and women I meet with to participate in their own district at a National Day of Prayer (NDP) event this next year. The responce I am already getting has been very encouraging. Pray for me to not miss a single elected official who wants to participate in an NDP event.

Some Brief Thoughts from October 17-19, 2023:
Lately, heading to DC the evil one continues to throw into my brain. . .

  • Mark, isn’t your season over?
  • Are you really needed?
  • Are you accomplishing anything?

I shared that with a friend who reminded me to keep doing what I know God has called me to do. “Afterall,” he said, “Isn’t the devil the one who first said, ‘Did God really say. . .'” Pray for me to remain diligent in Washington DC.

Let me share my 3 days with you:

I sensed a lot of tension, right from the beginning. Tension in offices because the House is embroiled in a leadership stand-off. And tension on the street because of the Israel-Hamas war.

EVERY DAY THE CLARITY NEEDED for my visit became more and more obvious.

Most of you know the story, when I’m walking onto the grounds of the US Capitol or into the House Office Buildings, something SCRAMBLES in my brain, and I don’t care about their politics.

I’m not there to fix the way anyone thinks. In fact, I’m not there to talk politics! I have one goal, ONE. And that is to demonstrate, to live out, the Christ that so many of them have no idea exists.

As I told someone today, “These men and women go to cocktail parties with colleagues just like them. If they talk about Christians at all, it’s from the only perspective they know. THEIRS! I get to demonstrate a Jesus who offers hope, and I demonstrate it as I pray for them.

I’ve said this before, “I have got the BEST job in DC.

Here are a few of this week’s events:

1] A Congressman was walking towards me when I stepped up and introduced myself as someone here to just pray for him. He sighed deeply and said, “Oh please, do that right now for me.” So right there in the middle of the hallway, we both bowed our heads, closed our eyes and I prayed for him.

2] I contrast the example above with a Congresswoman who had no idea how to respond when I told her I prayed for her. She paused, clearly didn’t know what to say and then said, with all sincerity, “Oh, that’s cute. Thank you.” And please hear me, I’m not being critical of her. She just had no idea how to respond. We Christians HAVE NOT given her enough interraction with us to know how to respond. I say, “Shame on us!”

3] Exiting a hallway bathroom, heading to his office, a Chief of Staff (COS) I have known from other Congressmen was looking down, not at the floor, emotionally. I went up to him and asked what was going on. That started a 15 minute discussion . . . now listen, 15 minutes is A LONG TIME for these folks. But we spent 15 minutes together! Among other things, I reminded him he was there because as a Christian he can have a voice that his staff needs to hear.

4] In an elevator (which I RARELY take) a Congresswoman saw my lanyard and then introduced herself to me, VERY GRATEFUL for the ministry of prayer.

5] One gentleman was standing on the corner and on his phone while I was walking by. I heard him say, “We need the Lord to intervene.” I have no idea the context of his statement, but I interrupted him, gave him my card and told him I was proud of him for knowing he needed the Lord to intervene. You realize I interrupted him while he was on his call! I started to walk off and he introduced himself to me. He was a Congressman. Had I known that I wouldn’t have interrupted his call. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

6] Met a congressman who was very proud to tell me he starts every day in prayer.

7] Had a fun little stop with a woman at the front desk who was a Dodgers fan. We joked and laughed and I told her I was from Northern California and a Giants fan, she said she went to school in Northern California so she liked the S.F. Giants too. There was nothing holy about this brief stop, but it demonstrates something critical. These men and woman are regular people, and they need to be prayed for as such.

8] One of my longstanding Congressional friends was walking through the hallways when we bumped into one another, I was able to remind him he was there to give Godly wisdom where others cannot.

9] A chaplain who comes to DC often was on the phone with me when I asked him how I could pray for him. He said, “Grace. Pray for grace, Mark.” I prayed Romans 15:13 for him, which gave him great solace.

10] I stopped a number of Capitol Police officers and not a few janitors to let them know I’m prayig for them. They were very grateful. Very!

11] Dropping off my prayer card in one of the office, the guy I gave it to said, very excitedly, “Oh, the congressman really enjoyed the last one he got.” That was a month ago and he STILL REMEMBERED!

12] I spoke with another office staffer who shared that she has some marital problems at home. I confirmed that she is getting good council from female Bible Study Groups she’s in, but it demonstrates AGAIN, that these are regular people!

13] There is a Congressman who I see often, and he is so genuine, so likable, I smile when I know he is around. This week I exited an office and saw him from behind. I called out, “Hey, who am I walking behind?” He turned and smiled and allowed me to pray briefly for him as he hustled off to another meeting.

14] A friend of mine, who I’ve not prayed with often (only because he is so busy) just put his name in the hat for Speaker of the House. I emailed him the following, through his scheduler, who we’ll call “Sam” though that’s not her real name.

Sam,

This is Mark Mirza. I’m the one who pesters you every month about praying with the Congressman when I’m in town.

Would you please forward this to Congressman So-And-So? I know he’s got a lot going on, as do you, so I’ll keep this as short as I can:

Congressman, I’ve been praying about the Speaker situation and was very glad to see that you put your name in the hat.

I was up much of the night last night and this morning praying for you and was reminded of a free booklet that is available from my website. It is a modernized version of a 1656 sermon on how to vote.

1656 England was very divided, much like the USA is today. And in this wonderful little sermon, the pastor gives us a number of interesting perspectives on how to vote.

Let me just share with you the portion on whom to choose. They fit you to a T.
–Look for the fear of God in those you choose.
–Look for wisdom and proper gifts.
–Enquire whether they are Christians.
–Look for courage and resoluteness.
–Find purposeful focus on the nation’s public affairs.
–Choose those who have healing spirits.
–Look for a desire to serve.
–Find those faithful to ministers and to the ministry of the gospel.

Please know that I’m honored to pray for you, sir.
Mark
Thanks Sam. BTW, if you or Congressman So-And-So want this sermon you can download it free at MarkMirza.com/Politics.

15] Last month I engaged a Congressman who you would not think of when you think of prayer. As I stopped by his office and told the staff why I was there, they were genuinely grateful. I look forward to getting in front of him again soon. This is another example of me being allowed to demonstrate a Jesus I am sure they have no idea exists. Pray for open doors here. Just say Congressman “X” and God will know who you’re talking about. I tell people often that if Ephesians 6:12 is true, then your struggle is not with flesh and blood. If I gave you the name of this Congressman, you would challenge me, but isn’t that the point? What God’s word says is true, not what you see on the outside, or what you hear coming from his lips.

16] I saw another Congressman who I have missed EVERYTIME I’m in town. He was running to a meeting but he stopped long enough to seriously say, “Mark, I thank you for all your prayers.” Folks, readers, these men and women ARE REGULAR PEOPLE!!!! They need us to pray for them as such.

17] I like to use the Scheduler’s first names. I get to know them as best I can. Sometimes they see me coming and are eating lunch and the last thing they want to do is talk to me so they shut the door. In one of the offices, I saw “Sam,” not his real name, and when he saw me he put his sandwich down, came out and said, “Hello,” promising to give my prayer card to his principal. I love my job!

18] Not all stops are easy. One office I walked into EVERYONE THERE were L. A. Dodgers fans.

19] One of the last offices I went into the young man behind the desk had allowed me to pray for him last month, that God would give him peace about his next career step. He’s still there. He’s still seeking the the Lord.

As I close out this post let me remind you of something I said to a number of Congressmen this week. I told them about a short clip I heard from Dr. Stanley where he said, “Accept everything as if it is from God. Because He could have stopped it.”

It’s a powerful thought, and because God is sovereign, you can trust Him, even when you do not like what He has allowed into your life, your government, or the governents of other nations.

Love you guys. Thank you for your prayers and your financial support.

Mark

 

Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA
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Washington DC Visit-July 2023

Washington DC Visit-July 2023

TESTIMONIES FROM LAST 2 DAYS IN DC

Sorry, I forgot to post this last month.

I have shared with a number of you that my days in DC are going to stretch to three. There are just so many that I now have contact with, I need to make the stretch.

  • For those of you who contribute financially, thank you for that. I am very pedantic about making sure your money is stretched as far as I can. I never rent a car anymore, using the METRO Rail for my transportation. And now that I’m aware of the MARC Train into DC, I fly in and out of BWI for far less money. So again, thank you.

Most of you know that I leave a prayer card with men and women there. I do this so they can see how I pray for them. One of the Congressmen saves them and pulls them out of his desk to reread them.
You can find all my recent prayer cards here. . . https://markmirza.com/printprayercards/

Some Brief Thoughts from July 18-19, 2023:
Leaving Washington DC this visit I texted the following to a friend. . .
Another good visit to DC. Thank you for praying so deliberately with me about this part of my ministry. I still find it amazingly draining.
–Before I went back to DC on April, he and I prayed about my ministry there. Was it over? Was I to return? What was the Lord’s will for this part of my ministry.

EVERY SINGLE visit I am reminded of ONE THING:

The overwhelmingly large majority of the people that I get to talk to, elected officials, their staff, service workers, even visitors to Capitol Hill are genuinely grateful this ministry exists.

The day before I went to DC, the verse to meditate on in my daily devo was James 3:18 (HCSB).
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.
This verse codified my various thoughts on DC and the role I play, being there. . .

  • I’m not there to fix the way anyone thinks.
  • My struggle is not with flesh and blood
  • The evil one’s ability to deceive is GREAT.

I believe the way in which I can “cultivate peace” is by sharing hope with these men and women. I suspect many of them know deep down in their heart, that there is nothing they can do which will give LASTING HOPE to the people they are there to serve.

Pray for additional open doors for me.

Let me tell you of some of my DC meetings.
These are not in any particular order. . .

1] Briefly, VERY BRIEFLY, stopped a few Congressmen/women in the hallways, these are the 3 responses I received:

  • Sincerely grateful I pray for them.
  • Stated gratitude but it felt to me like the “politically expedient” thing to say.
  • Shunned my words and refused my prayer card.
    –If You equate party affiliation to my comments, YOU’D BE WRONG.

2] I met a woman who works with the computer & cell phone services in DC. I commented on the cross she had around her neck and was able to give her my brochure and prayer card. The next day I saw her again. It was good to encourage one another, just by a simple passing of each other in the hallway of a House Office Building. Imagine the encouraging you could do in your City Hall or County Courthouse.

3] Again this visit someone saw my National Day of Prayer lanyard and used it as a means of reaching out to me.

4] I met a staffer in the hallway who had a cast on his foot. After we talked for a couple minutes I told him I’ll pray for his foot, and as he was walking away he hesitantly said, “I’ll pray for you too.” Something told me that was the first time in a long time he has said those words. Pray for him. You don’t need to know his name, God does.

5] Speaking of casts, when I went into the Congressman’s office with the woman who last month was in a boot cast, it was no longer on her foot. I asked her about her vacation and her eyes lit up! She said, “The boot came off before our vacation and it didn’t hurt at all.”

6] I walk in the stairswells of all 3 House Office Buildings, and WITHOUT A DOUBT, the Rayburn House Office Building has the BEST air conditioned stairwells. A number of times I would just go into one such stairwell, just to cool off. Walking in to one such stairwell I saw a young man who turned out to be a former staffer and now represents Texas farmers in DC during the week. On the weekends he is the worship leader at his church. Pray for him and his wife as they want to start a family.

7] The Cannon House Office Building may not have the very well air-conditioned stairwells, but I did find a sofa out in the hallway where I could rest my bones. I was purposely early, so I could cool down after walking from one HOB to another and then walk up 6 flights of stairs. At least, I thought I was up there to rest. When I sat down I met a woman who goes to DC periodically to tell the US officials about persecution in China. We had a great time together, as I was cooling off before my next appointment.

8] At one of my congressional appointments I met a pastor and wife who used to hold weekly Bible Studies on The Hill, before Covid. Now they connect with world leaders, praying with them and sharing Christ with them. Pray for him and his wife.

9] In this same office (see #8 above), the Congressman said to me, “Mark, we need your prayers. We are just holding on by a thread.”
–How are you prompted to pray, when you hear that kind of a comment? BEFORE YOU ANSWER… Let me remind you, 1] Your struggle is not with flesh and blood; 2] Your job is not to fix the way people think; 3] The evil one’s ability to deceive is great. Again I ask you, how should you pray? ANSWER: My prayer for YOU, the one praying for these foks is that YOU would simply trust what the Lord has placed on your heart and then JUST DO IT! PRAY!

10] Many of you know I’m a San Francisco Giants fan, so this signage on this LA Congressman’s office was hard to handle.

11] A good friend of mine works in the “Real-Estate Department” in the Cannon House Office Building. He and I met to break bread together my first day in DC. I have another friend who works in a government agency. He spends his weekdays in DC and his weekends in Atlanta where he is a leader in his church. He and I plan to connect during my next visit. Pray for these two Christian men. They are trying to make a difference where God has planted them.

12] I had the opportunity to sit down with a Congressman I hadn’t seen, eyeball to eyeball for 2 years. And yet, every week, myself and two pastors from his home town pray for him. It was good to catch up. He was the inspiration to my novel, Divided Together (www.MarkMirza.com/Store).

13] I met with a couple freshman Congressman. I got the sense they were both very thirsty for a word form a Christian man who could come alongside them as the Aaron and Hur in their lives. Pray that these two doors remain open.

14] When I travel I always take a few books to give away. I am always amazed at how the Lord allows me to have “one more book” in my backpack to give away. Pray these men and women are blessed by these gifts I give them.

15] I love the relationships I develop with Schedulers, but it requires constant; correction, CONSTANT maintenance because so many of them move from one office to another. Pray for 2 things, 1] That I would be tenacious about keeping my records up to date, and 2] That I would have favor with these schedulers. I never reach out to the Congressman/woman asking for an appointment, even when I have their cell phone. I always go through the scheduler.

16] The relationships I have allow me to engage Congressional leaders out on the street periodically. God is so good. That happened a couple times this trip. I didn’t have a scheduled appointment, but by God’s providence we connected.

17] Two years ago I met with a Congressman who brought his entire staff together. In that setting he asked me to pray for a particular staffer’s wife who had cancer. Due to Covid and then my own cancer, I haden’t seen this staffer again until this visit. His wife is now cancer free.

As you think about these testimonies I have shared, please do not try to put Names or Political Parties 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. Including Bible Studies and times of Worship in the Capitol.

When I tell people I go to DC and pray with our elected officials, I usually hear, “They need it.” When I tell Congressmen & women I’m there to pray for them, they too say the same thing, “We sure need it.” And they are ALWAYS grateful, too.

But let me tell you something a Congressman shared with me a number of years ago. He said, “Mark only Jesus can make a difference in DC.”

Pray for me that I can share “HOPE” with men and women when I visit DC.

I am scheduled to return September 19-21.

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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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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DC Visit July 20-21, 2021

DC Visit July 20-21, 2021

General Visit Report

Allow me to share my trip with you, Please?

As always I was honored to spend time in DC with men and women on BOTH SIDES of the aisle.
Remember, when I am there, I’m not interested in talking politics with them, unless they choose to.
My job is to pray with them and for them, bearing their burdens, and sometimes the staffer’s burdens, as you will see below.
I’m careful about NOT giving names because I want men and women to know they can pray with me in private, and in confidence.
First, I want to know, did you participate in my #DCSteps Contest?
When I retun in September we’ll do another contest like this.
You can find July’s contest here:
https://markmirza.com/dc-fitbit-steps/

There are 3 reasons I share this simple diary with you:

  1. I think it’ll encourage you to hear of numerous GOOD THINGS going on in DC.
  2. I hope it’ll challenge you to pray for your elected officials, and let them know you’re praying for them. Click Here.
  3. I’m confident some of you will be motivated to do locally, what I do in DC. Do the same thing in your City Hall and/or County Courthouse.

What exactly do I do?
It’s simple, I merely engage the people that I run into.

While I go to DC to pray with our elected officials, I can tell you that I spend a lot of time praying for their staff, for janitors, for food service employees and even the Capitol Police men/women.

Here’s what July 20 & 21 looked like:

Day 1, Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

6am
Left for the airport

11:30am
Arrived at the Cannon House Office Building (HOB) where I was let in by a staffer whose grandfather is a pastor in my neighborhood.
Small world

11:41am
Stopped in the office of a Congressman I meet with often. He wasn’t available this visit. Dropped off a Prayer Card (PC) with his scheduler.

If you want to see how I’m praying for our elected officials this month, go to MarkMirza.com/Politics and scroll down to the Prayer Card (PC) I give to the staff and the Congressmen/women.
You might ask me why I do that. Well, they may be brilliant doctors or lawyers but they’re not theologians, and I find it helps them see what I am praying.
A couple visits ago one Congressman said, “Mark, I am so glad you give me these Prayer Cards. I keep them in my desk and go through them often.”

Finally, when I enter an office, I always ask for the Scheduler. While I may have the Congressman’s cell phone, I always work through the Scheduler. If you want to get together with your local person of influence, USE THEIR PROTOCOLS!

11:45am
Stopped by the office of a Congressman I’ve NEVER met and did not have an appopintment with. I planned to introduce myself to the Scheduler, and give her my July PC.
After I introduced myself to her she walked up to the Congressman who was standing there in his lobby with what looked like about half his staff. She said, “Congressman, So & So, Mark is here to pray a blessing over the office.”
He shook my hand. I bowed, and we all prayed.
I have got such a GREAT job!

12:10pm
I grabbed a bite to eat in the Longworth HOB cafeteria. The food service cashier was laughing having a good time. I told her what I do in DC and that I liked watching her enjoy herself. Gave her a PC and the next day she remembered me when I returned for lunch.

PS. I was hungry, so, I REALLY enjoyed my pizza.

I see lots of folks with lanyards displaying where they are from. I think the next time I go to DC, I need to bring my Common Thread Ministries lanyard.

12:45pm
I was eating in the lunchroom, and in came a Congressman I had reached out to (VIA the Scheduler, of course) but I did not have an appointment with him. So, I introduced myself, telling him why I’m there. He then shared with me how encouraged he was, the previous week, when 3 people in his district told him they pray for him.
Before I go on, may I ask you?
–When was the last time you emailed or texted your City (Mayor) or County or State or US elected officials and told them you are praying for them.
–For that matter, when was the last time you told your pastor that you are praying?
After I finished my lunch I stopped by his table and thanked him for giving me a few minutes of his time. His scheduler was there, she stood up and said, “The next time you’re in town, Mark. I’ll get you in to see the Congressman.”

1:00pm
Leaving the lunchroom I gave a PC to the guy collecting the garbage. He was so touched when he found out I pray for him too, not just the Congressional leaders and their staff.
–What a GREAT job I have. I get to encourage people.

1:15pm
Found a Congressman’s office with a bunch of Washington Nationals clippings on his wall, of them winning the World Series. I need to get this Congressman my novel, Divided Nation, where I reference the Nats and their World Series win and wonder if they’ll ever do it again.

1:25pm
Stopped at a Congresswoman’s office to simply drop off my PC. Great short meet with the scheduler who is working with me to coordinate a meeting when I speak in her district, in a few months.
I’ve done this a few times before. I make sure they know it is not a political meeting, but I do make sure I introduce them. There is a downside, however, instead of circling around my book-table, after I have spoken, everyone circles around him/her.

In DC, the schedulers contact you by email (Praise the Lord my telephone seamlessly handles my emails). But, I have to constantly check emails because my appointments change, A LOT!
As of right now, here’s how my day starts tomorrow:
7:30, Congressional Bible Study
8:55, Building 1 (Cannon)
9:15, Building 3 (Rayburn)
9:30, Building 3 (Rayvurn)
9:55, Building 1 (Cannon)
–And in the CHOB I’ve got to get to the 5th floor!
I normally leave 30+ minutes between each appointment, but their schedules dictate.

1:40pm
Anyway, I am standing in the hallway, checking emails, adjusting my schedule and making notes of the previous meeting when this woman rolls her janitorial cart up to the door near me, the women’s bathroom. I gave her my prayer card and I could tell she was hungry for a godly conversation. So, I abliged. At one point I asked her if I could pray for her and she readily agreed. When I was done she said, “A gazillion thank you’s.”
But I said to her, “No, you were a blessing to me, letting me pray for you.”
Needless to say, we had a sweet time in front of the women’s bathroom, before she went in to scrub toilets.
And then, it was so sweet, she said, “I’m always here, on this floor. The next time you’re in town, please find me and pray for me again.”
As I left she asked me to pray for Haiti on her behalf, where she is from.

1:55pm
This congressman was in front of me as I was walking down a hallway under the buildings. I walked by him and his handler and I said, “I love to see a man who wears fun shoes.” His handler thought it was funny. I was sincere. But he was not so impressed.

2:02pm
I was walking down a stairwell and a staffer named ABC was there. Her and I joked about the lack of Air Conditioning in this particular hallway. I told her why I was there and she said she was a praying woman. So, I prayed Romans 15:13 for her. What a blessing.

2:15pm
Went in to a Congressman’s office, whom I have not met. The Scheduler and I talked for a bit. She has family that live in Savannah and we talked about the heat there compared to here. She let me pray for her. It was a sweet little time of fellowship, very sweet.

2:40pm
I was heading down a very slender stair well. It was so thin I stopped for a guy who was walking up. I don’t know what his name was, but I gave him one of my prayer cards, shared with them what I do there and he was super pleased and grateful.

2:55pm
In a hallway, I turned and saw a Congressman coming down the hall. I don’t know who he was, but I told him what I do. He said thank you, but was a little non-plussed so I didn’t pursue it. Gave him a PC.

These men and women have a lot on their plate, so I’m not worried about them not wanting to engage in talking. Some engagements we talk a lot, some engagements we talk little, and some engagements I’m lucky to get my PC in their hands.

That’s God’s job, not mine. But I do try to be very respectful of their time.

3:54pm
Stopped a Congressman in a hallway who was so glad I’m doing what I am. Asked me to reach out to his Scheduler the next time I’m in town. I had never met the guy before, but he could tell that my focus was on “serving” others, not “getting” something for me.

4:07pm
In a Congressman’s office I dropped off the PC and made clear to the Scheduler that I pray for them too, not just the Congressman. She was so grateful for that. It always amazes me, the staffers who are surprised I pray for them too.

4:45pm
Met with a Congressman I meet with often. But something was different today. He was on fire for God. And I told him. Then he told me the sweet story why. He said it started with him attending a weekly Congressional prayer meeting.

Before heading to my hotel I made my way over to David’s Tent. They have been on the Mall with 24/7 prayer and praise, since September 11, 2015.
I was tired and spent. It was good to sit their and be strengthened by those on stage.
When I got there, they were reading the book of Mark, while 1 person played the piano.
It was sweet. And I needed it to refresh my soul.

How many steps today?
19.939 #DCSteps

 

Day 2, Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Here’s how my day starts:
7:30, Congressional Bible Study
8:55, Building 1 (Cannon)
9:15, Building 3 (Rayburn)
9:30, Building 3 (Rayburn)
9:55, Building 1 (Cannon)

It was a great start to my #DCSteps total.

Great appointments with the men and women above, who I got to pray with.

  • In one we talked about whether or not Christians SHOULD fight back, and how.
  • In another I met with his entire staff, challenged them with a 3 minute sermon and then prayed for them.
  • And in another I met with a Congressman who has numerous times prayed with me out in the open, in the midst of crowds walking by us. (I really like this guy, and am encouraged by his boldness).

I met a Maintenance guy who I had met a year ago. Imagine the odds of meeting with the same guy twice. Interestingly enough, when he saw me he got a smirk on his face. I think he was saying, “Okay, I’ll get my act together with the Lord.”
Pray for him, please.

11:20am
So, I’m in the hallway making notes about my previous engagement and a young guy walks by me who I recognized from an appointment the day before.
He was looking kind-of-down, so we talked for a few minutes and I asked him how I could pray for him. He said he needed, “Direction, guidance, lots of stuff, Mark.”
We had a short discussion about praying for peace and letting that give him clarity and then I prayed for him.
He had a completely different step when he returned to his office. He was encouraged.
Let me ask you…
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU REACHED OUT TO YOUR PASTOR AND PRAYED FOR HIM.
—-How about your Mayor?
—-Or your City Council Members?

Encouragement comes from the simple act of PRAYING with another.

12:03pm
One of the Television Directors who parks himself in the Cannon HOB Rotunda kept looking at me, so I went over to him, introduced myself, told him why I was in DC, and then gave him my PC. He didn’t roll his eyeballs, but he seemed disappointed. It was a short meet.

1:35pm
Before I headed to the airport I saw a congressman in the hallway who I hadn’t visited with for well over a year. And when I last did, he pulled himself out of a Committee meeting so I could give him some encouragement.
It was backdoor encouragement though.
He told me how worried he is for his kids and grandkids and I, the encourager of encouragers responded with, “Congressman, it’s only gonna get worse.”
He wasn’t expecting that, and honestly, neither was I. I don’t talk like that to these men and women.
But then I added, “And that’s why you are here, Congressman So & So. You see it the way you do, and many of your colleagues do not.”
In all honesty, I thought that was why he and I hadn’t connected since that visit.
Later that afternoon I got an email from his scheduler who said, “Mark, I’m sorry I missed your email. When you return to DC I’ll get you back in here to meet with the Congressman.
I wonder if he went back to her and said, “Hey, Mark Mirza is in town, why isn’t he praying with me?”

There were a lot of stops I didn’t tell you about, simply “Stopping & Dropping Prayer Cards,” with Schedulers or folks at the front desks. But, there were a lot. In fact, I think that next time I return, I’ll probably stay for 3 days (9/2021 I bought my ticket, I’ll be there September 28, 29 & 30).

Please pray for me, and the few minutes I get to spend with these men and women.

Are you interested in the #DCSteps FINAL TALLY?

My feet were wiped out when I went to the airport.

I didn’t stop the Step-count till I walked in the door at home and took off my #Fitbit.

Here are the numbers…
19,939 — yesterday
19,386 — today
39,325 — TOTAL

#FromTheRoad

DC Fitbit Steps

Below are Posts I’ve Shared Before

They May Encourage You, Maybe even Challenge You

  • 4 years later, its the same.

  • When Thanksgiving GOES TOO FAR.

  • How to know if your political praying is arrogant praying.

  • Are you NOT trusting God? If not, you might be trusting princes.

  • Ever consider that your attitude when you pray might be calling God a liar?

  • If the Bible is true, you can blame God for our politcal results.

  • Distractions when you pray can be a thing of the past (I guarantee it).

  • 3 anecdotes about racism in the church. They will encourage you, anger you and frustrate you.

  • God is in control, and a TRULY, bi-partisan prayer guide.

  • sataN changes tactics, just when you think you’ve thwarted him.
 

Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA
Founder/Author
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DC Jan 26 2021

DC Jan 26 2021

SUMMARY IN D.C. THIS MONTH

I decided that what I saw ALL DAY, wasn’t “sobering” as much as it was “disappointing.”

But I don’t want us to go off on to politics!

AIl day, I talked, albeit briefly, with a bunch of military police and Guardsmen and women and a few of the Capitol Police, who were just inside the perimeter barriers at our nation’s capital.

A number of them were skeptical when I started to talk, but every one of them was appreciative that there’s some wacko-guy praying for them. And many of them were surprised.

I didn’t hand out as many prayer cards as I normally do (you can find this month’s at MarkMirza.com/politics), but that’s okay, my job was to encourage today.

After walking the perimeter, I was back to where I started this morning, at the Capitol South METRO station.

There is a very high-end lunch room across the street from the Cannon HOB, and as I walked by I said hello to two “suits” who were standing in front. I was on my way to the Thai restaurant, looking buttressed to the hot Lemon Grass Soup, but I turned around and went back to them. I reached into my pocket (which startled them) and gave them each a prayer card letting them know what I do every month and that I was praying for them now. I took one step away and then turn around and corrected that. I said, “I’ll pray for you two AFTER I pray for our men and women in uniform,” which both of them appreciated.

I am telling you friends, we are missing the opportunity to encourage people by taking a few minutes and praying with them, for them, etc.

Have you been on any of my 15-minute prayer conference calls? Then you need to try it and see how easy and simple it is. Just go to my website (MarkMirza.com). The homepage has the details for men’s calls and for women’s calls.

But I want you to do more than that. I want you to pray with me or some of my groups for a while, maybe a year or year-and-a-half and then YOU-TAKE-ON two or three people that you will pray with.

Amazingly, it is the opportunity that we have TO ENCOURAGE, simply by praying for people, that keeps blowing my mind . . . and I’ve been doing this for over a decade!

Won’t you participate, join in, check it out? Just go to my website scroll down and you’ll see the details for our weekly prayer conference calls. You don’t even have to pray. Just listen!
Remember also, my novels which we’re giving away FREE.
MarkMirza.com/Free-Digital

Mark
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