By Pastor Eric Walton
Thank you for your partnership as we influence legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ in the New York State Capitol. It continues to be a blessing to serve the Lord in this way.
During the first week of February I was out of town, but legislators had a wonderful time reconnecting with my predecessor, Pastor Dale Walker. Pastor Dale eagerly returned and led the legislative Bible study the first week of February.
The second week of February was the largest Bible Study of the year. There were three senators and eleven Members of Assembly who joined us to reflect on God’s Word. There wasn’t enough room for everyone around the table, so we spread out to make our circle bigger.
I have been joining several legislators to play basketball one night a week. As a result, an assemblyman from Queens joined me at a recent legislative Bible study.
On a recent Tuesday, I was able to visit the offices of 28 legislators who have not yet attended the weekly study but have shown at least some interest. Please pray that these somewhat receptive members will be touched by the Holy Spirit and supernaturally drawn to our Tuesday morning meeting and a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
As of March 16, the Capitol has been on lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak. This limits my person-to-person interactions with elected officials and our ability to meet as a group. Please pray for wisdom as I consult with Jason McGuire, NYFRF’s President, and legislators about how best to effectively share the Gospel during this time. Like many churches across New York, we are exploring digital methods of ministering to the members during this challenging season.
Once again, thank you for your ongoing support that makes this ministry possible.
Pastor Eric Walton serves as New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation’s Legislative Chaplain. Currently, he also serves as pastor of a nondenominational church in the Capital District. His desire is to provide spiritual support, Biblical counsel and a pastoral presence to the members of the New York State Legislature.