Hope to the Hill by Nathan Kistler
This last month has been so fruitful in the ministry God is doing here in Washington. I am more excited than ever to be a part of what God is doing through His people. We have watched the hand of God move in ways that I have never seen before to allow ministry opportunities.
When I decided to leave the road in Gospel Music, I felt at times that I would never sing again. I think that many of us have what I like to call Elijah Moments where we think, “I am the only one left,” or that I won’t be able to do this or that. It is in these moments that God must smile and say, “Child, if you only knew.”
A few weeks ago, I was having one of these moments and I just couldn’t seem to shake it. It was a Friday, and I always go to the Senate chaplain’s Bible study on Fridays. I was walking into the Hart Senate office building whilst having a pity party in my own mind. I walked off of the elevator on to the ninth floor towards the tables where the pizza was sitting for our lunch Bible study when I heard the voice of the chaplain behind me.
I turned and looked back, and he was looking at me. He walked straight towards me and said, “Nate, today is the day.”
I said, “Today is the day for what?”
“Today is the day when you sing for our Bible study,” he said.
I was caught a bit off guard by the statement, so I said, “Well, when exactly do you want me to sing, sir?”
He replied, “In two minutes, so be ready.” He then proceeded to introduce me to sing “How Great Thou Art,” before he broke the bread of life for us.
In five minutes, I was able to build trust and relationship with people I have been trying to build a bridge with for years. I say this not to boast by any means, but to tell you that first, God uses music to open doors of ministry. Second, the Lord reminded me that He would continue to open doors for me to use my gift to further His Gospel. I am learning that God has placed our ministry here on the front lines to minister through word, deed and song to those here in Washington, D.C. The harvest truly is ready.
We were a part of the committee meetings for our newest associate justice on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. We have prayed that God would grant him a clear path to the court, but we must continue to pray not only for him but for every member of the Supreme Court that God would grant them wisdom and guidance in the days ahead. We ask that you would pray for us that God would widen our array of influence and that He would provide financially for the ministry ahead. We would love for you to partner with us in the future as God is doing great things on a daily basis.
If you would like to find out more about our ministry and how you can help, you can visit us at HopeToTheHill.com or call our office at 202-770-7300. I would personally love to chat with you and share what God is doing.
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Nathan Kistler writes a column for SGNScoops Magazine called Hope To The Hill. Find the latest issue here.
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