Monthly Ministry Update from Valerie Payne General Counsel’s Office
They Look So Familiar . . . As I have been traveling this fall, I have met with some amazing people and collected some great stories. Here is a picture of my favorite so far:
Update from Virginia Beach In October, I had the opportunity to visit my beloved alma mater, Regent University School of Law, and encourage the student body to seek out God’s purpose and plan for their law careers. I presented to nine law classes in three days! One student featured me on her blog: http://regenthartman.blogspot.com/20 12/10/valerie-‐payne-‐serving-‐lord-‐as-‐ attorney.html
Meet General Rodolfo (“Rudy”) Interiano and his wife, Eva. When I met them on October 11 during a visit to the Military Ministry HQ in Newport News, VA, I felt a strange wave of déjà vu wash over me. It felt like I had met them before.
The kind folks at Military Ministry warmly welcomed Ret. General Rodolfo Interiano and his wife, Eva, me and invited me to serving on the international operations team of present to the group during Campus Crusade’s Military Ministry morning devotions. After they prayed for me, General Rudy jumped up to present an update from a trip he and Eva made to the Honduras Naval Academy in September. He reported that they ran a successful life coaching seminar to 60 senior officers and that 236 officers, cadets, and non-‐commissioned officers accepted Jesus as their Savior!
As General Rudy shared this exciting news, I kept turning my head to look at him and at Eva. “Hmm, they look so familiar!” I thought. Hugging Eva after the presentation, I said, “Do I know you from somewhere? Surely we’ve met.” Confused, she replied, “No, I’ve never seen you before.” Hmm again. .
General Rudy Interiano leading dozens of military officers in prayer as he and Eva initiated evangelism and discipleship programs at the Naval Academy in Honduras.
÷ Pray for wisdom and endurance as I continue to travel this month and seek ministry partners. ÷ Praise that I am about halfway to my goal of being fully funded by Christmas!
Finally, it dawned on me: I was their attorney! Three years ago, I worked on their immigration paperwork when I was practicing with a firm in D.C. Realizing how God used me long before I would join staff with Campus Crusade to help such key ministry leaders was humbling. Never have I felt so securely in the dead center of God’s plan. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Military Ministry is amazing. Since 9/11, they have supplied over 3 million Rapid Deployment Kits upon request. They counsel combat veterans suffering from post-‐traumatic stress. They pray for those in the trenches and support their families. Having friends and family who sacrificially serve in our military, I am so grateful for Military Ministry and its significant work. In honor of Veteran’s Day and all who serve, it is my privilege this month to highlight my new favorite ministry of Campus Crusade. It is a joy for me to serve a ministry that loves our brave military men, women, and families. Their needs are great but God’s love is greater!