The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Martin L. Wilson

El Paso Sector Chaplain
U.S. Border Patrol, TX

Sponsor: Rep. Hon. Silvestre Reyes, (D-TX)
Date of Prayer: 03/07/2007

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Reyes) is recognized for 1 minute.

There was no objection.

Mr. REYES. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Madam Speaker, it is a special privilege for me to recognize Chaplain Martin Wilson . Chaplain Wilson is a 21–year veteran of the United States Border Patrol currently assigned to the Family Support Unit in El Paso, Texas. The Family Support Unit is a 1–year pilot program intended to provide Border Patrol agents, staff and their families with a support network to help manage times of crisis. During his early years in the Border Patrol, Chaplain Wilson served as a program manager under my command as Sector Chief.

Chaplain Wilson is married to San Juanita Wilson who today are celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary. Together they have four children: Alicia; Marty, Jr.; Stephanie; and Daisy. Marty, Jr. recently followed in his father's footsteps, becoming the second in his family to join the United States Border Patrol.

In addition to his duties as Sector Chaplain, Chaplain Wilson serves as the associate pastor at La Verdad Community Baptist Church and is an advocate for people with physical and developmental disabilities.

Thank you, Chaplain Wilson , for joining us this morning and for serving our Nation as a Border Patrol agent.

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father,

We thank You as we gather in this place today, for the gift of Your divine providence, for this house and what it represents to the citizens of our great nation and indeed, to the world.

We are grateful to you, Oh Lord, for those patriots whom have served in these hallowed halls, who have penned for us those freedoms we so thoroughly enjoy. I pray, Lord, for the matters that are before the
Members, as modern day patriots, inspire them in the protection of our people, our culture, and our way of life and the preservation of our civil liberties, for generations to come.

I humbly, also ask for the protection of those on the frontlines, the guardians of our borders, bless them with courage and integrity, to bring honor to our land and to be victorious against all the evils that come against us.

Amen.

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