The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Henry Fernandez

The Faith Church
Sunrise, FL

Sponsor: Rep. Alcee Hastings, (D-FL)
Date of Prayer: 04/06/2011

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. Mr. Speaker, it is with great privilege that I welcome my dear friend, Bishop Henry Fernandez, as our guest chaplain for today's opening prayer.

He is an anointed speaker, educator, accomplished author, and entrepreneur. Henry B. Fernandez answered the call of God on his life in 1985 and later became an ordained minister in 1988.

In July 1991, Bishop Fernandez began to demonstrate his faith in God and a commitment to ‘‘walk by faith'' in
every area of life when, along with his wife, Carol, he founded the Plantation Worship Center in the cafeteria of a local elementary school in south Florida with only 11 members. Now known as The Faith Center Ministries, the church makes its home in the former Sunrise Theater, where its more than 8,000 members embrace a mission of ‘‘Reaching the World for Jesus.''

Bishop Fernandez is an amazing inspirational speaker, author, community servant, and business person whose work continues to manifest the freedom of worship enjoyed across our Nation. Through his work, he has encouraged us all to exercise faith and live victoriously.

He and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Seion–Zane and Elijah–Zane.

I am truly honored to welcome my friend and inspirational leader, Bishop Henry Fernandez.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for this day, for truly this is the day that the Lord has made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it.

I pray that our government would seek your divine will in the affairs of this great nation, the United States of America. I ask for your leading in everything this 112th Congress will work on; give them wisdom to make the right decisions that will cause all of us to be progressive and successful.

May each member of this house remember the words spoken by Paul "Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor."

Bless them and their families with good health and long life.

And let your peace rest upon them and this great nation, as we continue to live out the words written over the Chair of the speaker of the house..."In God we trust."
In Jesus name, Amen.

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