The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Steve Houpe

Harvest Church
Kansas City, MO

Sponsor: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, (D-MO)
Date of Prayer: 09/14/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. CLEAVER. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today in recognition of our guest Chaplain, Dr. Steve Houpe , founder and Pastor of the Harvest Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Soon after his graduation and ordination from Rhema Bible Training Center in 1986, Dr. Houpe began his ministry and founded Harvest Church, one of the fastest–growing congregations in our community.

But this was just the beginning. Dr. Houpe had a strong calling to education; and, in 1990, he founded Harvest Christian Schools, now Faith Academy, to educate children in a Christian environment with a strong academic emphasis. And, in 1996, he founded Harvest Bible Institute to teach men and women to give of themselves for service in the ministry. Dr. Houpe has also been called to bring the word of God into the homes of people beyond his congregation through his authorship of four inspirational books.

Pastor Houpe further devotes himself to his wife Donna and their six beautiful children.

Pastor Houpe has touched countless lives in our community and across this Nation, and we are pleased to have him here today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father, in the name of my resurrected Savior, I come before Your presence to thank and praise You for Your goodness, mercy, grace and love that You extend to us everyday.

Thank You for the honor and privilege of living in this great country. Thank You for our freedom, for the ability to worship and serve You freely. Allow us to always honor You and Your ways. I pray for the mothers, fathers and children of this nation. I pray for the schools, government agencies and businesses.

God, I beseech Your throne this day on behalf of these prominent leaders of our nation. Give them Your truth, direction; Your wisdom and power.
I pray for each of these Congressmen, their families and the people they represent.

Lord God, I give You praise for what You have done, what you are doing and what you are going to do. Amen.

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