Against the dramatic backdrop of freshly snow-capped mountains and an azure blue Colorado sky, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence arrived at Focus on the Family today, his second visit to the ministry in the last three years.
A long-time friend of the organization, Mr. Pence and his wife Karen, who will celebrate 35 years of marriage this year, raised their three children on much of the ministry’s content, especially Adventures in Odyssey.
Settling into the studio today, the Vice President remarked, “I actually can’t come to Colorado Springs without coming by Focus on the Family.” We’re grateful he feels so welcome.
Our conversation, which will air tomorrow on the radio broadcast, was a warm and heartfelt exchange that touched on the vice president’s family, his journey as a believer and the administration’s efforts to protect pre-born life and defend religious freedom.
During one of the more humorous exchanges, I asked Mr. Pence with something of a wink if he ran background checks on the young men who dated – and are now marrying his daughters.
With a chuckle he said, no – but he warns them that he does.
Vice President Pence spoke lovingly as a father about the reassurance he felt upon seeing the tears in his son-in-law’s eyes prior to marrying Charlotte, the Pence’s daughter.
We talked about how strong families lead to a stronger country and how the best advice the vice president ever heard for young people was to 1) graduate from school 2) get married and 3) wait to have children until you’ve completed step number two.
He shared with me that you can’t understand America without first understanding the history of America’s commitment to faith and religious freedom. I couldn’t agree more. Mr. Pence noted that the most powerful speeches for the nation’s independence came from pastors in pulpits. The same was true for the emancipation of American slaves.
Finally, we talked about our shared commitment to the sanctity of life and the hope that a younger generation is rising to champion the belief that every person, born and preborn, deserves protection under the law.
I’m so grateful for Vice President Pence’s willingness to express his confidence and demonstrate his support for the ministry by taking time out of his extremely tight schedule to pay us a visit.
Please join me in praying for President Trump and Vice President Pence, their families and all the members of Congress – men and women who have taken an oath to sacrificially serve our nation.