Dove-award winner Kari Jobe—who joined her worship-leader husband, Cody Carnes, and several dozen other Christians at a Faith Briefing at the White House Dec. 6—said the experience left her in “tears all day,” adding she was touched to “see what God’s doing in our White House.”
After participating in the briefing, the husband-and-wife worship duo shared about their experience in a short video, which was posted to Twitter by the White House.
“The thing that moved me the most is how everyone is so for making sure we’re changing people’s lives and not leaving those that are marginalized and those that have been trafficked,” Jobe said.
“I think those of us that don’t work in the White House, it can look really big and something that we can’t really end, but they are working to end these things. I’ve just been in tears all day. I’m so thankful to be part of this today and see what God’s doing in our White House.”
Her husband agreed, singling out both the worship and praying for Trump.
“I’ve been so encouraged today because there’s so many good things happening out of this house,” Carnes said. “So many good things for the faith community.”
.@karijobe and @codycarnes shared about their visit to the White House with fellow worship leaders! pic.twitter.com/wTQE6EEvVr— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 9, 2019
London-based Premier News reported that participants also prayed in the Cabinet Room and the Oval Office, where they met the president.
The gathering, one of several hosted by the White House to showcase the Trump administration’s faith-based initiatives, also drew Vice President Mike Pence, Pastor Paula White, a White House aide, Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston and Bethel worship leader Sean Feucht.
“Wonderful stopping by a worship leaders briefing today at the @WhiteHouse!” Pence tweeted while sharing a photo from the gathering. “America is a proud Nation of believers and our Administration will always defend the freedom of religion of every American, of every faith!”
Wonderful stopping by a worship leaders briefing today at the @WhiteHouse! America is a proud Nation of believers and our Administration will always defend the freedom of religion of every American, of every faith! pic.twitter.com/1IaeQ1gOZJ— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) December 6, 2019
In a Facebook post, Bethel’s Feucht, who is running for Congress in California, talked about grace, peace and hope in light of the White House gathering.
"On the outdoor steps, the hallways and the rooms of the White House today (including the Oval Office), worship, prayer, and blessings flowed from a bunch of songbirds," he wrote. "We came from across the nation, heard incredible testimonies of God moving, and believe we left a deposit of grace, peace, and hope."
For Jobe, the briefing seemed to transcend the moment.
“God is moving,” she said at the end of the White House video. “It’s very encouraging. It’s beautiful.”
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Lori Arnold is a national award-winning journalist whose experience includes 16 years at a daily community newspaper in San Diego and 16 years as writer-editor for the Christian Examiner. She owns StoryLori Media and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association.