December 29, 2020
Joe Godfrey, executive director of Alabama Citizens Action Program, advocates for life, religious freedom and other moral issues.
By ALCAP staff
During a normal legislative session, Alabama Citizens Action Program Executive Director Joe Godfrey is a busy fellow.
On behalf of Alabama Baptists, Godfrey lobbies the Alabama Legislature in an attempt to limit not only expansion of alcohol sales in the state but also expanded sales of other addictive drugs, including marijuana, and expansion of addictive activities like gambling. ALCAP also speaks out on pro-life and religious liberty issues.
On the ALCAP website (ALCAP.com) churches and individuals can find resources to help fight the expansion of addictive activities in local communities, and individuals can sign up to receive ALCAP alerts that inform churches and members about pending statewide legislation on important moral issues.
But ALCAP does more than lobby. We serve as your missionaries, sharing Christ and ministering to legislators and staff at the Alabama Statehouse.
During the regular legislative session each year, ALCAP maintains a running prayer list and hosts a weekly ALCAP Prayer Breakfast each Wednesday morning of the session.
One Wednesday morning during the 2020 legislative session, before it was abruptly ended due to COVID-19 and while waiting for the prayer breakfast speaker to arrive, Joe Godfrey, executive director of ALCAP, had the opportunity to lead a security guard to Christ.
ALCAP also provides resources for churches. In order to help believers learn how to become “salt and light” and make a difference in today’s culture, ALCAP now offers a downloadable video study series titled “The Forgotten Command.” The series works well as a six-week study or in a one-time retreat setting and is available to individuals, churches and other faith-based groups for free. The four-minute introductory video pairs well with the Session 1 video, and while all six of the 20- to 30-minute videos are important, the first three videos form the core of the study and can stand alone if needed. This resource will also demonstrate how to organize a Salt & Light Ministry Team in your church and/or association. The resource is available at ALCAP.com.
Finally, ALCAP supports a school program, American Character Builders, which provides online resources for public and private schools, as well as churches, to help students avoid the dangers of making choices in their lives that lead to addiction.
The latest program, dealing with the opioid crisis in America, can be found on the home page of the American Character Builders website (americancharacterbuilders.org), along with links to other programs on topics such as alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and bullying.
Thanks to the financial and prayer support of Alabama Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program and additional gifts, ALCAP and American Character Builders ministries are helping God’s people make a difference in the State of Alabama and beyond.