Dear Prospective Voter,
When I first met Daran he was neither inherently good, nor inherently bad. He was just a regular person who had recently rededicated his life to Jesus. He did normal human things. He was special to me but not unique on the planet.
And then "It" happened.
He went to a small prayer group one Saturday morning, and I went to a Christmas program at a local church. While I was sitting, enjoying the music, God asked me if I would be willing to play the piano at that church. I told Him they already had a pianist. And then, clear as day, in the middle of the program, I saw my non-pastor husband standing in front of the church, preaching. I think this is what folks would call a "vision." I couldn't wait to get out of there to call him and let him know what I had just seen.
Well, let me tell you. He had some interesting things to tell ME when we talked. You see, as he had been praying with this very small group of men, God told him He hadn't rescinded the call on his life to preach and evangelize. I have never seen or heard anything like what happened before and after. The only way I can describe it is with the sentiments from "The Chosen" - the crowd funded TV show about Jesus' life: "I was one way and now I am completely different and the thing that happened in between was [Jesus]."
Daran was one way - a private, hard working, normal guy. And after that prayer meeting, he was totally different. He was a Man on Fire. He was up everyday at 3 or 4am, sitting in the prayer room, reading his Bible, praying, and enjoying God. He went to work and told his bosses about Jesus, he told his coworkers about Jesus, while he was throwing trash he told the Wyandotte residents about Jesus. When he came home, he'd pray over the people he'd told about Jesus. It's been several years now, and I've been waiting for it to dissipate. Each day seems to gain momentum.
I know Daran is passionate about Jesus and people and justice and decency. I know he is a man of integrity. I know he is the exact opposite of someone a true politician would want in any office. I know when he's elected, he will do the Best for the community, and he will not care about opposition. His identity and strength and character come from God, and Daran will honor God in everything he does.
I don't pretend to understand any of this. I can only tell you what I've seen. I have a deep and growing respect for Daran, because I believe he has God's favor.
P.S. That church I was sitting in during the Christmas program where God asked me to play the piano and I had a vision of Daran preaching...? The pastor called a month later and asked if I would play the piano. Daran came along and was preaching shortly thereafter.