Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Beyond…
As the Lord has made An Open Door of Opportunity within many of the different prison facilities throughout the United States, I have had the awesome privilege of seeing God’s hand at work in mighty ways! With just having spent 2 weeks ministering in the Correctional Institutions of Florida, I have NO doubt that prison ministry is the call the Lord has laid upon my heart!
When you think of prison or inmates, you might think of hardened, wicked people who have either murdered, raped or have been involved in some huge atrocity that has destroyed the very purpose for their existence. But if you take a closer look at the Word of God, you do NOT find this as Jesus’ perspective! When responding to the repentant thief that was on the cross beside Jesus, I love Christ’s response, “…Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43b) or Jesus’ Words to the woman caught in the very act of adultery, “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11)
Prison is one of the most fruitful mission fields that can be found in United States today! Why? Because the Lord has used the circumstances and situations which encompass the inmates, who are incarcerated, to humble them and bring them to the realization of their desperate need for a Savior, King and Lord! Even in the modern “church” of today this spirit of brokenness and desire for reconciliation through a relationship with Jesus Christ is significantly lacking, if it exists at all. Hence, I love working with men and women whom the Lord has prepared to receive His eternal life which sets them free!
If you think of me, please pray that as the Lord continues to lead me into the many opportunities of prison ministry, I would NEVER lose sight of the whole reason FOR ministry, and that is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!! If I fail to keep my eyes set upon a personal relationship with the Lord through His Word and prayer, I have no ministry! Also, please be praying for me as I begin my 5th semester at IMI on Saturday, February 23rd 2013. I am very excited to see what all the Lord has in store for me this next semester and I am trusting Him to lead me each step of the way! God bless you all!
Sincerely In His Service,