Sunday, January 21, 2007

Orientation

Out of the 300,000,000 people in America, there are currently 10,000,000+ men, women, and juviniles incarcerated in our prisons or on parole. With the current return rate at 70%, this is a serious problem. Through God's Word we know that "the truth" is our only hope for real freedom. It is exciting, then to discover that 'faith-based' programs are experiencing a 85%+ success rate in the lives of these inmates. And We Care Ministries is one of those programs making an impact....

We arrived safe and sound in Montgomery, Alabama yesterday afternoon after a day with good friends and a trip through ice-glazed Kansas. I have never seen such thick ice! Any number of front yards could pass for a skating rink!

But that's off the subject....

This morning we rose early for a full day of prison orientation, through various sessions and speakers. The above facts were shared with us and the 400+ volunteers -- we found the statistics both sobering & exciting in turn. The harvest is plentiful!

For those of you who hold our family in prayer, we have learned our 'team assignments' for the week. We will be sharing Monday & Tuesday evenings in medium security prisons near Birmingham, Alabama; A maximum security "death-row" facility Wednesday afternoon; maximum security Wednesday evening, and medium security on Thursday (near Atmore, AL).
  • Please pray that the Lord would go before us, preparing the hearts of the men and women we'll be sharing with -- and our own hearts as well!
  • We also learned that Tuesday night is the only service we'll be able to take the younger children with us (under 18). This obviously presents its challenges as we rely so much on eachother! Please pray for grace as we 'fill in the gaps' -- and for peace in the bus as the children watch out for eachother during the services.

And speaking of the younger ones -- Something tells me this little guy is going to need a refresher course on some of today's sessions!


THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!


"Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry?

Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die?
Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand?
Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you DAMNED?"
--Leonard Ravenhill


"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

John 8:32

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the Name Of Jesus Christ I pray this blessing up you.
May they be blessed, Oh Lord. May hearts be open and may they acknowledge you Heavenly Father. May you bless those serving far beyond their dreams. May you give them endurance to run this race; serving You with joy and perseverance, may others encourage them Oh Lord. Direct their every step and show them your perfect way.
In the Name of Jesus I pray this. Bless the Work of their hands and their servants hearts. Pour you perfect Love upon on them. Thank you for This Dear Family,

Victoria said...

I'll be praying.

David Kent said...

I'll be praying.

BrittLeigh said...

Wow! Some pretty amazing statistics. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys as you minister the love of God that can redeem the souls of the captive! Thanks so much for the update and for sharing your prayer needs!

Great pictures! Nathaniel looks just plain tuckered out :)

Sarah said...

Thanks for the update! You are all in my prayers!

Megan said...

Thanks for the update. It is good to know that you got to Alabama alright -- that Kansas weather sounded not the greatest for driving!

Kori said...

What a cute picture of Nathanael!! :) I'll be praying for ya'll! I hope everything went well today!

Caleb said...

We're praying for you. God bless!

Scottsburrow said...

We missed seeing you at the cancelled concert in Parsons! Too bad. It's great to read about you online. You're in our prayers!
The Scott Family

prayer partners said...

"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God." 2Cor.3:5

Trusting that you are finding Him to be sufficient for your every need as you minister in Jesus name! We are praying for you!!

Love, hugs, and 'front row smiles' to y'all!

Anonymous said...

Aw! Cute picture of Nathaneal!! He looks almost like one of my little brothers!! By the way, I have 8 sisters and 3 brothers.