Saturday, August 25, 2007

Across the Miles

Once again this week the iron gates latched behind us as we followed the guard through the quiet courtyard to the prison chapel, preparing for an evening with around 50-60 inmates. As Bethany has already written the many of the details of the evening, please check out her post.

As we have been blessed to visit this prison three times in the past year or so, it was great to see many familiar faces. Men who rushed up to us telling us of their prayers directly after our accident. Men smiling and nodding in anticipation of the music and the Word. And other men -- new faces -- quietly stooped in their seats, not sure what to expect.

We were in earnest prayer, too -- ourselves not knowing what to expect. Not only were our numbers limited by the 18+ age rule but having Josiah away stretched us even further!

But once again we were reminded that we serve a God so much bigger than our human limitations! So much mightier than our feeble efforts. And so far above our hopes.

As the evening came to a close and Dad shared the gospel message, eight men prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. There was a sweet spirit in the room as they prayed; sincerity written on their faces.

We thank the Lord for the local chaplain who labors to share the Word and disciple these men. May these seeds that have been planted continue to grow and bear fruit!


"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
Isaiah 55:10-11


And speaking of fruit, the past two days we've been at one of our all-time favorite places....Grandpa and Grandma's house! Amidst their ever fruitful and plenteous garden, we've been picking/pulling fresh carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and a host of other produce. We love you both bigger!

"For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."
Isaiah 55:12

4 comments:

David Kent said...

As the evening came to a close and Dad shared the gospel message, eight men prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. There was a sweet spirit in the room as they prayed; sincerity written on their faces.

And there was rejoicing in heaven!

We need dozens more familys like yours to go into the prisons. I say that because in my limited knowledge it seems like your outreach is so effective contrasted with just a Pastor or Preacher speaking to the men. But since there aren't, I wonder how....

I'll be praying for those men - both those who have received Jesus as their Savior and those who haven't, and for all the others throughout the country. Satan is constantly on the prowl trying to undo good and we need to keep praying for and discipling those who have received Christ.

Jacob said...

OK, I'm praying. I'm really glad with you that for the salvation the Lord worked this weekend!

Make sure to let us know before you go back again, so we can pray for you.

Peace! --Jacob

KarenW said...

It thrills my soul to be in a place where the Spirit of the Lord is so evidently there! Oh, the Joy of loving and serving the Lord!

Anonymous said...

That's awesome! A few of those verses from Isaiah I just posted on my blog!