And now our hearts turn to focus on more than the practical side of the trip. Yes, buses and transportation are needful, but they are only tools enabling us to fulfill a greater purpose.
Yesterday was the start of the We Care prison crusade --a day filled with orientation to cover details, hearing other music teams and sirring messages to prepare our hearts for the upcoming week.
I was reminded again of statistics that were shared last year ---
Out of the 300,000,000 people in America, there are currently 10,000,000+ men, women, and juveniles 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 through our presence and your prayers, we have the opportunity to share God's Word with many of these men and women this week. Beginning tonight we will be going into four different prisons over the course of the next few days -- three men's facilities and one women's.
A few specific prayer requests:
- An openness and hunger in the hearts of the inmates.
- A total reliance on the Lord's wisdom, grace, and strength -- not only for our family, but also for the 300+ volunteers who are also serving here this week.
- Flexability as we will have two services without our younger children (under 18).
- Fruit! Pray earnestly both for our brethren behind bars to be encouraged and for the unsaved to be drawn to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."