Traveling in ministry has its moments:
Happy moments of family memories made together.
Tired moments from full schedules.
Cramped moments of trying to cook, manage school, and music practice within the confines of the bus.
Excited moments of catching up with friends and meeting new people.
Awe-filled moments of watching the Spirit of the Lord move in mighty ways.
Yesterday was one of those awesome moments.
We were scheduled to share a prison service in Wisconsin. The chaplain contacted us in advance, letting us know that only 100 men were permitted to attend the service, but 174 men were already signed up for the event. After talking together, we decided to appeal to the chaplain and warden. Would they permit us to present two back-to-back services, enabling more men to attend?
Upon arrival, we discovered that they would, indeed, allow us to share twice. We were thrilled! We passed through security and set up our sound equipment. The men filed in, dressed in matching prison garb. Some faces eager and excited. Some downcast with pain-filled eyes. Dad, Matthias, and Stephen greeting them, engaging them in conversations while we girls provided background music.
Each service was almost filled to capacity. We shared 20 minutes of music, followed by Dad teaching from God's Word and a time of invitation and prayer. How do you capture in words the awesome moving of God's Spirit? The hardened eyes, softening; hungering. The realization that there is HOPE in Jesus.
We stood there, singing; earnestly praying. Marveling as God's hand reached down and touched the hearts of these men. Eighteen men responded to the gospel during the two services. What a joy it was to see the light in their faces as they responded! The chaplain has such a heart to minister to these men. Please join us in prayer over these coming days as he seeks to disciple these new believers?! Pray for the men there who already know Christ, that they might be rooted and grounded in God's Word.
And finally, thank you for partnering with us as we share God's powerful Word. We're in awe of His goodness and mighty acts. Praise His Name!
"As long as I see any thing to be done for God, life is worth having;
but O how vain and unworthy it is to live for any lower end!"