Each week I have the blessing of being able to go into Miller County Jail. I’m allowed to go into the men’s maximum Pods B, C & D.
This week I went into Pod B and held Bible Study and prayer with the men there. The men in this pod always have several questions and we get to discuss the Word of God with them.
When it was time for me to go to Pod C – the men weren’t in their Pod – they had been allowed to go out to the recreation yard. Sadly – Pod D men were on “lock down” so I wasn’t allowed to go into their pod and share. Soooooo on the way out you have to pass the windows into the recreation yard. When we got to the window I saw the Pod C men and waved at them. When several saw me they started waving and coming toward the window and door. One of them rushed up to the crack in the door and began to recite the verse Galatians 2:20 that I had challenged them to memorize the week before. Then another man wanted me to wait so he could say his. The guard asked them did they want to go back in and go to church – and they said YES. So…we waited and these men all went back to their pod and we held church! Five of these men were able to recite the “memory verse” for the week! They then asked if they could have another one or two to memorize. This pod has been doing this week after week for about 5 weeks. What a blessing to see some of them REALLY finding Jesus in the jail house instead of getting “jail house” Jesus!!!
Please whisper a prayer for this ministry. I’m not gullible about the jail ministry. We have seen some “appear” to “get it” and “get right” only to get out and quickly go back to the streets and old life. However – we have seen MANY find the Lord and leave jail/prison and begin to lead a changed life. We have several at Life House who have “been there/done that” and yet Jesus is real to them and they are living a new life for Him.
This ministry is just one of many that Life House seeks to do to reach people wherever they are. Jesus said He came to bring LIFE and give it more abundantly. Pray that we can SHARE LIFE in all of our ministries and programs that we seek to have for our community.
I’m thankful to be the pastor of Life House! Pastor James