We have been going inside this facility weekly for eight months. We are beginning to see the birth pangs and now know the ground has been broken as seeds have been being planted. We know He has a harvest within these gates that will come to pass as HE promises HIS word does NOT go out void and accomplishes HIS purpose. (1 Cor 3:7) Until then we wait, be still and KNOW HE IS GOD, but we are starting to see the fruits of the labor- His harvest. It has been slow at coming and we know that plowing is never a “fun” thing but a necessity for the harvest. To GOD be the GLORY!
Please, pray with us as these souls are being harvested for HIS Kingdom and they are growing and being filled for HIS Glory. May these lights shine upon others and may it spread HIS truth through this facility to those who aren’t coming to the studies so they too can hear, see, and know their Savior.
Pray with us as some of these ladies are now being released to the outside world and some do not have Christian support waiting for them but instead are facing the life of a harsh reality. It is often stated that the strong ones make it but the weak come back, however, we know it is our LORD and Savior who is the only way a person is truly set free and made strong. Pray for these ladies and their foundation in the knowledge of HIM to be made sound and may they be lifted to stand upon the ROCK and not return to the pit they have known for so long. May they truly sing a new song and have the full armor on to withstand the darts from the enemy.
Last month while I was sitting for over an hour in the parole office I heard heart breaking stories from some men returning back inside behind the bars. It has made us realize the impossibility of change outside the gates without the Savior but also without a support system. Yes, some who are released do know Christ as their savior but coming out to the world and standing alone is still very hard. Coming out to supportive families, friends, Christians, unconditional love, or kind environments isn’t the norm for many. Many of those being released truly are HIS warriors and we believe it is our responsibility, and call, to stand beside them, encourage them, be there so they do not stumble or fall. It just takes ONE person to believe, support them, be there for them, be the someone they can turn to in times of stress and heartache. JESUS called us to be there for one another. We cry out to HIM for their sake and may they cry out to Him and know He has sent a friend to stand and walk with them.
Peter was told by JESUS ahead of time that he was going to deny Christ. Christ knew his heart. Christ knew that Peter didn’t want to deny him, wanted to love him, wanted to serve him to the end but Peter was unable to do this in his own strength. Even as Christ knew this of Peter He still chose to die for him. When Peter repents who is there? Christ is there with open arms receiving him and calls him “the rock”. To have the LORD JESUS whom you have denied receive you, forgive you, pour His grace upon you and call you the “rock” shows how much He loves us and knows us.
Oh, Father God, may you show us your strength in times of weakness and may we all stand upon You in times of trials and temptations. Show us how to be the encouragement and support that others are in need of and where you want to use us. May all of these Christian brothers and sisters who are being released from prison find that You are there, that You care, that You have not left them or forsaken them and may we lift one another up and be used for Your GLORY!
May we never forget the value of a friend!
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
The Value of a Friend
Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
What this means from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary;
“In all things union tends to success and safety, but above all, the union of Christians. They assist each other by encouragement, or friendly reproof. They warm each other’s hearts while they converse together of the love of Christ, or join in singing his praises. Then let us improve our opportunities of Christian fellowship.”