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Prison Ministry

Those behind fences and razor wire… they are included in the Great Commission – Mt 28:18-20     (public domain pic)

Thank you to everyone who prayed for us while we were involved with prison ministry this winter. This year the two outreaches in Alabama and South Carolina were back-to-back weeks and there were many answers to prayer. We never tire of seeing God work!

We are thankful to God privilege to be involved and to be able to serve Him together as a family

Week one was in Alabama with WeCare’s ReNew Hope outreach. One especially memorable moment was at a certain facility we sang “Chain Breaker”…and we have found that in a lot of prisons it’s very common for inmates to already know that song and sing it with us…but here it was different. They sang it with all their heart. Although this wasn’t planned, the evangelist that night came up at the end of the song and right then shared the gospel and gave an invitation to respond. God was working as men left their chairs to talk and pray with the ministry volunteers. And as that was going on, we sang the song again, all together. It’s true—we have all experienced chains at some level…but Jesus can break those.

so many people come to serve during ReNew Hope

After Alabama we skipped over to North Carolina for a couple nights.

and enjoyed much laughter with friends

Week two was in South Carolina with Gospel Express.

preparation for the week ahead

The first night of the outreach we were in such a tiny room…with fifteen inmates showing up it was a pretty full house. But it was a wonderful evening. That night one of the men decided to accept Jesus as his Savior. Apparently it was surprising that he had even decided to come, but when he left he poked his head back in the room and said something like, “I found real peace tonight!”

regrouping time of worship and sharing

On the last day, after the service the ministry volunteers were called to the front of the chapel, and one of the inmates prayed over all of us. The church behind the fences has really been an encouragement to us over the years. They love the Lord and are not ashamed. But being a follower of Jesus in prison is not easy, so pray for our brothers and sisters. They are the ones who are in the prisons day and night with the chance to share the message of true freedom. Pray for them to be strong.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 NKJV

Thanksgiving

We have found in the last several years that Tennessee is a great place to spend Thanksgiving! Not because of the beautiful mountains and a few green leaves still hanging onto the trees…but because we get to be with people we love. And as we sat around the table with grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins and said what we were thankful for, over and over again it was mentioned—family. So here is a photo recap of our time with them!

always a feast!

one of the dogs had an assigned seat next to Dad, since she is now his Thanksgiving buddy (click here to see how it started)

That weekend was Grandpa’s birthday so it was fun to celebrate with everyone.

Grandpa with three of his sons and four of his grandsons

The last night we were there we piled into two vehicles and went to the nearby NASCAR speedway to drive through a lengthy Christmas lights display. It was a lot of fun.

amid the many displays we were glad to see the true meaning of Christmas represented

It probably took over an hour to drive through the drag strip and winding road full of lights which led into the speedway.

entering the speedway

yes, that is our 15-passenger van driving on a nascar track

We’re grateful for family and the time spent together. And heading home we got to stay with more family…climaxing with a late-night major snowball fight!

snowy smiles

It is good to give thanks to the LORD. Psalm 92:1 NKJV

September Trip North

Not too long after getting home from our more southern excursion we loaded up to head north. It was a beautiful time in the season to drive to Thunder Bay, Ontario. NEFC (Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) was hosting an outreach weekend of music and messages and it was exciting to have a chance to be a part of it! We knew many of the people involved and in some ways it was almost like a family reunion.

there were a number of music groups that played several times over the weekend

Daniel and Jonathan did a great job helping with the sound

along with singing some shared their testimonies

smiling faces at the book table

On Saturday evening there was a group of young people that came who probably had little to no church background. Most of them really seemed to be paying attention to the message being shared that night.

Gary Quequish preached several times

these two may have had too much fun together

we were grateful to be here

The gospel went out so many times over the weekend in Thunder Bay and through the radio. Pray for lasting fruit! God is the one who gives the increase.