Monthly Archives: May 2020

Prison Ministry 2020

A report from our prison ministry opportunities earlier this year!

In Alabama, two of the prisons we went to were ones we’d never been to before. For one of those, we were paired up with the same evangelist we went with into our very first prison ever (which was a women’s prison).  For the other, we went in with the evangelist who had gone with us into our very first men’s prison.  It brought back sweet memories from the past.  This year we also got to go back to a women’s prison and a women’s home we’ve been to in the past.

It’s always encouraging to see how God is working every night during the services, whether that is shown by tears, smiles, people joyfully singing along, or responding to an invitation. No two nights are the same.

lunch outdoors in January…we can’t do this at home!

Something that is always neat to experience is when inmates gather together with us and the other volunteers to pray before the service. What a testimony of the power of Jesus Christ…He changes people’s lives!  Wish we could show you pictures, but cameras are not allowed.

volunteers gathering for worship, prep and prayer

One day in SC we girls were able to go into a women’s prison earlier in the day with the other volunteers to play volleyball with the inmates. It was the first time we had done anything like this and it was neat to be able to meet and interact with some of the women before the service that evening. We were going to have to go back to the gate when the rest of our family arrived, and by that time it had begun to rain…hard. It was pouring and blowing so intensely while we were unloading the van that one gust of wind blew enough rain into our clothes to be able to wring them out. Normally, protocol at prison is to calmly unload, but under these circumstances we were scrambling, getting everything inside as quickly as possible to save it from the torrents.  (It’s one of those things we found amusing later.) The prison staff were so helpful and gracious, and although they didn’t know if we would be able to hold the service that night due to the severe weather, they gave us a room to wait in. And we prayed. After a while, the rain let up enough for us to make the move to the gym, and the service was able to happen. Many women responded to the message from God’s Word that night. We are so thankful the rain was only a delay!

what was left of our umbrella

After we were finished in South Carolina, we were heading to Mississippi and went out for dinner on our way back through Alabama. We got to talking with the waitress and told her what we had been doing the past couple of weeks, and she couldn’t believe it…she had once been in prison herself, but she had come to know Jesus and is working on starting a ministry for women. Needless to say, we were all encouraged by “running into” each other!

Praise God for all that He is accomplishing inside and outside prison fences.

So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

1 Corinthians 3:7 NKJV

Garden Hill

Garden Hill is a remote community in Manitoba that, until January, we had been to as a family only once before…over six years ago!

This is now the first fly-in community we have been to since the plane crash. It was difficult to fly again, but God was so faithful. And we are grateful to people who were praying for us through the whole journey of faith surrounding that weekend.

loading up

we flew over miles of bush

we landed in Island Lake…

…and drove across the frozen water to Garden Hill

The church up there had invited us to come again and sing at some special meetings which also involved other people from the community and from elsewhere. It was a privilege to be able to be there.

Dad and Ernie…friends for many years

lots of people shared songs and testimonies over the weekend

Arnold (singing), the pastor, has such a heart for people to receive the gospel. Pray for him and his wife as they faithfully serve Jesus.

the boys are much taller than they were last time we were here!

On Sunday we went to the local TV station to sing and for Dad to share a message.

the guys rode in the back of the truck to the station!

During the course of the weekend we had a good time getting to visit with people we don’t see very often, and enjoyed some home cooking Garden Hill style!

…like bannock!

At the Sunday afternoon service we were blessed by the testimony of a man who is known by the nickname “Happy Feet,” because he is so full of joy and thankfulness for God’s salvation! As individual Christians, what are we known for? What comes to people’s minds when they think of us?

Sunday evening was a really special time…believers from the other nearby communities came together for the service. It was not constrained by time, and what a night it was as people shared songs and testimonies, prayers were lifted up, and God’s Word was spoken. It was so neat to be a part of a gathering like that.All weekend we were well-cared for, with people shuttling us around in vehicles, cooking food, and opening their homes to us. Thank you to everyone who blessed us!

Monday was head-home day. Back across the frozen lake to the airport we went!

waiting for the plane to arrive…and in case you’re wondering, those are sleeping bags all wrapped in white

the community where the airport is located

We got to enjoy the sunset that evening from the air. Amazing!  What a mighty God we serve!

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him. Psalm 68:4 NKJV