Last weekend I got to participate in “Prison Ministry” for the first time in my life – and it had such a profound impact on me.
Prison Fellowship Ministries has a “Bible Seminar” in the New Hampshire State Prison four times per year, and they asked me to be the Preacher this past weekend.
Nearly 100 male inmates sang their hearts out to Jesus. They shared testimonies of horrible abuse and brokenness and miraculous life-change in Jesus Christ!
Two were baptized. Many were unsaved, but heard the gospel clearly.
We celebrated Communion. It was beautiful.
I preached for 7 hours and the inmates asked for MORE. They invited me into their family. I can’t stop thinking about them.
I was so moved by what I saw there, and so many of you have asked me how it went, that I made a video about it. Please feel free to watch that video below:
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Here’s just a couple of the people I met there:
“M” is a tough-looking man with a bald head and tattoos literally from his eyebrows all over his head and to his neck. On the back of his head is a tattoo of what appears to be a demon screaming in pain. There’s another just like it on the top of his head. This man drank in the Bible teaching and gave testimony of how Jesus saved him in jail. He began to cry. I began to cry.
Another inmate told me that when he was 9-14, his father raped him regularly, and allowed his buddies to rape him for drug money. He grew up to become a Rapist and now he’s in prison. But he met Jesus there. Such brokenness. Such damage. Yet Jesus saves and Jesus is very good!
So many more testimonies.
What an honor to go into the Prison. What a Mission Field!
I’m in talks with a Pastor friend who goes in weekly. I’m hoping to join him regularly. Please pray for that. Thanks and God bless you!
Oh, one more fun thing… Every Inmate who attended every session got a certificate with the Theme of the Messages, and the theme verse.
I hand signed all of them! They asked me to sign one without a name on it, because they told me they wanted an extra. Well it turns out that the plan was to give me a certificate during the closing ceremony! So I got my own certificate. All the inmates cheered when they gave it to me. I framed it and it’s on my wall in my office!!!
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For Christ and His gospel,
Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella