One of our branch volunteers painted this thought on a display board: “God sometimes takes us into trouble waters – not to drown us but to cleanse us.” Many of our students are experiencing “troubled waters” as they serve time for what they have done in the past. At the same time, many have experienced the cleansing that has come with knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Read their testimonies in this months newsletter.
As we look back on 2016, we are rejoicing and praising God for the over 900 students that came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior during the year. We also rejoice with thankful hearts for the many hundreds more who were able “to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18, ESV) as they studied God’s Word.
When the angel appeared to the shepherds on that first Christmas evening, his message was “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” And this message is still one of great joy which is for all people. This is the message many people in the prisons and jails in Texas and Louisiana have been able to embrace because of your faithful prayers and financial support. To God be the glory!
A few weeks ago the Lord graciously confirmed to Write-Way that this is His ministry. While one of our volunteers was shopping in the Houston area, the Lord orchestrated a meeting with some ex-offenders who were shopping in the same store. They told her that they were shopping as part of a prison ministry to help men coming out of prison. She replied that she was also a part of a prison ministry. Their reaction when she told them that her ministry was Write-Way confirmed that this indeed is the Lord’s work. You can read the whole story, complete with pictures, in this month’s newsletter.
In this edition of Blessings from Prison we are sending God’s Word into prisons and jails in Texas and Louisiana. Write-way Prison Ministries is the Lord’s ministry, not ours, and we continue to be thankful that He has called us to join Him in this great work. We rejoice that in August alone, 91 students came into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through the study of God’s Word and many more were able to grow in their faith.
Paul wrote to the church at Phiippi: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19, 20 (NKJV). As you read this month’s newsletter, see how our God supplies the needs of the ministry of Write-Way. Also see how He supplies the needs of our students. Join us as we give Him the glory!
Luke 15 records three parables of Christ – the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son – that tell us how much God values each person and what rejoicing there is in heaven when a sinner repents. In this issue of “Blessings From Prison” are recorded the testimonies of several men and women who have repented and have caused great rejoicing in heaven. Let us join in that rejoicing!
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplish-ing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11, NASB) This is a promise from God’s Word that we claim at Write-Way as we send the Bible correspondence courses to our students. This month we rejoice in the 69 students who accepted Christ as their Savior. In addition we rejoice in the spiritual growth of our students who already know the Lord.
The Psalmist declared that God’s people should “Give thanks to Him, bless His name, for the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4b, 5) Join us in thanksgiving and praise for the great lovingkindness and faithfulness that He showed to Write-Way Prison Ministries throughout 2015. We are excited to see what He will do in 2016! May He find us faithful.
What is in a name? At this season of the year we exult in the name of Jesus. Matthew exulted in this Name in his gospel. In the first chapter we find Matthew declared Jesus to be the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (1:1) He recorded that Joseph was told to “call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins”. (1:21) He noted that Isaiah had foretold that His name would be “Immanuel, which translated means, ‘God with us'”. (1:23) Paul later declares that “at the Name of jesus every knee will bow….and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”. (Philippians 2:10-11) Let us exalt His Name together!