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!
The weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas are often times when we reflect on God’s rich mercies and grace that are ours through Jesus Christ – and we respond with thankful hearts. Our students are no different. They also, even though in prison, respond to God’s mercy and grace with thanksgiving. Many of their expressions of thanks are included in this newsletter. To God be the glory!
One thing we do for our students is pray for them. We pray for salvation for those who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and we pray that those who already have put their faith in Him will grow in their Christian walk and witness. Our students also know the value of prayer. In this issue we invite you to see their hearts as they entreat our Heavenly Father on behalf of their loved ones and as they praise God for Who He is and what He has done in their lives.
In the currrent newsletter, WPM Director Rodger Tukrley offers some thoughts on Psalm 126:6 and how it relates to the mission of Write-Way Prison Ministries. Please take a moment to reflect on this verse with us. Next, enjoy the testimonies of our students and rejoice with us as we see God at work in them – from an eleven year old nephew of a student to a graduate of our program to one of our Spanish students preaching in the prison chapel service. To God be the glory!
Being imprisoned can be a terrible experience. As one of our students put it, “Prison life isn’t a place you ever want to find yourself.” At the same time, another student reported “I have more joy than I’ve ever had in my entire life and I’m in prison!” You can read these and other “one-liner” comments from several of our students in this newsletter. As you read, please pray for them.