As we enter the holiday season our hearts are full of thanksgiving as we meditate on all that God has given us so freely, but we also remember our students. As you read this month’s newsletter you will meet Richard, who has grown in his walk with the Lord through the Bible study courses offered through Write-Way Prison Ministries. We give thanks for what God has done in his life. You will also meet Mary Helen, who asks us to be especially diligent in prayer for our students as the holiday season is often a time of sadness and longing for their families.
God is at work in the prisons of Texas and Louisiana today. Much like in the free world, God has gifted some of the inmates with the spiritual gift of evangelism. You will be inspired as you read how God is using Matthew to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Another testimony tells us ways that Satan is fighting back. As God’s Word goes into the prisons and jails, pray with us that His Word will not return to Him empty but will achieve His purpose (Isaiah 55:11).
Giving thanks: the Psalmist tells us to give thanks to the Lord and to praise His Name (Ps. 100:4) and Paul told the church at Colossee to be thankful (Col. 3:15). As our students get into the Word of God and discover new life in Christ, they often cannot help but express thanksgiving to the Lord. Read this month’s newsletter to catch this spirit of thanksgiving – and then give thanks yourself for His great work in their lives and ours.
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!
Two verses from Psalm 119 come to mind as we read the testimonies of those students who have recently come to know Jesus Christ as Savior as well as those who have been walking with Him for some time. Give thanks to our Father as you see anew the truth of these verses in the lives of our students: “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word.” (119:9) and “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (119:11).
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!
We are both excited and thankful that the initial process is underway for the upgrade of our student database program! We continue to stand in awe and bow in thankfulness as we see the hand of our Lord in this ministry. You can read about the progress in the funding for this upgrade in the current news-letter.
Each month we cannot help but rejoice at the faithfulness of our Lord as we see how He has worked through Wirte-Way Prison Ministries for His glory. First and foremost we are rejoicing with the angels in heaven over the 70 men and women who have come to know jesus Christ as personal lord and Savior during the month of April, 2015! We also rejoice as we look back and consider how God has allowed us to keep track of the thousands of students who have studied God’s Word with us since our current database, Gradesys, was created 30 years ago. Now we are excited about the future as we begin the process of modernizing this tool as we continue serving the inmates of Texas and Louisiana. You can read more about this in this month’s newsletter.
- Springtime is always a time that reminds us of new life, from trees putting out new leaves to flowers blooming and to birds building nests, all of which we see at the home office in Garland, TX. What is not so visible is the new life that is taking place in the prisons and jails of Texas and Lousiana as men and women come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through the Bible studies that they receive from Write-Way Prison Ministries. In this issue of “Blessings From Prison’ you can not only enjoy pictures of the roses and irises gracing our grounds, but you can also read of changed lives.