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!
Have you noticed that in our daily walk with God He meets us where we are, not where we wish we were or where we want to be? So it is with our students. In this issue of BLESSINGS FROM PRISON you will find three testimonies from students who have completed “Doing Time with Jesus”, a course specifically designed for prisoners. See how our gracious Lord met them where they were and led them to a closer walk with Him. Praise His Name!
What comes to your mind when you think of the love of Christ? Is it one of the great hymns of our faith, such as F. M. Lehman’s “The Love of God” or Charles Wesley’s “Amazing Love”? Is it one of the great love chapters in the Bible, such as First Corinthians 13 or First John 4? In this newsletter Rodger Turley, the director of Write-Way Prison Ministries, directs our thoughts to the greatness of His love as it relates to those who are incarcerated. As you read, our prayer is that your heart witll be aligned with ours in reaching those individuals with the Word of God.
Do you remember singing the chorus “Thank You, Lord” when your salvation was new and fresh? Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul, Thank you, Lord, for making me whole; Thank you, Lord, for giving to me Thy great salvation so rich and free. This is the sentiment our students express when they experience the joy of their salvation as they study the Word of God! Read what they say…….