2017 Lake Erie Crusade- Day 5

July 25, 2017

(Note:  Written on 7/16/17 and published on 7/24/17) For whatever reason, day five of the trip is always the earliest.  We have to be awake earlier than normal.  We have to run down our uniforms from the laundry guy early.  We have to make sure we are not only packed for the day but that we are packed for the trip home. There is a tension between loving what we…

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2017 Lake Erie Crusade- Day 4

July 25, 2017

(Note: Written on 7/15/17 and posted on 7/24/17) Day 4 of a Saints Crusade is always tough but it is so important that we show up to each prison as if we made the entire trip just for them.  I had something give out in my elbow/shoulder/bicep yesterday while making a throw from the outfield.  Throwing, hitting, and even brushing my teeth this morning was quite painful.  If you go…

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2017 Lake Erie Crusade- Day 3

July 25, 2017

(Note: written on 7/15/17 and posted on 7/24/17) One of my favorite memories of growing up was being 13 & 14 years old and working on fly balls with my dad in the horse pasture behind our house.  My dad would work construction all day in the Midwest sun and humidity and then come home and hit fly balls to me before dinner.  I had actually gotten to a point…

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2017 Lake Erie Crusade- Day 1 and 2

July 25, 2017

(Note:  Written on 7/14/17 and posted on 7/24/17)   Today was my day one of the Crusade however, it was day two for the team.  I was in Chicago, IL as our team took the field  at Richland CI in Mansfield, OH.  They split the two games and saw 12 men make decisions to follow the Lord.  That was a first for me to miss a day but in the…

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2017 Lake Erie Crusade- Prolouge

July 20, 2017

(Written on 7/13/17) I love jury duty. I know most people loathe it and are frustrated by anything involving the government but it is one of my favorite things to do. I have only been summoned twice and I have never been picked for a jury but I still love it. It is basically a one week study hall where I can read in peace, write with no distractions, and…

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Lake Erie Crusade Starts Wednesday!

July 11, 2017

I am really looking forward to traveling to Ohio this week to take part of what will be my 12th Crusade with the Saints Prison Ministry. Here is the itinerary for this trip: July 12-  Richland CI (This is in the same complex where they filmed Shawshank Redemption!) July 13-  Lake Erie CI and Trumbull CI July 14-  Grafton CI Camp and Main Prison July 15-  North Central CC Camp…

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Benny the Jet and the Best 30 Minutes at a Picnic Table

July 10, 2017

I am so tempted to start this post talking about one of the softball games we played this weekend. I mean, REALLY TEMPTED. Instead, I am reminded about how we use softball as a tool to go to prison and share the Gospel with men that live there.  It is such a unique tool because we reach quite a few men that normally wouldn’t have anything to do with a…

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My Goodbye to Turkey Bowl

July 6, 2017

1 Corinthians 9:19-23– For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.  To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.  To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being…

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Inside the Mind of Gibby- Episode 2- The Wheels on the Bus Go…

July 5, 2017

Last summer the ministry purchased a 1996 Ford 26 passenger bus for our team. It wasn’t beautiful, but one of the greatest selling points of the bus was that it had new brakes and new tires.  We knew the AC needed work, but we had a bus! The IL Saints had been carpooling to prison for years and this bus would give us the opportunity to finally travel together in…

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Saints Prison Ministry Equipment Donation Drive with the Peoria Chiefs on July 30th!!

July 1, 2017

On Sunday, July 30th, the Central Illinois Saints Prison Ministry softball team are going to have an equipment drive at Dozer Park at 6:30 pm as the Peoria Chiefs take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  We will be set up on one of the concourses and will be accepting all baseball and softball gloves and equipment. We have a limited number of tickets available at a discounted rate of $9…

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