Dear Friends and Family,
Today I am leaving for the first Saints Prison Ministry softball crusade of 2016! It has been a long winter and I am ready to get back to playing ball and sharing the Gospel in prison! Today we begin a 5 day trip to Central Florida to minister and play in 5 different prisons in 5 days. I would very much appreciate the prayer support for myself and the 15 other men who will be on the trip.
Here are a few very specific prayer requests for our team:
Traveling Mercies– There are 16 men going on this trip from all over the place! We have a guy flying from New Jersey, several from Georgia, one from Mississippi, and three of us from Peoria, IL! There will also be several hundred miles of travel by church bus all around the Central Florida area. Please pray that transportation won’t be a hindrance to sharing the Gospel this week!
Team Unity– This is going to be a great group to be around this week but we will be spending around 100 straight hours together! Please pray that fellowship will be sweet and moral will be high as we serve together. This is a veteran group of Saints and this will be solid group to hang out with all week on and off the field!
Team Performance– The results of the games aren’t important but it is critical that we play well and that we earn the respect of the inmates. If we play well and earn their respect, they will be more likely to stick around and listen to us share the Gospel. Please pray for tired arms and legs as we go further into the week.
Speakers– Pray for the Missionary Athletes who will be sharing their testimonies of how they met Jesus and for the Missionary Athletes who will be sharing the Gospel. I will be sharing my personal testimony with the men at Central Florida Reception Center Thursday afternoon. Please keep me in prayer that I will speak clearly and effectively communicate how Jesus has changed my life.
Families– Each of the 16 Missionary Athletes are leaving a family at home so they can minister. Please pray for all of the wives and moms who have to brave work and kids by themselves. Pray that kids will be good, cars won’t break down, and appliances won’t fall apart while we are gone! On a side note, I have appreciated the interest my kids have shown for this trip. I’m hoping that as they get older they will see a need to participate in missions trips like this and share the Gospel wherever they are at!
Devotions– I will be leading the team devotions each evening. The devotions are titled “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” and we will be discussing the cost of following Jesus from Luke 9, Mark 10, and Matthew 16.
Logistics– There are several intricate details that need to happen in order for us to do what we do! The weather forecast looks good but please pray for good weather. Pray that the staff at each facility will be accommodating to our ministry. Pray that schedules don’t mixed up causing delay. Pray for continuity as we have to use multiple hotels on this trip. Pray that the Missionary Athletes don’t forget their driver’s licenses as that is what stands between us getting in the facility or sitting on a bus all day!
Inmates– Finally, pray for the men that we will encounter as they are the purpose of this trip. Pray that they hear the Gospel and will see a need in their lives to follow Jesus!
Please keep checking here and at my Facebook page for updates throughout the week.
Thank you in advance for the prayer support and for all of the encouragement many of you have been over the last 5 years! I’m looking forward to sharing the stories from the front lines!