Grateful To God- 2014 Kentucky Crusade

Mark 16:15He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

“There is always someone who may be seeing me for the first time, I owe him my best.”-  Joe DiMaggio

Dear Friends and Family,

 

 

I am gearing up for my 6th Crusade with the Saints Prison Ministry!  Tomorrow morning 3 other Saints from the Peoria area and I are leaving for Lexington, Kentucky for a 5 day trip that will see us visit 6 prisons, play a bunch of softball, and speak to several inmates about Jesus Christ. 

 

This is a great group of prison ministers who love softball but love sharing the Gospel as well.  Please pray for our team this week!

 

Sometimes people will ask me how to pray for the Saints.  Here are a few very specific prayer requests for our team:

 

  • Traveling Mercies–  4 guys are from Peoria, 7 guys are from the greater Atlanta area, 2 guys are from Mississippi, and 1 guy is flying in from Puerto Rico!  From the time I leave my door until I get back Sunday night, I will have traveled 1524 miles! 
  • Team Unity–  We will be around each other for around 100 straight hours, including around 25 hours on a church bus!  Please pray that fellowship will be sweet and moral will be high as we serve together.  Having a week to hang out with my teammates on the bus is almost as big as a blessing as ministering in prison. 
  • Team Performance–  Softball is the tool to get into the prison and minister, but pray that we play well and ultimately play with a Colossians 3:23 attitude and play for God and not for men!  Pray for tired muscles and joints as we will be tested physically.  Our objective isn’t to go 20-0 on the trip but to play at a level that engages the inmates and earns their respect so we can be more effective sharing the Gospel in between games. 
  • 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 the Gospel on Thursday at Luther Luckett Correctional Center in LaGrange, KY  (About 70 miles Northwest of Lexington).  Also pray for the Missionary Athletes who will be in the yard distributing Gospels of John and having conversations with the men. 
  • Families–  Each of the 13 Missionary Athletes are leaving a family at home so they can minister.  As I looked up and down the roster it is easy to visualize a specific home event that would derail the focus of that missionary athlete for the week.  Please pray for all of the wives and moms who have to brave work and kids by themselves.  Pray that kids will be good (especially mine!), cars won’t break down, and appliances won’t fall apart while we are gone!  Pray for kid’s health that we won’t be worrying about sickness and ER visits during our time to minister. 
     

I am very thankful that Kelly is very supportive of what I do but pray for her as she will be juggling work, kids, and the day to day life that happens at our home all by herself!  Feel free to send her or any of the other wives a quick note of encouragement as Kelly and the other wives plays as big of a part as the missionary athletes do in this ministry!

 

  • Logistics–  Logistics?  What a weird request!  There are several intricate details that need to happen in order for us to do what we do!  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!
     
    • Wednesday–  Little Sandy CC-  Sandy Hook, KY
    • Thursday–  Kentucky State Reformatory-  LaGrange, KY
    • Thursday  Luther Luckett CC- LaGrange, KY
    • Friday–  Northpoint Training Center-  Burgin, KY
    • Saturday–  Eastern Kentucky CC-  West Liberty, KY
    • Sunday–  Green River CC-  Central City, KY
       
  • Inmates– Finally, pray for the men that we will encounter as they are the purpose of this trip.  There will ample opportunities to share the Gospel and to get literature in the hands of thousands of men.  Pray that God will soften hearts and prepare men to see a need in their lives for the Gospel.  Pray for the Christian inmates, that they will be encouraged during our visits.  Pray that God will use these games to make an eternal impact for His Kingdom! 

 

I will be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter this week.  If I am not currently friends with you, please “Friend” me on Facebook or follow me at @tgibson62 if you would like to stay posted on what we do. 

 

If you have not received a support letter from me or if you have any questions about how you can support The Saints Prison Ministry please email me. 

 

Thank you in advance for the prayer support and for all of the encouragement many of you have been over the last 3 years!  Kelly and I have been praying for years about how we serve God in missions and I am thankful I can serve in prison using a game I love. 

 

Thank you and “Go Saints Go!!”

 

Gibby

 

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