Matthew 25:39-40- When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
What a great weekend in Terre Haute! Thank you to all of you who have been supporting and praying for me so far this season! This was the first overnight trip for our team and it was a great bonding experience and a small taste of what life is like on a Saints Prison Ministry Crusade!
Highlights from the Friday night game at FCI Terre Haute:
- In front of a crowd of 400 men we won our first game 17-7.
- Jesse Miller shared his story about how he came to know Jesus Christ in his life. This was his first time behind a microphone in a Saints event and he did a great job!
- I got to preach this game. I preached from Romans and shared my story about how there is nothing I can do to earn my way onto the Chicago Bears and likewise there is nothing I can do to earn my way into a relationship with God. It is by Christ alone that we are saved by Grace.
- The inmate team recovered quickly during the ministry time and came back and won game two convincingly!
- One of the inmates I talked to was named Collins and he is getting out later this fall. He shared that he was a believer and was looking forward to living for Christ on the outside. Please pray for Mr. Collins as he is getting ready to make a tough transition that many men fail at and end up back in prison!
Friday Night Dinner Topic- Veteran dads shared their perspective of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” with some of the younger guys who don’t have kids yet!
Saturday Morning game at USP Terre Haute:
- After getting through several layers of very tight security, we finally we made it to the prison yard and won a rain shortened game 19-16.
- The overall feeling was tense. The staff took the safety of the event very seriously as we were the first outside team to ever play in the facility. We only saw 13 men in the yard that day.
- Upon completing the game the staff fed us lunch. After lunch we had several very competitive ping pong games in the inmate recreation room.
- We did our ministry time inside of the prison chapel. Ray Koonce shared his life story with the men. Darrell Pine did an excellent job of sharing the Gospel. Darrell used the passage about the prodigal son and always ties the Gospel back to it really well.
- We saw one man named Johnson accept Christ that afternoon. Please pray for him as prison isn’t the easiest place to be a new believer!
Saturday Afternoon game at FPC Terre Haute:
- During our lunch at the USP the recreation officer let me know that the rain was going to be an issue. I told him that we would play in anything short of a tornado! Ultimately, there was standing water on the field and the softball games were cancelled. We quickly circled the wagons and developed a plan to play basketball with the inmates.
- The players on the inmate team were all about the size of Carlos Boozer! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Boozer)
- We were blessed to have 20+ year LEGEND Don Conner with us. Don is a great basketball player and it was a joy to see him play!
- Besides Don we had several guys who made the transition to basketball mode quite easily.
- We lost the game 68-54 but fortunately we had played well enough to keep their attention and they stayed for ministry time.
- Dustin Fitzpatrick did an awesome job of sharing his salvation story and about how God has been working in his life. I was able to speak one additional time as well.
- There was a guy named William who accepted Christ at the scorers table. Jeremy Test was able to talk with him and pray with him.
Overall we handed out over 600 Gospels and saw 12 men accept Christ! We were also able to encourage 89 brothers in Christ throughout the weekend. Please keep the men at these three facilities in prayer. There is much discouragement behind the walls of a prison. Despite what they have done to end up at Terre Haute, these men still have value! Jesus Christ loved them enough to die on a cross so they might know Him and have an eternity with Him! It is a blessing to have the opportunity to share Christ with these men who society has forgotten. Thank you again for praying and for your support!!
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