“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” ― John Wayne
During our trip to the Federal Prison and Federal Camp at Terre Haute last summer several of us were stretching and playing catch in the camp outfield. We had just had lunch after leaving the FCI facility and were trying to loosen up our arms and legs while still trying to digest our Buffalo Wild Wings (I mean, what goes better with softball than chicken wings?!). Beyond the center field wall was a large scary looking concrete building. This was the United States Penitentiary. This is a high level facility with a death row that has housed (and executed) several notorious inmates over the years. The staff member who was in charge that day pointed out where the death row was and shared some war stories about working there in years past. We all looked at each other and agreed that we will never have the opportunity to play at a place that is that high level. That all changed this spring when we received a call from Terre Haute telling us how much they enjoyed our program last year and that they wanted us to not only visit the prison and camp but the penitentiary as well! This is huge for the ministry and monumental for our team which is in the middle of our third year of existence.
There are times that it is awesome to sit back and think how God has worked through normal guys (painters, factory workers, delivery drivers, teachers, etc) who were just willing to go and tell men about Jesus. It is awesome to think how He has opened doors for us to play softball and minister.
This will also be our first overnight trip as a team. To say that we are excited is an understatement. We are looking forward to the comradery that comes from taking trips like this. There is something special about spending 6 hours on a bus, sitting around a crowded Cracker Barrel table, and sitting exhausted in a hotel lobby with teammates that have been willing to play their hearts out and take the Gospel to places no one where dare take it. I am looking forward to going into battle with these men.
Pray for our guys to be bold and brave as we will be going to the roughest prison we have ever visited.
I will have some specific prayer requests that I will share in the next two weeks.
In the meantime please check out this YouTube clip that gives you a glance at what we do and how we minister.
For more information about USP Terre Haute- (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Penitentiary,_Terre_Haute)