I have prayed and believe that God had a plan on 10/18/2011 for me. He showed me a need to increase the army of Christians that go out to prisons and jails to share the gospel with inmates and win the hearts and souls of those for the Lord Jesus.
I was sent to prison on 10/18/2011 for being behind on my child support and was told that I had to spend 20 days in prison or pay $4500 to get out. This would catch me up on my arrears. I had fallen behind because of work situations etc. I was totally confused and yes I was mad at society and the judicial system. I was trying to figure out how I was supposed to pay for my child support now that they had locked me up and caused me to lose the job I had just started a week before the court date. It made no sense as you did not get any compensation when you are locked up for child support. So my time started that Tuesday evening. After a day or so I had spoken to my wife and we agreed that we could not borrow that sort of money as we now had no way to pay it back as I had lost the job I just started because of being locked up.
I met a few guys and we got chatting about various things. One thing I had noticed was that there was a lack of spiritual sharing and so I started to slowly share with them. We had many great conversations and shared lots of experiences about faith and I also noticed that after saying grace before each of my meals (Which I must say were the nastiest things I had eaten since my time in the military but still was food from God) that slowly there were a few others that started to do it as well. I believe that there are a lot of Christians that get locked up for minor infractions like traffic violations etc. and when put into that environment feel intimidated to practice their Christianity for fear of being persecuted.
I want to let everyone know that at first glance going in there it is a feeling that I felt, and so I started to pray inside and God showed me my strength and washed my fears away. I have always and will always follow God's word and guidance and I want to share His word with all that I come in contact with. God will never forsake me and I pray every day for the strength to never let him down.
On 10/26/2011 to my astonishment I was called out of the cell and was instructed to go to booking. When I asked what was going on I was told that I was either being moved to another location or I was getting out. I was totally blown away when I was finally sent out to the lobby and there stood my wife. I started to cry and knew in my heart that God had provided something for us. After about 15 min I was calm enough for her to explain what had happened. I just want to say that God had sent his Angel to get me out as he had shown me what was needed and there was no need for me to be in there any longer.
And so I have been drawn to start up a Prison Ministry and to go out and share with any and all inmates that I can get to share with, the love that God has for them and that no matter what they have done in the past, God can forgive them if they just seek Him. I am doing a lot of research at the moment and still have a few obstacles standing in my way but I know that if this is God's will, He will make it happen.
If anyone has information for me about doing prison ministries I would love to hear from you. I have started to develop my website and would love and constructive input about the site and content as it is developed.
Praise and Glory be to God and I pray that you all have a fantastic weekend and take some time to look around and enjoy all the beautiful things that our Lord God has given us.