The Contrast …
Jesus saw vastly different results to His ministry on different occasions. On one occasion, He could do no mighty works because of their unbelief. On other occasions, His ministry was received with open arms. We had vastly different results this month as we ministered in two different prisons in two different states this month.
Men’s prison in Florida
Women’s prison in Georgia
Six services in a three day revival
Three services in a three day revival
| 3 ROA missionaries and 1 volunteer each service ||
2 ROA missionaries for each service
Zero professions of faith
52 professions of faith
Same inmates year after year
Fast turnover of inmates (maximum sentence 6
Most all of the inmates at the Florida revival were
already professing Christians. No one made profession, but several of the
saints testified that they received much help from the services, and there was
a good spirit there. However, at the Women’s prison, there was a tremendous
spirit of repentance there, and much eagerness to hear the Word of God. One
lady testified to me that the church that regularly comes in to hold services
talks about the same thing every week – human trafficking and drug use. She
said it was so refreshing to hear preaching about Jesus!
On Tuesday, April 16th, at Haralson
County Jail, one of the young inmates gave a wonderful testimony. He put his
hand up while I was preaching, and I gave him permission to address the folks.
I normally never stop my preaching, but I felt led to do so, because the young
man had only been saved since our last meeting there. He said that he agreed
totally with what I was preaching about at the time, and said it proved true in
his own experience since he had been saved! It made me want to charge Hell with
a squirt gun!
We had another glorious 4-day prison revival in
Missouri, with around 20 hours of visitation, and eight preaching services. There
were three Rock of Ages missionaries, and at least two volunteers working each
day. We had a total of 190 men in the services, with two professions of faith.
We, by the grace of God, led 45 men to Christ during visitation. Only God can
do these things! Do pray for these brand new saints to grow in grace. Our Lord
is worthy of their worship, praise, and service!
Important Inmates …
Gen 39:20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him
into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was
there in the prison.
Well, here we have a high-class prisoner, indeed,
being a wonderful type of Christ on so many fronts. Both Joseph and Jesus were
imprisoned, and neither were guilty. There were certainly men who were
imprisoned before Joseph, for the prison was already there awaiting him.
However, Joseph is the first man whose incarceration is mentioned in the Bible,
as far as I can see.
Tim, Matthew, Howard, and I conducted six services
over three days in Jackson CI’s Main Unit, in Florida this month. We had a
total of 397 men in the services with seven men making profession of faith in
Christ. Jackson Ci forbids us to visit inmates in their dorms, so we conduct
Character Under Construction classes in the mornings, instead. These are the
same lessons that Rock of Ages missionaries use in the public schools, except
we use much more Scripture while teaching them. On the final day, I was
teaching on the subject of God, when an inmate raised his hand, and asked, “How
can somebody know if he is saved or not?” What an open door! He then made
profession of faith in the Lord Jesus, and that’s what it’s all about. Only
later did I learn that he had been on the FBI’s most wanted list. I’m glad I
didn’t know that at the time – I might have had a heart attack!
We also held three evening services at Jackson CI’s
Work Camp. There were two professions of faith, one on Friday night and one on
Saturday night. The first convert sought out Tim afterward. He said he had been
waiting a whole year to apologize to him for causing disruption in a service he
had conducted! The second convert (that I had dealt with) was so glad he was
saved, he told one of the officers (guards) that he had just been born again.
While the officer was leaving the prison, she came over to us in the parking
lot while we were preparing to leave, and shared with us what the inmate had
said to her. She said, “We have a happy camper in there!” Wow. What a glorious
privilege to be a co-laborer with God! Please do pray for these new converts.
One final note: today is my 49th spiritual birthday!! We love you
all, and pray for you regularly.