We have had a busy start to the new year. We continue our weekly studies/worship services at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution, Century Correctional Facility and the Escambia County Jail.
The Century Spanish worship service is going well. The men are very interested in learning the Bible and growing in grace. Dr Haag teaches/preaches in Spanish, but I need a translator. The men and I have a lot of fun with my Spanish. I am still trying to lead them in the songs in Spanish know, but I can tell from their smiles I’m messing up a bit. All for the Lord!
In Santa Rosa we have started a series of lessons on the book of Revelation. I say started, as we have gotten a bit side tracked trying to explain the errors of Calvanism and Arminianism after a student asked a question. But it’s all good. I did complete an introduction of Dispensationalism in preparation to our Revelation study. So we are making progress.
Our study at the County jail has always been fruitful. We usually lead off with “Meet Me There”, the words come from famous blind song writer Fanny Crosby. The men who attend our study ( and guys in the cells that don’t!) will echo “Meet Me There” in the refain. I tell them we need to cut a CD!
If your image of a jail is having doors with bars, not much in creature comforts, loud, crowded, all kinds of people, you’re picturing County jail. Many get saved in this ministry and we get to disciple quite a few that are awaiting trial (sometimes months). Many have moved on and they tell us before they leave how grateful they are for visiting with them. Makes it worth it.
Looking forward, we just picked up another once a month opportunity at Century to hold Sunday worship services (this complements our Sunday services at Okaloosa Correctional Institution). In addition, we may get the opportunity to do a prison revival this year in Texas.
Appreciate all the prayers for the ministry and our volunteers.