"Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. THEN they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and HE SAVED THEM from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the desspest gloom and BROKE AWAY THEIR CHAINS. Let them gives thanks to the Lord for his UNFAILING love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron." Psalm 107:10-16
This past Saturday Wade and I went to the Lincoln, IL prison to be part of Bill Glass' Day of Champions. This is a prison ministry that goes to prisons all over the country telling the Good News of Jesus. I must admit that I was a little hesitant when Wade told me he wanted to be a part of this. He has done prison ministry 3 prior times in Texas. I felt like the women in prison wouldn't accept me and wouldn't think I had a clue what they were going through. I was very suprised then by the warm welcome we received. Many of these people never receive even one visitor, so to have a whole group of women there who were happy to see them and who put a show on for them was a big deal.
There was a woman, Emille, who sang and gave her testimony to the ladies, they really loved the music. Then there was another lady, Tanya, who did her ball handling routine for everyone. She was so cheerful and the radiance of the Lord shown on her face. It was quite amazing because for that time it didn't really feel like we were in prison.
I met several women in the prison who I really believe are Christians. They came to Jesus while in prison and have already been ministering to those around them. At first I wondered if going would really make a difference, but I also know that the only thing that will make a difference in the lives of these women is JESUS. He is our only hope. By the end of the day, everyone was so hot, sweaty and tired, but the Lord was working. I prayed for 3 women to receive Christ!! It is very easy to be skeptical and think, well maybe they really didn't mean it, but the Lord knows the heart. Apart from Jesus' blood covering our sin we are all deserving of death but praise Him that HE made a way for us! So, with some apprehension I went, and the Lord blew me away.
Like Corrie Ten Boom says, we are all prisoners of something. Whatever your prison is, turn it over to Lord, He sets the captives free!! NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE LORD!
"What is impossible with men is possible with God." --Jesus, Luke 18:27