I spent the last couple of days in a women’s prison in Cleveland, OH. Almost 600 women live there. They had the opportunity to attend several shows orchestrated just for them. They saw many performers who were carrying out a mission of one mind – to share the love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ.
I had divine one-on-one appointments with 14 women and I shook the hands and smiled at countless others. There is no way to measure the true impact my presence had on the lives I connected with – but none of this is about me. My continual prayer was “Empty me out, Lord. Let me shine You today.”
These are the names of the women I spoke and prayed with. Please pray for each of them if the Lord lays that burden on your heart:
A sincere thanks to all of you who pray for me as I walk through my life of prison ministry.
Ps… Here is a ‘God happening’ which happened at Mansfield Prison:
My prison ministry partner, Bill, was a coordinator at Mansfield (men’s) Prison…
One of the volunteers just happened to find out ahead of time that he was going to be going to Mansfield. The volunteer looked up the prison on the internet to find out more about the prison. He learned that they have a death row and about 30 guys live on death row.
The volunteer started praying fervently that God would allow him to go onto death row to share the good news of Christ with the inmates there.
- Side Note: Mind you… most of the guys on death row are nasty, evil, and wicked. They will often hurt people if outsiders get too cexercise/>lose to the bars in their cells (breaking arms, etc)….. often times – they will save their excrement and throw it at people walking by…. they are bad. They need Jesus.
So anyways…. this guy is praying and asking God to go on death row!!
When all the volunteers got into the prison… the first word was NO. No one was going to be allowed onto death row…. but… eventually, the prison warden let ONE person go to death row…. and the volunteer was the one!!
The first day… he led one man to Christ…. the second day, he led another man to Christ….
Amazing!!!! What a wonderful example of faith-walking in the Name of Jesus!!!!
We may never know the rest of the story…. but we do know how it ends…. Those men on death row will be in heaven after they breathe their last breath of life.