Our God is so incredibly awesome! We can trust Him with our fears, with our emotions, with our families, with our finances. There is no situation in which He cannot prove Himself faithful. His Word is completely true. He meant what He said and He said what He meant! If He is for you, who can be against you? “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) My heart is so full of love for our God who is immovable, unshakable, and undefeatable that I hardly know where to begin! While praying this morning I thought how are we going to feel when we actually see the God who we have been pleading with for all these years? I was specifying very specifically, how I needed Him to intercept the disease in the body of the son of a dear friend of mine. And I thought, if I could see Him right now, in all His magnificence, would I be so specific? Or would I realize this magnificent God, who towers over the heavens and the earth, who created every fragile thing on the planet, who was so precise in creating everything in our physical bodies to work in harmony, who made the whole universe to be in harmony, might know better than me what actually needs to be done? That’s why He said “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Because we will absolutely wear ourselves out trying to figure out all the pieces that need to fall into place to beat a disease. But He sees it from the inside out and He knows the exact process because He created all of it. So we can take our eyes off the situation and put our complete trust in the One who holds it all in His hands. When you drop your car off to a mechanic do you call him every few minutes with a suggestion for something he should try, or constantly text him your thoughts of what might be wrong and how he can try to rewire the dashboard and tell him all the things he might not have thought of? Of course not. You trust that you have left it with a professional who knows more than you do. When you pick it up, you cry a little as you empty out your wallet, but overall you drive away grateful that your vehicle is once again reliable. The only payment God asks of us is our praise. And it’s not even a sacrifice, because He is certainly worthy of it!
We had a phenomenal weekend at Northpoint. There was definitely warfare going on. On our first morning, the staff told us an inmate had just attacked an officer right before we got there. Over the weekend, we learned from the chaplain that inmates have attacked more officers this year than ever before. He said one day an inmate hit an officer so hard, he knocked him out cold with one blow, then took the officers can of mace out of its holster and sprayed two female officers in the face. There are fences inside the prison that separate one recreation yard from another, so that not all the inmates can be out in the same area at the same time. On the second day, from our fenced in area Patty seen an inmate, in a different fenced in area hit another in the face. On the third day, a fight broke out in a hallway of one of buildings between several inmates. This was the first time that I have been aware of, that there was evident violence all 3 days while we were inside the prison. We are in such a time of disrespect for authority that it is only the hand of God holding back chaos. However, in the midst of this, we seen God move! We prayed with men who had tears roll down their faces as God touched their hearts, forgave their sins, washed them with the blood of the Lamb and made them new creations in Christ. One young man told me he didn’t know why he came forward. He’s there for a sex crime and thought this now branded him for the rest of his life. As we talked, God was working on restoring his value. We cannot focus on their crime. That’s not our job. There is only one Judge, and we do not carry that title, nor do we want it. God commissioned all of us to be reconcilers. To show them there is a way to the Father. I was able to provide him with the address of a ministry that was founded by a man convicted of a sex crime who has overcome by the blood of the Lamb and now has a correspondence bible study for inmates. God knew exactly what this young man needed. What’s so beautiful about the family of God, is we all have different backgrounds, different personalities, different ways we communicate, and in the ministry setting, God pairs each of us up with the ones who need what He has given us. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.(2 Cor 1:3-4)
Patty was a ministering machine on that yard! You should see that girl in action! The only thing missing was her superhero cape. She went from table to table, sitting and talking with the men, giving them the joy the Lord has put in her. She was relentless! There was no shame to her game as she professed the good news of Jesus Christ. Whenever I felt weary, I looked for her. There was no way I was going to let her outlast me!
One man I spoke with was raised by his grandmother, who now has the same diagnosis as mom. This put him and I on level ground. We prayed together and you could see the relief as he was able to share his fear of losing her. In men’s prison, they don’t show fear or emotional weakness. On Sunday morning most of our group, and most of the inmates were in the chapel for the baptismal service. (Patty told me the power of God in there was overwhelming!) Only four inmates were in the yard. The Lord had set that time apart for this young man to be able to talk openly about his grandmother, while no one was around who would ridicule him later. The evening before he almost fell down as the power of God hit him while 2 male volunteers and myself were praying over him. Without a shadow of a doubt, he knew that God showed up for him. Since I couldn’t be in the baptismal service, here is a post from one of our volunteers who was….
By Terry Herman Dorohoff:”12 baptisms on Sunday! Many more touched by the power of God’s Truth and Holy Spirit, some had no words to even express what they experienced. One young man who accepted Jesus as LORD and Savior said he was so grateful to us for coming to them and when he tried to put it into words why, he said he could not even find the words to describe what God had done for him this weekend. ❤️ Nothing compares to watching a hardened man come up out of the water changed and praising the One True God!! It was nothing less than pure GLORY this past weekend as we watched men with hardened hearts fully consider what it would mean to invite Jesus in as the Lord of their lives while incarcerated and make the choice to Follow Him. It was nothing less than pure GLORY as we watched the Truth of the Gospel supernaturally fling open the eyes of their understanding and change the hardened man’s heart right before our eyes. To watch the Truth through the Holy Spirit open a Muslim man’s understanding to Christ the Messiah, who grew up in a Muslim community and that being all he ever knew. Watching God move on a completely wounded and destroyed heart and through his Spirit soften, love on, begin the process of healing and deliver the hardened man from anger towards God to a place of wanting to forgive God, others and himself. I am honored that God would even allow me the opportunity to be a vessel used by him in this world. I myself owe God EVERYTHING for delivering me from hell to heaven!” Thank you all for praying for us and for making it financially possible for us to do this ministry. It’s the best job in the whole world!!!
Mom wants to thank everyone who has sent cards and prayers. It has meant so much to her. She just spent five days in the hospital but is now back home. God showed up in a mighty way to strengthen and encourage her. While in the hospital, her and I watched a message from Dutch Sheets. In it, he read a prophecy from a woman in Australia about America. Her name is Lana Vawser. I am enclosing it with this letter. Please read it and be encouraged! Keep praying for America! God is not finished. We found out with mom this week, God’s word will accomplish what He sends it forth to accomplish! His hand is not too short to save! Apply His scriptures to your life the same as you would vitamins or medicine – daily! Mom’s ministry is that of an intercessor and she has not stopped her work. I have noticed when her voice has been a weak whisper, once she starts praying, it gets stronger, and when she starts speaking scripture, watch out! The strength of the Lord fills her and raises her up. You have to keep casting your line. Those prayers matter. Speaking the Word matters. His Word will change the atmosphere of your situation. Believe that He is Who He says He is, The great I Am. Be blessed in Jesus Mighty Name!