Good morning everyone. I hope your day is starting well, with your hearts and minds set on Jesus Christ.
The team, consisting of Mike, Sherry Jim L. and Jim H. left Brent’s at approximately 11 am on Saturday, and headed for a Detention Center, arriving at about 2:15pm.
We had a good group answer our call to service, and were pleased to see some of those present were those who had answered the call to salvation the last time the team was there. After some greetings we sat in a circle, did some introductions and opened in prayer. Jim L. led in a time of worship and the young people really got into it. It was a real blessing to listen to those young men singing songs like “There is Power in the Blood” and enjoying it. Jim leads an upbeat style of worship, and those guys really seemed to appreciate it.
Jim L. then talked to them about purpose and meaning for their life and how God has a plan for each one of them. Sherry gave a testimony of what God has done in her life and they sat listening quietly as she described the change the Lord had made in her life after coming to Jesus Christ. Jim H. then gave a short testimony, and did a short talk on Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose,” which tied in very well with the talk Jim L. had given.
Mike then talked a while about eternal solutions to our life here on earth. The young men listened closely as he talked about his own experiences and how the choices we make here decides our eternal destiny. At the end he gave them a chance to ask Jesus into their heart, and we prayed the sinners prayer together, each of the boys praying, as well as the guard that came out with them. It is amazing to see the guards so focused on the teachings in the places we go, and to hear them pray the sinners prayer alongside those imprisoned. Jesus does indeed set free, even those who didn’t know they were in prison.
After the service ended, we had a short time left to talk one on one with the boys, and I was pleased to see the change in attitude of one young man I talked with. It was quite different from when he had first entered the room.
What a pleasure it is to work with men and women across the province and tell them about Jesus Christ, the one who changes lives, brings hope to the hopeless, gives strength to the weary, and salvation to the sinner.
Thank you for your support, and as Brent would say, “Be blessed in Jesus, where real hope begins.”
James Hiscock (Jim)