Even though the St. Patrick’s Day snow storm threatened the trip, our love for God & ministry compelled four members of the Prison Christian Ministries team to proceed to the Jail Chapel. Those who assembled were first-timers, as far as we were concerned.
Even though we had no music, Jim led several worship songs from the PCM song sheets. All songs were chosen by the inmates, who participated as much as was possible for them; one lady was even willing to do a solo on one number. What a lovely voice! Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, Jim also reminded us that the Miramichi City Community was historically very Irish, and gave a brief history of St. Patrick: Missionary to Ireland, also known as Apostle, Patron Saint and the Enlightener of Ireland.
The theme scripture of the month is Proverbs 19:3 – A man’s own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the Lord. The New Century Version reads, People’s own foolishness ruins their lives, but in their minds they blame the Lord.
Sherry shared how that as a young lady, she went her own way, seeking satisfaction. Although today she enjoys God’s total forgiveness with His peace and presence, she still suffers long term physical consequences from the five years of that lifestyle. As usual, when she speaks, the inmates were held in rapt attention.
Then Brent shared his story of the rebellion of his youth, resulting from various sources of childhood emotional pain. BUT GOD came into his life, blessed him to be a successful business man, and gave him a heart to minister to those incarcerated. Tears flowed as hearts were touched when Brent shared from his heart.
Mike concluded the Service, with a testimony of his changed life and giving an altar call to which most responded.
Before we separated, a time of fellowship was enjoyed. The inmates also gathered around the table set up with books provided by the friends of this Ministry who donate to this cause. The effects of our visit will be ongoing as these folks took several books back to their rooms to read, which will then be passed on to others for their benefit. Thus you can see, the givers and the goers are all important and the rewards in Heaven will be shared. by Jim Lewis