Last Trumpet Org Ministries / Newport Beach, California
I encourage everyone as part of your walk in the Lord Jesus to do some type of jail or prison ministry out reach. It is very rewarding and a great blessing to the inmate that you visit with.
I participated with prison ministry with the Match Two prison out reach at CRC prison (Hotel California) at Norco California with inmate Michael Smith. Though Michael had some issues he later was asked by Match Two leadership to be a key note speaker for their annual year end dinner held on the woman's side of the CRC prison. This because of a letter Michael Smith had wrote to the Match Two and how participating in the Match Two program and having me as a mentor had changed his life while being an inmate at CRC. Michael Smith has no family what so ever. So I was asked to accompany Michael Smith to the very privilege year end dinner held by M2.
Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
FYI: Hotel California is the where a band member of the Eagles group did some prison time and what the song Hotel California (please see this page). Interesting enough I had met Glenn Frey of the Eagles and also had booked the Eagles band for several weeks of closed set rehearsals while I was working at GMT Studios Culver City, CA this just before the start of their Hell Freezes Over tour circa 1994. All this during the time frame that I was ministering to Michael Smith at CRC prison, Hotel California.
Most all of your prison systems and county jails have ministry outreaches. Your church may already be a part of a jail or prison ministry. If not, contact your local Sheriff office and find out who is doing ministry outreach work with them or call your state prison system and find out who has prison ministry out reaches with their facilities. Maybe you want to start a jail or prison ministry outreach for your church ? I mention this here because the homeless are everywhere and are fast and easy to work with. Working with a prison inmate or being part of a prison outreach ministry can take a little more time and is a bit more involved. Sometimes involving back ground checks and going on visits only on specific days and times. I did prison ministry work while also working with homeless Sandy and several other homeless people who were African American veterans who were shut out by "the overwhelming bureaucracy" and after a long haul of being an advocate for them, the sea of bureaucracy finally parted and things hoped for came through. All this during the same time frame. Again none of these ministry items are very taxing and as you read about them to do in Matthew 25:31-46
There are very good rewards and blessings for the obedient to the Lord's commands of to love the poor and needy and bad rewards to the disobedient , the rebellious, the selfish who rejected the Lord's commands to have love and compassion for the poor and needy and to those in prison.
Just doing all these things really helps shapes your heart into being the kind of person that our Lord Jesus Christ wants you to be. Also it helps you to appreciate the all the blessings that the Lord has blessed you with, to pause and give thanks to the Lord Jesus and not take so much that we are blessed with for granted.
Douglas Nicholson / Biblical researcher
Torah observant of Lord Yeshua of non rabbinic practices and not of Paul / Newport Beach, CA/ Last Trumpet Org
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