The S4K Team has adopted Hope as our theme for 2019. This was a collaborative decision and seemed to be placed on each of our hearts before discussion even began. Perhaps that was in part because of the things we had witnessed in the weeks or months leading up to the new year. Let me share just a few…
A couple of months ago, Matt, a young man at a service at Algoa Correctional Center was so broken and wept so much that James felt the tears and snot fall from Matt’s face. A few weeks later Matt opened up a Friday night service in prayer. A phrase stuck out to me and I wrote it down just as he said it – “It’s so good to have hope in a place of hopelessness”. He was and is so thankful for God’s precious gift of hope that he received when he surrendered his heart to Jesus just weeks prior.
This past Sunday we went to Farmington Correctional Center and held two services (FCC is one of the largest prisons in Missouri and houses levels of offenders). The morning service on A-Side has an amazing chapel band who accompanied me as I led the music portion of the service, it was beautiful and hearing their voices raised together praising the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, declaring who He is and who they are in Him brought me to tears. Two men gave their lives to Jesus at the altar call, a deaf man knelt at the altar and signed his prayers and petitions to the Lord. So many amazing things to behold that I simply can’t recount them all with words.
That afternoon we held a smaller, yet just as powerful service on B-Side. A 70 year old gentleman named Jack came to faith in Christ. At 10 years old his parents took him to a church service and while there he stole 27 cents from the offering plate. His mother caught him and told him he was doomed to spend eternity in hell. So Jack, for 60 years, carried this burden, lived life with no hope until…Jesus reached down and rescued him, his eyes were open to the truth of the hope of the Gospel and Jack received Jesus into his life.
The posts we make about the men who accept Jesus, this many and that many, the names we…you…pray over, they are more than numbers and names…they are people, God’s children and they need hope. The precious hope that only Jesus can give them through faith in Him.
Hope – the confident expectation of what God has promised. God has promised that whosoever calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved. That He will give peace and a life more abundant. Help us give the incarcerated confidence and expectation in what God has promised. Join us in 2019 in giving HOPE to prisoners and anyone that crosses your path. Give the gift of hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
Sing for the King,Christy Hoagland