A Prayer and a Praise!

I want to thank the Lord for the blessing He allowed me at my Prison Bible study! When I go to Charleston prison on Monday evenings, I have a long walk to Unit A. Since it’s not an easy task for me to walk that far, Mrs. Higgins got it approved for me to use the library, which is a much shorter walk. Thank you Mrs. Higgins! And thank you Lord! 🙂

Our lesson tonight was on the dying thief. After the lesson, we shared with each other about our week. Some of the men had a rough week. Please remember them in your prayers.

We Made It Back

My wife, Terry, and I made it back to Maine. It will be good to see the guys in jail & prison again! Please continue to keep them in your prayers! I am so thankful for all the churches I visited and several I didn’t get to visit! Thank you for all the prayers and lovin’ you gave me! Especially for taking care of me before Terry arrived! I’m helpless without her! 🙂

Live Life Abundantly!

If all the Lord Jesus ever did for us was die on the cross for all our sins and then offer us everlasting life in Heaven, that would be more than we could ever ask for. But Jesus also came to give us abundant life now! 🙂

Have you asked Him to be in your life? Are you living life full of joy, peace and abundantly? You can, right now! 🙂 Just ask Him into your life.

John 10:10 says the thief (Satan) wants to steal, and to kill, and to destroy you. But Jesus says, I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly! (NOW!)

What’s the Difference?

What’s The Difference Between “Jail Ministry” and “Prison Ministry”?

Most people do not differentiate between the two.

Prisons are State or Federally run. Prison inmates have been charged with a crime, found guilty by a court, and generally are doing more than one year of time. They are assigned to specific prisons based on the length of their sentence and the type of crime committed. Most inmates after entering prison begin to settle down and start adjusting to prison life.

Jails are either city or county run. Jail inmates have been charged with a crime and if they are unable to pay the bond, they are held in jail until their court date when their innocence or guilt will be determined.

There’s 2.3 million inmates in jail and prisons in the United States on any given day. More than all other countries combined.Jails far outnumber prisons with at least a million of those incarcerated in jails.

Most inmates in jails have not settled down and their world is upside down. They do not know what is happening with their legal situation, with their families, with their jobs, and are overwhelmed by the situation they suddenly find themselves in. They are desperate and are making excuses and blaming others. They are looking for help from family and friends but communication is difficult when they are locked up and in many cases, family and friends have been used and abused in the past and now are reluctant to help.

Both jails and prisons are a mission field. But sometimes these differences between jails and prisons make jails a “very” fertile mission field to plant the seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Many think mission fields are far away but most of us have one in our own back yard!

Tom​ Shuford