“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” [Psalm 96:3]
Greetings from the Miller family.These last few months have been going well at St. Clair despite the rough start this year. We hosted Kairos Prison Ministry at St. Clair on the last weekend in March, which turned out to be a great success, thanks to the many men that sacrificed their time to facilitate and participate in the event. During the Kairos weekend we had several men participate that were very active in some gangs here in the prison. The weekend had a major impact on several of these men, which led us to have a weekly Discipleship Class with them and their fellow gang members in the chapel. One of these men described his experience this way, “I have 3 Life Without Paroles convictions. Justice demanded blood for blood and that I should be put to death, but God didn’t allow it. I couldn’t figure out why, or what purpose He had for my life, why would He keep me alive and in prison for the rest of my life? Even though I could feel God pulling at me like a moth drawn to a flame, I just wasn’t ready to let go of the world and surrender to God. I was still young and had a fearsome reputation. I was a Gangster Disciple and chose to follow a man instead of Jesus, but I still knew in my heart that it was wrong. While in the Chapel one day I was encouraged by a brother to sign up for the upcoming Kairos weekend. He shared that Kairos was the greatest experience he had ever had in 19 years in prison. Even after all I heard about it, I still wasn’t expecting it to be one of the most awesome things that has ever happened to me in my life; inside and outside of prison. This was the major event that allowed me to see God and experience love, caring and understanding. Kairos showed me what it means to be strong. The last day, at closing, I cried like a baby even though I told myself I wouldn’t. When I really thought about how Jesus died on the cross for me; how He gave His life for me out of His love for me, and experienced the true love of God through other people, it was more than I could take.” Please continue to pray for these men as I believe God is calling them to repentance and a life of service to Him.
In April I was honored to baptize two of my incarcerated brothers at an evening chapel service. The service was centered on the subject of justification and that the necessary means of justification is a personal faith in Jesus Christ as the crucified Savior and risen Lord. Explaining that justification is a judicial act of God, pardoning sinners, accepting them as just, and restoring permanently, their previously estranged relationship. Before they were baptized they each shared their testimony in front of the church and as I listened to their testimonies I was reminded once again of the urgent need for all men to know Him. I echo the words of Oswald Chambers, “So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does.” Pray, that as I go through my daily activities at the prison that I would always be aware of lost and hurting around me.
This last month I have begun several new classes in the Faith/Character Based Honor Dorm and the Therapeutic Community, in which I am excited about. Every Wednesday, I meet with 8 guys in the Faith Based Honor Dorm and study together the importance of prayer, Biblical meditation and the need for personal holiness. On Friday morning at the Therapeutic community I meet with 10 guys as we study a call to courageous manhood. As men, we all face decisions in life that demand integrity and courage. This course tackles head on the call to living, breathing manhood, offering a powerful vision for what it means to be a man who truly conquers and wins. It identifies 5 stages of a man’s journey through life-boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentor, and patriarch-and examines a man’s responsibilities at each step. Friday evenings I meet with 16 guys as we study what it means to rethink God Biblically. Our understanding of God affects every other area of our lives and what you believe about God will always influence what you think of yourself. What you think of God and yourself will affect what you think of sin. And what you think of all three of these will determine what you think of salvation.
We do ask for your prayers as we continue to serve at St Clair. Pray that I would continue to foster healthy relationships with the inmates by sharing encouragement and friendship, while understanding the urgency of sharing the Gospel message with those who are not yet following Christ. Pray that I would help nurture personal growth and holiness to those who have surrendered their lives to following Christ, by mentoring them and offering spiritual guidance. Pray as I continue to teach and facilitate Biblical studies and practical life skills, to have an emphasis on preparing inmates for successful re-entry into society and a deeper communion with our God.
I am currently in the process of raising support so that I will be able to continue this ministry at St. Clair. My wife and I, along with our three small children, have committed ourselves to this ministry and are grateful to each of you who currently support this ministry or who have offered support in the past. Since long-term ministry at St. Clair is what we believe God has called us to, and in order to be able to serve in the capacity that we do now, we need the financial and prayer partnership of individuals like you. We pray that you may consider partnering with us and trust that God will provide as He has in the past. If you decide to partner with us financially you can do so either by a one-time financial gift or a monthly recurring financial gift.
Make all checks payable to, We Care Program and send your financial support to: We Care Program 3493 Highway 21 Atmore, Alabama 36502.Include a note stating that it is for Jeremy Millers support. Without God, your prayers, and monthly financial support this ministry would not be possible.