Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Last week makes it four years that I have served as a We Care Chaplain at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama. The Lord has provided resources to hold many classes and activities, to have worship services and revivals, and to fellowship and build friendships across a broad spectrum of people. I feel truly blessed to have been granted this opportunity. Over these four years, I have been blessed to meet and minister to many incarcerated men and staff. I have also had the privilege to serve under two State Chaplains and two Wardens.
I must say that although there were struggles and hardships at times, the Lord was always there and He kept both me and my family, providing for each and every need, and helping us to overcome each and every trial. There were some valleys, but for every valley, Praise the Lord, there was a mountaintop. Men have gotten saved; our church has grown; the young in the Lord are being discipled and mentored; people are being called into the ministry; preachers, teacher, elders, and pastors are being raised up; prayers are being answered; and the Lord is moving at St. Clair. I am encouraged each and every day by the progress being made, the lives being changed, and the hope being fostered.
Your contribution, your prayers, your support, your encouragement, and your commitment have made many of these things possible. I thank the Lord every day for your steadfastness. I praise Him for raising up men and women and even entire churches who support our ministry to the prisoners. You have provided hope and healing to so many. I wish it were possible for you to meet these men whom you have blessed. I wish you could hear their testimonies, listen to their songs and sermons, worship with them, and pray with them. There is so much light here, so much love for Jesus. The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. These men are a testimony of that. For those of you who may have come into St. Clair for a ReNew Hope Event over the last few years and met these men, you know what I am talking about first-hand. Jesus is here in this place.