Here at MCJ, we have a big 12-story building full of sinners who were actually caught in their sin. This completely eliminates the wearing of a mask to try and hide from their sin. There couldn’t be a better place of vulnerability.
The religious leaders (Pharisees) of the day were always trying to trap Jesus with unethical behavior. How dare He hang out with tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees were more focused on outward appearance, their sacrifice and religiosity, than they were with helping people. Jesus was concerned for all people including the sinful and hurting. The Christian life is not a popularity contest! If we follow Jesus’ example, we should share the gospel with all walks of life. This includes the poor, immoral, lonely, and outcasts of society, not just the rich, moral, popular, and powerful. Jesus wasn’t worried about being accepted amongst the socially elite culture of the day. He was on a mission to call sinners to repentance.
Thank you to all the one-on-one volunteers who stepped it up in the month of June during the overcrowding situation at the jail. Your efforts to make contact with as many inmates as possible, projecting that several would be released early, was greatly appreciated by us and was certainly noted by our Lord and Savior.
Gateway’s aftercare program proudly announces the release of Ron K, aka K. P., after 11.5 years in prison. K. P. originally stood for King Pin in the dark world, but now that he’s entered the light, it stands for King’s Prisoner! Ron was someone I met approximately 11 years ago here at MCJ. I came to know this man after several follow-up visits as a brother in Christ. After following him into Court over
10 years ago where he was sentenced to 10 – 30 years, we stayed in touch through visits and the pen pal ministry. Ron was paroled to the GTG aftercare home to help him with his transition back into society. You won’t want to miss Gateway’s Fundraiser Banquet this October to hear his powerful and riveting testimony. Gateway also had one of its own confirmed in June at Bethesda Christian Church, Kollin A., following a 6-month Catechism course. Congratulations, Kollin!
God is on the move in this here locality, the MCJ. Just recently in a bible study on floors 10-11, we heard a very challenging message on denying yourself, picking up your cross, and following Jesus. Upon leaving the classroom, one of the inmates spontaneously broke into the popular hymn “I have decided to follow Jesus”. It was a solemn moment to grasp as others began to chime in and continued their singing throughout the commons area and into the sally ports. What a sight and sound to behold! I was touched with the thought that this ministry, ordained of God, is really making an impact in the lives of the lost, including some of the guards and officers who witnessed this event.
Glory to the Lamb Who was slain from the foundation of the world!
All praise to our Redeemer – King Jesus!
Chaplains Steve and Robin