Several weeks back, a man named Gary on the tenth floor of the Macomb County Jail attended a bible study and came forward during the altar call to surrender his life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Little did he know that the Lord was after two more souls as well, because His ways are everlasting. Just a couple days later, Macomb County Jail Chaplains’ Administrator, Robin C., took a phone call from a lady asking us to please visit her cousin Gary and have him call home right away. We don’t treat these type of phone calls casually, however, we must use good judgment and practice discernment. There are also jail protocols that must be followed. We explained the guidelines to the caller, and then we continued on with the work at hand. An hour later we received a second call from the same woman stating that Gary’s father was in
hospice and not expected to last much longer. I immediately went to call Gary out of
his cell, and much to my surprise, it was the same Gary who just recently gave
his heart to the Lord. I shared the news with him that his father could be in his final hours here on earth and that I would do my best to arrange having a Deputy take him to booking where he could call his father. I impressed upon him the importance of witnessing to his father and telling him of his recent conversion. Gary agreed. We prayed together and then I left to conduct some other business throughout the jail, trusting that a Deputy would expedite Gary’s phone call to his father.
Upon returning to the Chaplains’ Office, Robin C. informed me that she had just spoken again with the woman, Gary’s cousin, who made the initial phone call. She informed Robin that Gary’s father had passed just minutes after speaking with his newly saved son. She said that it was as if he was just waiting to speak with his son, and then passed with a peace about him. Robin was also able to pray with Gary’s cousin and share the love of Jesus and tell her about the plan of salvation. The woman acknowledged that the events of the morning were not coincidental but were orchestrated by a loving Heavenly Father.
The end of September was somewhat bittersweet for the Gateway to Glory Ministry. Zach C. has been with Gateway since October 10, 2014. I suggest going to our website to see more about his testimony, but long story short, upon coming to Gateway, Zach began looking for employment. Finding none, he headed in a different direction and found himself at a restaurant where he was offered a job as a dishwasher. Humbling himself (James 4:10), he accepted the offer of employment and went to work (Colossians 3:23). In a very short period of time, he was then offered a position at an ATT store, where he quickly ascended to manager (Psalm 75:6-7). The reason this story is bittersweet: Zach was offered and has accepted the challenge and position to open more ATT stores in Ann Arbor, MI, and has moved on. Keeping Jesus the center of his life, Zach is a living testimony of how God sees and knows a man’s
heart. We pray the blessing of Psalm 20 over Zach and look forward to hearing more praise reports from him in the coming years.
Another Gateway graduate, Pete J., has also been blessed with an amazing employment opportunity at Chrysler. He has completed his one year commitment to the Gateway program and also his probationary period with his new employer. We thank God for His faithfulness in meeting these young men in the midst of their darkest moments and bringing them into the light of the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. We trust the Lord to complete the work he has begun in the lives of Zach and Pete. God’s love is all powerful and His Word will not return void.(Colossians 3:23).
Our God is amazing and His ways are everlasting!
All praise to our redeemer – King Jesus!
Chaplains Steve and Robin