As chaplain of the Macomb County Jail, I have the good pleasure of conducting a service on floors 10 and 11 every Friday morning, and at the end of every service I give an invitation for salvation. This invitation is only offered to those who truly have Godly sorrow and are ready to repent of their old ways.
Just a couple of weeks ago, 3 men came forward at the conclusion of the service, ready to surrender their lives to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. One of the men asked me if I knew a man named Pastor Steve. I told him, “Yes, I know that crazy hippie from down on Chene Street! What about him?” (His church is Peacemakers International and they are very effective at reaching the lost, the addicted, the downtrodden, the forgotten – the SINNER.)
The gentleman (Doug) proceeded to tell me that he was an ex-member of a motorcycle gang called the Vigilantes. He said that he met Pastor Steve several years ago at a biker rally where the Pastor would minister the Gospel. He said that Pastor Steve had been trying to “save him” for many years but Doug just wouldn’t budge. He went on to say that everything I had just preached on in the last half hour was what Pastor Steve had been telling him for the last 5 years. Because of that and the diligence of Pastor Steve, he said he was going to let me “save him”! I told him that I wouldn’t be the one who saves him, Jesus would do that, but I would pray with him to ask Jesus to be Savior and Lord of his life.
Interestingly, Pastor Steve had just received a letter from Doug saying he was ready, and Pastor Steve was thinking he would get hold of me in order to get in to see Doug. However, I called Pastor Steve to let him know what his faithfulness did in Doug’s life.
Thank you, Pastor Steve for the planting, nurturing, and cultivating the seed of salvation. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for allowing me to water that seed, and thank You, Father, for giving the increase and drawing an inmate named Doug to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse 8 of I Corinthians 3 says that those who plant and water will receive his own reward…I know I can say with Pastor Steve, we received our reward when God saved Doug’s soul!
Over a year ago God saw fit to allow us to open a woman’s house. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year! However, God’s timing is always perfect and because we followed His lead and stepped out in faith, 3 women have been baptized, confirmed in Christ and are graduates of Gateway to Glory! All three of them are truly trophies of God and He is not through with them yet! We are so proud of these ladies (graduates) we feel just like proud parents!
Jessica, the house manager, has successfully held down the fort, poured herself into the ladies of the home, and matured in her walk with Jesus.
Pam has completed one year and continues to grow and mature in her understanding of God’s desire for us to be united, not solitary Christians.
Donna has completed one year and continues to minister to those she works with as well as ministering to her sons by continuing to put her faith and trust in Jesus.
As we work to plant, water, and cultivate, we also trust that the Lord will give the increase and we will continue to see men and women transformed by the skilled hand of the Master Gardener.
Sowing the seeds of His love,
Chaplains Steve and Robin Malek