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Spokane County Jail Ministries

"Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison" Hebrews 13:3a

 

                                     February 8,2017                                        

    People are in need of the hope that can only be found in Christ. For he alone is our hope. Psalm 119:81 says, “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.” Those who are serving Christ through the jail ministry are bringing that hope into the lives of the men and women in the Spokane area correctional facilities. We get the privilege of seeing this in the changed lives of the inmates and their families.                  

     One of our volunteers writes:  As I walked into the jail I prayed that God would use me and my fellow believers for his glory. Setting my bible down on the table and glancing around the floor of the common area I wondered who God would bring to the bible study. Some days only one or two people came, some nights none at all. Getting prepared to take my seat I noticed a big man covered in tattoos and scars watching me.  His eyes were so sad and so lost and somehow defeated. I tentatively smiled at him and he looked a little surprised. Slowly he made his way over to the table but instead of joining me he just stood there and waited. It took me a few seconds to realize that he wasn’t going to sit down. I encouraged him to sit with me but he only shook his head and continued to look at the floor.  I started to gently reassure him when he raised his eyes and looked at me. His eyes were full of tears and as I watched tears started running down his cheek. Then the words, “God doesn’t want me, nobody wants me, I am a complete waste.” For just a moment I was unsure of what to do then slowly I stood, pulled out his chair, and motioned him to join me at the table. I knew then why God brought me to the jail that night. For this man I had a message, a message of Hope!!     
     
    It is the stories that we hear just like this one that encourage us to keep reaching out for the lost. To keep sharing the hope that Christ alone can offer. 

Thank you for being a part of this ministry.                                                         

                             

An inmate talking to Jesus 2000 years ago

 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:42-43

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