FAMILIES AND FELONS

By Christy Hoagland We take prayer requests in our prison services and one of the greatest desires of the incarcerated is reconciliation with their families.  They long to be restored to the ones they love, they ones they belong to.   And they need that connection with the outside world, they yearn for their forgiveness,Continue reading “FAMILIES AND FELONS”

JAMMIN’ FOR JESUS

Last Saturday we had the privilege to provide a Yard Jam at Algoa Correctional Center.  Two bands came to share the love of Jesus and their talents with the inmates, “Sanctified Blues” a christian blues band from the Eldon/Versailles area and the Cornerstone worship band from Sedalia.  The Gospel was proclaimed through song, the Word,Continue reading “JAMMIN’ FOR JESUS”

EVERY LIFE MATTERS

Every life matters.  Whether it’s a prison inmate, starving children in a third world country, a drug addict, someone living an alternative lifestyle, a man holding a cardboard sign at an intersection…every life matters.  I hope I never get so wrapped up in my calling to prison ministry that I miss the people right inContinue reading “EVERY LIFE MATTERS”

LET MY FAITH OVERCOME MY FEAR

The Sing for the King team traveled many miles last week, held many services, and saw many lives changed by Jesus.  There’s so much I could write, so much to say…I will try to give a meager attempt at capturing a few of the precious moments that stilled my heart. Tuesday – we went toContinue reading “LET MY FAITH OVERCOME MY FEAR”

WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE

God is love.  Love is sacrifice.  God sacrificed His only Son for us because He loves us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16 Our team saw love in action through sacrifice this past FridayContinue reading “WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE”

CAN GOD FORGIVE THIS?

Swastika tattoos, life sentences, depression, addiction, brokenness, tears, repentance, forgiveness, new life… In prison ministry we see this play out…questions, doubts, and more about a genuine change in an offender’s life.  We witness the brokenness over their situation, over leaving their families behind, over their victims, over their sin.  We see them struggle with doubt,Continue reading “CAN GOD FORGIVE THIS?”