Wednesday, June 23, 2010

GEMS Meeting

GEMS stands for Gospel Express Ministries South. This is the organization that Dan & I are involved in with prison ministry.

Monday night we had a monthly board meeting in Tallahassee. There was a guest there who shared his testimony and I was so touched and wanted to share it with you!
Juan thought of himself as a "big & bad" guy when he was in his early 20's. He loved the thrill of doing bad stuff. So much so that he prayed and committed himself to Satan. He wanted help doing bigger and worse stuff! After awhile the emptiness of it all got to him and one night he decided to pray to this "God" he heard about but really didn't expect anything from it. He asked God to take Him out of this situation.

Well, he helped to organize a bank robbery, and while he wasn't directly involved in the robbery, the guys who pulled it off and then got caught, squealed on him.
To make a long story short, he got a 9 year prison sentence and during times of confinement, he turned his life over to Christ! Toward the end of his sentence, he began mentoring other guys as he had been taught by volunteers at other prisons.

He has been out of prison for 4 years, married a beautiful young lady and together they are involved in Hispanic ministry. It was so neat to hear his testimony! God has a plan for the guys in prison.....we just need willing servant's to come minister to them!! :)

Also, we heard testimony from one of the volunteer chaplains from Gadsden Corr. (a female facility near here) that a young lady who was involved in Santeria, a satanic worship, came out to a Christian worship service. She completely gave up her satanic beliefs to be a Christian and is doing very well! Praise God!!
When we were in Gadsden last Dec. during the crusade, we heard inmates talking about the oppression of Santeria and I am so excited that God is working in this situation!!

Continue to pray for Gadsden! A Mormon organization is taking over the prison and the Christians are concerned that their Bible-teaching classes and workshops will be done away with!!

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