SCI Camp Hill, Sunday, May 3rd

Hello,
Scott Shaw, Marty Goetsch and I went to Camp Hill yesterday for  three services.  The Chaplains messed up the Entry list and gave the guards the wrong list (from two weeks ago) therefore Marty was not allowed in.  Les called today and the Chaplain apologized and said he would correct this by placing our whole group on each future list so that this doesn’t happen again.
 
So, Scott and I did the services.  Scott did the first two (blues) and I did the browns in the afternoon.  It was really funny, Scott and I never talked about it but he prepared a message from Hebrews #8 and called it :A Better Covenant” while I prepared a message from Hebrews #10 and called it “A Better Sacrifice”.  Both messages were similar and apparently what the men needed for they all received it well and were very attentive and thanked us after the services.   There were about 650 men in attendance and about 170 raised their hands for Salvation.  It was also a beautiful day to take a ride and to fellowship.  Their prayer leader and us both talked about discipleship lessons. 
 
In His Name,
 
Joe 

MCCF, Sunday, April 26th

Certainly a busy day for CPM as many prisoners had the opportunity to hear the Gospel preached this Sunday. Thanks for the prayers and the faithfulness of all who are part of this ministry. 
My brother Paul went along with me to MCCF for all three services. at 2:30 we had 12 ladies show up. God was at work in the lives of some of them. There was one girl that was definitely a saved lady, and she knew she has messed up. How sad to see her tears, facing 3-10 years. Seven of the 12 did signal that they wanted to accept Christ.
At 7:00 the mens service was full. They sang three songs and I preached from James 4. Questioning the reasons they don’t believe God’s Word to be true, thus creating a conflict in their lives. Time ran out as the guard closed us down right at 8:00, but I could see the faces of many who understood their need to trust and obey.
We went straight to the ladies side where we had to wait, as a fight had broken out in the hallway between two gals. The guard said neither one of them looked too good after their encounter. However  we got started around 8:30 and the guard let us stay till 9:15. I spoke from 1 John about the ways you can tell if you are in, and living for God. Once again time ran out. I challenged them to spend some time with the Lord and tell Him what is on their hearts and to receive His promise of eternal life.
John Bilboe

SCI Muncy, Sunday afternoon, April 26th

Hi! Folks
          You all know we NEED to pray for one another, Amen! So Jim we
prayed for you in Denver on 4/26; and Les we prayed for you in Graterford
 on 4/26; and John we prayed for you in MCCF for three services I
believe you took. Lets remember to be faithful OK!!
          As Kathy and I traveled to Muncy womens prison we always get there
a little early and witness to people going in to visit family members that
are in prison. The last couple of times we where there it’s been exciting
to be planting seed and share with saved people who come to visit.
          Chaplain Reitz met us and we had a good time of fellowship with
her before the services. Please pray for her health as she still has a lot
going on Ok. We had 1 1/2 hours to hold the service and we let the
women choose songs and sang the 1st verse of many requests. Kathy
read a hymn history and sang a solo; but understand that isn’t her
best trait. The message was on the Eternal home of the lost. And at the
invitation 10 ladies responded to the Gospel Call Amen! So thank you for
all that prayed for us; God was Gloried. I’m waiting to see what happened
elsewhere..
                                   in Christ Love   Scotty CPM

SCI Graterford, Sunday morning April 26th

Greetings,

On Sunday I had the opportunity to go to SCI Graterford. I did not know the bridge was closed so I had to detour and came in by Rt. 73. There were ten men in the service and we had a great time together. They asked me how Scott was and I told them I did not know. He was sick on Tuesday and couldn’t make it. They hope he recovers quickly.
There was one face I remembered from the last time I was there. It has been quite a few months for me since being there at Graterford. We went over some Scripture which is very special and I asked them to share what the scripture meant to them. They all were attentive and the time together turned out well.
When I was leaving one of the security guards who was patrolling the main building said hi and asked me how the service went. It turns out he goes to VFBT on Wednesday nights, but works every Sunday. I asked him when the new building will be opening. He told me definitely not till 2016. That’s different than what I had been hearing. I’m sure Chaplain Neiderhiser will tell us. Have a great week and thank you for the prayers.
In Him,
Bro. Les

SCI Camp Hill, Sunday, April 19th

Hi! Folks, 
We made it to Camp Hill and processing went well. There were
300 in the first service Scott Wilson preached, the 2nd service there where about
275 and Scott Shaw preached, and we met Jim Bracelin at 12:30 pm and Jim preached
the 3rd service there where about 150 plus in that service. At the end of the
day we seen the Lord work in hearts and there were over 300 souls saved
all to the Glory of God . So Carol Ann expect some requests for Bibles and
Bible studies. Amen!! Chaplain Resheed cut Jim’s time by about 20 minutes;
he seems to do that every time he is there for the 3rd service on Sunday’s.
Also we ran out of Cards for part of the second service and all of the 3rd
service. So when we got back to VFBT I replenished the van with 2 containers
so there is cards again available in the van.
 Great day in the Lord; fellowship was great. And travel was also
good. It was a nice day for the trip.
       Scotty CPM

Delaware Correctional Center, Thursday, April 16th

Thursday, Paul and John Bilboe, along with Chuck Epperly, went to Smyrna Delaware. We had a great trip and were welcomed there by our old familiar guard and the sister from the Catholic Church. I preached from Psalm 19 and we saw 3 men raise their hands for salvation.
There is no active chaplain there now as Chaplain Pennel has retired. He will be sorely missed.
Great time of fellowship with the men there, the choir sang and praised the Lord.
 
Serving God is certainly the Best Life
JB1

SCI Somerset, Saturday, April 11th

Hello,
I went to Somerset yesterday, with Jim Bracelin, Priscilla Quinones, Joe & Ruth Weidler.  We had great weather and greater fellowship.  As you can imagine, the weather was really nice, so only 34 men were in attendance, while four raised their hand for Salvation.
 
I MC’d, Priscilla played the piano and gave her Testimony, while Joe Weidler. sang 3 songs and led 3 congregational hymns.  Jim was in his normal mode and had the men captivated with his stories and presentation of the gospel.  This was Priscilla’s 1st visit to a prison and from what I could tell, she loved it.  I think she is only 22 but she is much more mature for her age and was a blessing to us all.  Ruth had not been on our clearance list but it was great talking with her and learning more about her and Joe.
 
In His Name,
 
Joe

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