On Sunday Dottie and I were at SCI Rockview in Bellefonte, PA. Chaplain Tom Reitz greeted us at 8:30 AM. The first thing we did was go to the educational building for a morning prayer meeting which is what the Trustees do with the chaplain before the service. The service starts at 10 AM and there were 301 men attending. The music and announcements lasted about twenty minutes or so and then I had the opportunity to preach on, “The raising of Lazarus” from John chapter eleven. I emphasized the last three words in verse twenty-six, “Believest thou this?” I asked the men that question and got quite a response. The invitation was given and forty one men stood up to accept Christ. I truthfully believe I scared them, but not intentially. The Holy Spirit moved in a mighty way. I think I saw more tears in this service than all my past twenty-three years doing prison ministry. It was evident that the Holy Spirit was in charge of this service and not the preacher. What a great blessing. I am so humbled what God does for a sinner like me. Praise the Lord for his mercy and grace. Thank you all for the support of this ministry which is so near and dear to my heart.
We arrived in plenty of time grabbed a bite to eat and went in. We were met by a guard that didn’t know what to do. But she got help then we were escorted to the chapel and there met by the inmates; No Chaplain. We were also limited in time. Marty gave a testimony after they sang one song and then the message on forgiveness. No one came forward for salvation but many said they were encouraged with the message. We may get some requests for Bibles and Bible studies. God was good to us. Amen!!
Hi, here are some updates from Montgomery County
Will and I went Sunday night. Will preached to the men and I did the women. There were about 28 men and all professed to be saved. There were 16 women and none raised their hand for salvation.
Will went by himself on this Thursday. There were about 20 men as he taught them “How to be a better husband” from the Master’s Men series.
Joe and Marty Gotsch (1st time to MCCF) went with me. I taught the men “How to be a Godly Father” from our Master’s Men Series. There were 23 men in attendance.
Scott Shaw and I went to MCCF. Scott preached a great sermon to the men. There were about 60 men in attendance and I believe 4 raised their hand for Salvation. I did the women and there were 23 in attendance. I taught them about how to be a better parent from the Master’s Men Series. I ran out of handouts for we normally only have about 12-14 attend. I will mail them a copy when I can reproduce them.
Went to Graterford on Sunday morning and got in a little early. They had church announcements and a few songs, a testimony and then the message. A message on forgiveness. The thing about it was the theme for the saturday night Bible study was on forgiveness. PTL I preached and offered the invation and at first no one responded about ready to close the service and one stood and prayed to recieve Christ as Lord and Savior AMEN!!! He took a card and will send for a Bible and Study as many others took cards. So we will see. Pray many will join our Tuesday
Bible study. There were 18 in attendance which is high and many were encouraged from the message. We all need forgiveness at times many more times then we want to admit. God was glorified and had a great service. Scotty CPM
Sunday I went to the OSU and had the service @ 9:00 am there where some new faces came in a little late so I didn’t get to talk to them much.I preached on 2nd Peter 2:1to 9 with other passages included to explain it. At the invitation 3 men stood and said they prayed with
me to get saved AMEN!!. I asked them if they would come out to our Bible study and all said yes so tomorrow night we will see so pray people OK !!
In Christ Love Scotty CPM
Greetings Brothers and Sister
Sunday morning I had the opportunity to go to SCI Chester. Chaplain Akrong was on vacation and I got to meet Chaplain Dunn. She has been involved at the facility for some time, but took on the extra weekend duty. She seemed to be very kind and considerate to the men and the guys like her a lot. We greeted the men as they were coming in and the service started with the choir marching in and singing. Chaplain Dunn can get the men excited pretty quickly. She is an ordained Pastor and by her actions I’d say she was Pentecostal, just a guess though.
I had time to preach and everyone was very attentive. There were approximately 120 in attendance and two men came forward for salvation. It was great to see the men and blessed to see them excited to be in church. On the way out I was approached by two men who were very suspicious in nature and they started to follow me to my car. When I got to my car, the officer in the parking lot came around the corner in his vehicle and when the two me saw him they turned around and quickly walked away. It was a very interesting situation to say the least.
Have a good week. God is in control.
On Sunday, September 15th we had the opportunity to go to SCI Mahanoy. Someone had cancelled and Chaplain Zeiset Called me and asked me if I could fill in for the day. Dottie and I arrived at 12:45 and met the Chaplain. This is our 21st year going to Mahanoy and it is always a great joy and blessing.
We went to the chapel and the men started coming in after 1 PM. There were hymns sung and announcements given and then I had the opportunity to preach on “Lessons from the Desert from Joshua, chapter one.” I have used this message previously and it deals with not learning our lessons the first time they are given, as was the jews when they left Egypt and Moses led them around the desert for forty years and then Joshua took charge and did not want them to make the same mistakes again. God blessed Joshua and they were victorious in the desert.
There were 203 men in the service and ten men raised their hands for salvation. It is always such a blessing to see God doing miracles and bringing men and women unto himself. I am always humbled at the opportunity to serve the living Lord of all things.