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Puritan prison ministry

As I was reading through biographical information about certain Puritans today, I came across an encouraging moment in the life of Puritan William Perkins (1558 -1602). Perkins is a little known Puritan and only lived to be 44 years of age but he made quite an impact in the jails of Cambridge, England. After his conversion Perkins became a very strong exponent of Calvinism and always cared for the those who were in spiritual need. There was one thing in particular from the biography of William Perkins that stuck out for me and that was an incident in the jails of Cambridge. The incident follows:

He is said to have encountered a young condemned prisoner who was terrified not so much of death as of the impending judgment of God. The Puritan preacher knelt beside him to “show what the grace of God can do to strengthen thee.” He showed him that Christ is the means of salvation by the grace of God and urged him with tears to believe in Him and experience the remission of sins. The youth did so and was able to face his execution with composure, a glorious display of God’s sovereign grace.

A sympathetic Calvinist, who would’ve thought? I don’t know how accurate this story is but it does indicate the heart of a man who knew the glorious grace and mercy of God. In his early adult years and prior to conversion Perkins spent his days as a drunkard. One day he overheard a mother scolding her child and used Perkins’ name as a means to influence the correct behavior of the child. He was deeply hurt by the thought of someone in the community using his name as a byword. It eventually led to his conversion. He knew full well that if not by the grace of God he would’ve ended up a prisoner like the very ones he was ministering to. I also know that only by he grace of God that saved me I could’ve ended up in the same places. This may be the reason God has given me a heart for the men in jail as well.

Please pray for the souls in prison and for those who go into the prisons. Pray that they would be bold to share gospel and that those whom by God’s grace are saved would also be bold to share their experiences with other inmates. And that they in turn would be bold to preach the gospel to their fellow inmates.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2007 in Prison Ministry, Puritan, William Perkins

 

Collaborative 40 day fast: OBC Prison Ministry

I found out about the 40 day blog fast through somepraying together friendships I’ve made in the blogosphere. The purpose of the fast as outlined by the blogger Isaiah543 is to raise awareness and pray for those ministries who, in the name of Jesus, meet the physical needs of the poor. These ministries will be posted by those who committed to participate in the fast.

I did not have to think much about what ministry to blog about as I have recently been asked to lead just such a ministry. The ministry does not have a name but it is part of the Omaha Bible Church Prison Ministry. The ministry is designed to meet the needs of family members of prisoners. At my local church, OBC, there are men going in to visit prisoners to share the gospel with them and mentor them. From these meetings the Lord brings to light needs that He will supply and encourage our ministry to meet. We have only participated in one such need since we began in May of this year but it was huge effort that only God could have made happen.

We do not have a web site yet or a means to accept donations but I would wholeheartedly petition the prayers of those believers reading this posting. We are going to be meeting together to focus on how to raise funds for the ministry. Any ideas along those lines will be appreciated.

I posted, in more detail; about our first ministry effort in a couple of postings and those can be read by following the links below. Please check them out. There is a link to pictures of the work.

Locking arms (and hammers) in ministry

Locking arms (and hammers) in ministry (Part 2)

I would like to thank Isaiah543 for the idea of the collaborative 40 day fast, my new fellow saint Mike at Life in Mordor, and most of all our Lord Jesus Christ for His sovereignty in bringing us all together.

 
 

Locking arms (and hammers) in ministry (Part 2)

This weekend five men from OBC traveled down to Wymore, Nebraska to meet the needCraig and Keith of a neighbor. The need which was mentioned in more detail at my previous post here. The work began Saturday morning June 30th at 7am and completed at 9pm on Sunday July 1st. The team of Craig, Keith, Tim, Allyn, and Barry worked as to Lord to get the bathroom completed by the end of the weekend. Throughout the weekend the family had several family members stop by to see what was being done and many of them expressed gratitude for what we were doing.

After we had completed the bathroom, I gave the adult daughter Tina one of the tracts Erik Raymond has put together and explained to Tina and Marvin that the tract will give her an idea of why we do what we do and what we are about as a church. Each of us shared the reason why we were doing this project for them and the gospel of Christ was presented. It is my prayer and the prayer of the team that this family would consider what was said and trust in Christ for salvation.

Pictures of the project can be seen at my Flickr account.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2007 in Praise, Prison Ministry, The gospel

 

Locking arms (and hammers) in ministry

This weekend (June 29th and 30th) I will be joining several bible & toolsmen from OBC heading down to southeastern Nebraska as part of a prison ministry opportunity. The family in need are parents of a prisoner we have been in contact through the Omaha Correctional Center. The father of this prisoner recently had a stroke and is unable to do the repair work needed for his home bathroom. They are also in need of a shower instead of their current tub because of his lack of mobility.

Praise the Lord for he has assembled a team of skilled workers and go-fers like myself to do His work. The Lord willing this weekend we will be replacing the rotten flooring, leaking plumbing, and their tub with a shower stall assembly. We will basically be remodeling their bathroom. The team will be heading down on Friday afternoon to re-examine the plumbing needs and do some cleaning of the basement. Beginning bright and early Saturday morning we will be doing everything necessary to rebuild the bathroom for this family.

I thank God for the leadership of OBC who provide the way for those who desire to serve Christ in ministry. Serving Christ should be the desire of every believer in Jesus Christ and OBC is obedient to the Lord’s calling for believers to disciple others. If you would like to participate in this ministry endeavor or any future prison ministry opportunities please contact me through this blog site or via my email which I will leave at the bottom of this posting. There is definitely a place for you.

barrydean4ut@hotmail.com

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2007 in faith in Christ, Prison Ministry, serving