Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 03 10

PT and MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Fri 3/9/2018

     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Sorry we are a little tardy with this weekly posting of the Prayer Table and Services from the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility, but we had some storm damage around the property that needed our attention first. Nothing serious; part of Winter, after all.
     Prayer Table -- James Bryant, our irreplaceable partner in this ministry to our neighbors, arrived at church even before I did -- he wasn't feeling well but nonetheless stayed to minister to the 30 or so people who came by. We held it indoors in the Parish Hall. We gave away many, many items of clothing for both genders and even for young people. That is rare; we seldom get donations of children or teen clothing, so it is always greatly appreciated by our neighbors. James handed out a lot of free, non-perishable food as well as oranges, bananas, potatoes and paper goods. I (Alan) was busy with anointing people with Holy Oil and praying for their various needs. Please pray for LYDIA, CONSTANCE, MARIA, LUCY, IVA and JOHN. God knows the details of their requests. They all were of a serious nature.
     Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- Volunteer Anne DeGroff joined us for the weekly visit to MCCF, and this time we ministered to 18 men and two women. We were happy to be able to hand out the sheets used at the Taize service of last Tuesday led by musicians Lisa and Charlene, and the inmates were glad to get them and learn about what the service was like. Wanted to mention to you all that we picked up on a definite sense or trend this particular night. Many of the inmates in all four pods have discussed their frustration in the past few weeks of not being able to communicate with loved ones on the outside who have shunned them, not returned their calls, refused to come to visit them for one reason or another. Well, we're happy to report that this time many of these same inmates said they had heard word from their wives, children, and friends and that the lines of communication had opened again and they were beaming with new hope. Praise God for this breakthrough for them all. Another especially heartwarming event happened in one of the men's pods. A man named Jesus (pronounced Hay-SOOSE) stayed after the service in that pod for private prayer. He was extremely sorrowful for his sins, his addiction to drugs which has hurt his family members back home and made them ashamed of him. He told us he wanted to be saved. We asked him if he would like to give his life over to Christ. and he said "YES!" We all prayed over this man and told our Christ that this man who bears his name wants to be forgiven of his sins and to be accepted by his savior as one of His own. It was a very emotional time for all of us and it is such a marvel to see God at work in someone's life like that. The man was greatly touched and grateful for the prayer. We assured him that Jesus Christ tells us "If ye seek me, ye shall surely find me" and this was proof for all of us that He wasn't kidding! We also ask you to pray for JOHN, who is awaiting transfer to a state facility where he will finish out what has been a long sentence in the new few months. (John is one of the men who recently had lines of communication reopen with his teenaged children after a long period of silence between them.) The following inmates have asked all you prayer warriors out there to remember them and family members in your prayers this week. They all signed the request paper "For Healing and for Special Needs." Cheri Nethaway urged us to start doing this a few months ago and it is very popular with the inmates. It is the same prayer request form we have every Sunday in the back of the sanctuary. Please pray for: Anthony, Eric (and family), Bob, Boyd (and Alexia, Elle -- a soon-to-be-born baby girl -- and Patricia), Jose (and Maria), Harry (and Donnie and Heather), Nelson (and Elizabeth), Juan (and Luis), James (and children), Ernesto, Jesus, John (and Skyla, Daniel, Amy, Jeanny and the Heflins family), Deanna, Nicole (and Layla).
     God bless you all and thank you for your intercessory prayers and support of these vital neighborhood ministries.

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