Heat notwithstanding, God did so many things on this trip that trying to cram it all into one short recap might prove to be futile, so let’s get right to it. To start out, just three days before the crusade was about to begin, our Thursday visit canceled on us due to the forecasted high heat and for the protection of the inmates, so what were we to do? We NEVER get into a facility on such short notice, not even places we have close relationships with. It just doesn’t happen…but then God. Frank reached out to one of his contacts from a previous crusade and God turned what was only going to be a half-day event at Putnamville CF to a full day event at Westville CF! He opens doors no man can close and closes doors no man can open.
God continued to bless us as the weather ended up not being near as bad as we thought. It was still very hot on Wednesday, but Thursday thru Sunday was magnificent! This allowed for more inmates to be present, with great weather, to hear the gospel preached boldly to all who wanted to hear. Our journey took us to Plainfield CF, Westville CF, Pendelton CF, Correctional Industrial Facility, New Castle CF and Heritage Trail CF. We played in front of 377 prisoners, of which 372 stayed to listen to the gospel. We handed out over 350 copies of the gospel of John and were blessed to witness 53 men indicate they asked Christ to be their Lord and Savior for the first time!
This trip was a very clear reminder of how God can use a willing heart, how He can create life changing moments by simply stepping out in faithful service, and your prayers and support played a huge part in the Lord’s success. You gave and prayed, to send 12 men from around the country to Indiana who gave of their time, talents and treasures to see that men behind bars heard the beautiful gospel story! Thank you for praying and sending!