Comfortable in Prison

by Katie Brucker, Missionary-Athlete, NE Lady Saints

This is my second season playing volleyball with The Saints, but last month’s trip to Edna Mahan CF in North Jersey was a different experience for me. This visit was the first time I felt comfortable in prison.

Being “comfortable in prison” may seem like a strange statement to make, but nonetheless that’s how I felt. I went into the day feeling nervous and a little anxious since it had been over a year since I visited a prison, but I just kept praying that God would use me despite myself.

I was asked to share my testimony before the Gospel was presented, so all the way there I was distracted in trying to make sure I was prepared. When we got there, I realized that this was actually the most recent prison I had visited with The Saints, and that gave me confidence. I was surprised to find out that I recognized  many of the women, and they remembered me.

When it came time to share testimonies and the Gospel with the inmates, a room that was loud and noisy just moments before became absolutely silent. God answered my prayer and gave mevolleyball in hands the perfect opportunity without distraction to share the story of how Jesus changed me. What caught me off guard was how interested the women were to hear what I had to say. When I made the decision to allow God to use me even though I was afraid, God gave me the ability to have real conversations with the women after the testimony time. I had confidence to go up to a couple of them and ask them how I could pray for them.  They saw the love of Christ in each member of our team, and they responded. They were so open to share with us their struggles and eagerly allowed us to pray with them.

It’s amazing how God uses his people through volleyball to minister to the least of these.  The Saints Prison Ministry gives me the opportunity to show Christ to those who so desperately need Him, and has changed me in the process!

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Travel…Preach…Repeat

It may seem like we are stealing our ministry mantra from the back of a shampoo bottle, but in this case the process is more similar than you might think.  Our Citrus Country 3 crusade was so successful that we are jumping back in with both feet and heading to the same area of Florida…in just two weeks!

Yes, from June 23-27 the Saints will be conducting the SONshine State crusade in central Florida.  We will be ministering in four prisons in four days – two that we visited in April (Polk CI and Hardee CI) and two that we have not visited in more than 15 months (Sumter CI and Zephyrhills CI).   You might ask why we would go right back to the same area, so I’ll answer the question in advance…they asked us to!

We received a tremendous response from the previous crusade, including an email directly from one of the wardens to our Director!  The entire region was buzzing with news of our visit, so we decided to “reward” them for hosting our team by jumping right back into the experience again.

We ask for your continued prayers for all involved, including:

– the 14 Missionary Athletes who will make the trip

– the families they are leaving behind

-the inmates that we will encounter on the yard

-the staff at each facility

-traveling mercies

-health/safety for everyone

Most importantly, pray that the gospel is preached boldly and penetrates the many hearts that long for a Savior!

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