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2017 Crusade Schedule

2017 Crusade Schedule

Date                            Crusade                              Team

March 2-5                    Keystone Krusade (PA)        NJ Basketball

March 15-19                 Angola Adventure (LA)        SE Regional softball

July 12-16                    Back to Buckeye (OH)         PA softball

August 3-6                   Oneida Odyssey (NY)          CCMC

August 15-20               Land of Tomorrow                Kentucky

September 22-24          Old Dominion West               VA softball

October 4-8                 Gold Coast for God              Open to All

October 11-15              Cajun Crusade                    CCOC

One Man’s Story

It took months to plan the SE Regional Crusade to South Carolina – and it took one day to turn our plans upside down.  The crusade was planned for the first week of October; but we didn’t realize that hurricane Matthew had made reservations in South Carolina for that week too!  

By now you have probably heard or read about the tremendous heart shown by these men, as they turned their attention from softball to the pending storm and jumped in to help with disaster preparation.  But as those plans were being made and as we were scrambling to line up service projects to fill the ensuing days, one man had the presence of mind to chronicle what he was thinking during this chaos.

Ray Koonce of the Illinois Saints softball team – Papa Ray to all of us – recorded some brief thoughts as the days unfolded and it provides a glimpse behind the curtain you may never get again.  In his own words…

Day 1

Day one began to be somewhat of a letdown due to the cancellations coming in because of the weather issues (Hurricane Matthew).  The opportunity to do what we normally do and what we had traveled so far to do was no longer an option.  It seemed as though we may have to head home before we even started.  That possibility lasted only a few seconds.  We serve an awesome God and he has a plan!

The opportunity to serve at a local church arose – and as servers that is what we did.  No softball turned into playing with kids, giving testimonies, and preaching the Gospel just as we do in prisons, except for the kids of course.  Cancellations kept coming, but opportunities to serve kept coming as well.  We are going to be able to help the area for a few more days.  We are going where God leads us – that’s what we (Saints) do.

Day 2

Pretty simple tpapa-ray_2houghts today.  Started by helping a local food bank with offloading donations from one of their support partners.  14 guys unloading one truck – well, that took all of about 10-15 minutes.  We stayed around for a few more hours doing whatever we could to help out this organization, which serves around 7,000 people on a regular basis.

One thought that holds strong in my mind today is how God will always answer prayers.  It may not be exactly what you asked for, but today it was a whole lot more.  The leader of this organization that we were helping had prayed for ONE man from God to come help her – and God gave her 14 Saints!  That allowed all the smaller prayers they were asking for to be answered as well; cleanup, stacking, marking food products, and helping unload donations in preparation for the upcoming storm.  We stayed until we were no longer needed.

Myself and 13 other men are being led around the area to where we are needed – thank you, Jesus!  Super great bunch of guys, proud to call all of them my friend and brother in Christ!

Day 3

A little drizzly out, really not much rain or wind yet.  We left early to get to an old church which helps veterans, as well as was being set up to help hurricane refugees who were being brought here from the coast.  After helping to move boxes and many other items out of a storage room to make more space, we offered to help bring up mattresses to set in place.

Angela was the lady letting us know what to do and God again used the Saints to bless those who help others.  Angela was so overwhelmed tears poured out.  As we left there to continue on to our next stop, Angela said a prayer over us that overwhelmed us all.  She was extremely passionate for all parties involved.  It was incredible.

Our Walmart visit was next and we greeted customers, helping to raise snacks for a local Snack Pack program.  Went fantastic, raised a lot of product for the program and was able to bless and serve a lot of locals.  God is good.

Ended our day with dinner at Steve’s Classic Burgers in Columbia.  Awesome place!  The owner opened the place after being told by God to do so.  Very, very nice place.  Feeling blessed by God.

Day 4

Hurricane Matthew is here.  Too much weather, so we’re heading home.  Opportunities to serve ran out.

Over the past 4 days I was able to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Not the typical crusade but all in all a very rewarding trip.  God has a plan for everyone and everything in life.  When He shows you the plan…Run with it! You won’t be disappointed – I’m not.

I love each and every one of my new Saints teammates as much as I do my old friends.  It’s a brother I will carry with me for life.  Thank you to the Saints Prison Ministry for this opportunity to serve.  Praise God!

2016 Crusade Update

2016 Crusade Schedule Update
March 3-6         NJ Saints Basketball             Ohio                   116 decisions/925 Gospels distributed
March 9-13       Ministry-wide Softball         Central FL            31 decisions/1,189 Gospels
April 13-17        CCOC (New Jersey)              South Carolina    33 decisions/510 Gospels distributed
June 2-5             CCMC                                    Western PA          31 decisions/765 Gospels distributed
July 6-10            PA Saints Softball                NY – Adirondack  94 decisions/585 Gospels distributed
August 16-21    NJ Saints Softball                Wisconsin             108 decisions/1,095 Gospels
Sept. 23-25      VA Saints Softball                 PA/MD                   26 decisions/170 Gospels distributed
Oct. 5-9            NE Region Softball               West Virginia
Oct. 5-9            SE Region Softball                South Carolina

2016 Crusade Update

2016 Crusade Update

God has blessed abundantly through our crusades of this year and we anxiously await more fantastic stories of His transforming power as we finish the last few crusades of 2016!

March 3-6                        Ohio                                                NJ Saints basketball team

*116 decisions / 925 Gospels distributed

 

March 9-13                      Central Florida                              Ministry-wide softball team

*31 decisions / 1,189 Gospels distributed

 

April 13-17                       South Carolina                              Coastal Christian Ocean City team

*33 decisions / 510 Gospels distributed

 

June 2-5                          Western Pennsylvania                Calvary Chapel Mercer County  team

*31 decisions / 765 Gospels distributed

 

July 6-10                          Adirondack Region (NY)             PA Saints softball team

August 16-21                  Wisconsin                                      NJ Saints softball team

September 23-25           Allegheny Mountains (MD)         VA Saints softball team

October 5-9                     West Virginia                                 NE Region (open)

October 5-9                     Western Tennessee                     SE Region (open)

 

We are excited about all the doors God is opening for us, even in the face of challenges. Praise the Lord for those who have made the life-changing decision to put Jesus first in their lives!  We are thrilled that God allowed us to be there when He revealed Himself to them and wrote their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

Please be in prayer for all the men that will participate in the remaining crusades, that God will use each and every one of them to His glory and the furtherance of His Kingdom!

Arizona Adventure 2015

Here is a glimpse into the way God used 14 willing men to reach inmates in Arizona in March…

As an inmate at the Federal prison in Tucson, AZ I would like to thank you for your softball team’s visit. It was so heartening to see people from outside these walls doing something that is happy and joyful! I especially appreciate the fact that your players spent time in fellowship with us. I once attended a church choir program and after the pro- gram I returned to the chapel because I had forgotten something. As I entered, I overheard one woman saying she was glad it was over because “she didn’t realize we (in- mates) would be that close, not behind some barrier.” You clearly didn’t care about that! Your visit was a real blessing – a reminder that there is a real world out there, so Thank You!                                     -Theodore H., USP Tucson, Arizona

It was a pleasure to watch The Saints play against our soft- ball team “the devils” (not really – just kidding!). But it is true that we are under the spell of the devil; that is why we ended up here. But thanks to Jesus Christ, who shed His blood on the cross to save us from our sins! I love that “clown” on your team who sat on our side and joked around

I wish I had talked to him. He was just next to me and when we went in the church I was saying to myself that I want to talk to him so he can pray for me and my But I missed that opportunity and I do not know when they are coming back. This reminds me of my feelings toward Christ

I have been putting off things I can do to make Him my own Redeemer. But now here I am! I thank God that He never gave up on me! I know He is talking to me now and saying “see what I told you – but it is okay and I still love you. Just let me come into your heart and I will do the rest for you.” What a gracious, loving Savior! More power to The Saints Prison Ministry, in and out of he prison walls. May the Lord bless and keep you always!         – David S., USP Tucson, Arizona

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