by Frank Zeidler, Jr., Executive Director
I accompanied the team from Fayetteville First Baptist Church in conducting a softball crusade to Florida and the title of this article became the mantra for the MAs on the trip. Given that this was the team’s first crusade, they did not realize this was one of the more bizarre trips in which I’ve participated.
At the first prison we visited, the officers at the front gate were not expecting us when we pulled up. However, the Chaplain was…but the softball team wasn’t. A little digging uncovered the fact that our posters were hanging around the prison with the wrong date on them!
On Friday, the inmate population found out we were coming to visit as they walked into the recreation yard and saw us waiting on the field! All the paperwork was competed and prepared for us to enter – they just never told the inmates. The icing on the cake was when a fight broke out in the main yard on Saturday just as we were beginning our Gospel message. It was not near our team at all, but when the officers yelled “Get down” you had better believe we listened! In that yard, we handed out 200 Gospels and collected exactly one response card!
The good news is that the Lord wasn’t surprised by any of it and the results above show that His hand was in everything that happened. But no kidding…that was weird!