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Good News (from the 2nd Quarter 2018 Newsletter)

 
 

 

 

From: Ernesto F.
Community Correctional, McFarland, CA

Dear Sister Sharon; I want to thank you for the last ďMy Brotherís KeeperĒ, volume 23, first quarter, 2018.Also, thank you much for all your prayers for my brother Arturo.Now Iím going to be able to see him soon.God has given me an early release.Iím going back home next month to Tijuana, Mexico.

It has been a long, long experience in life being here.Iíve learned so much about Godís Christ, and you were with me along this long and winding road and now it is time for me to be out in a free world.Itís gonna be hard, but Iím not alone like before I got here.Now I got Christ in me, so I feel all good and secure.Iím gonna do fine back home again.

I got your info from the web, donít be surprised if you hear from me later this year.Iím gonna do my best to keep in touch somehow.May God bless you always.

Your brother in Christ, Ernesto

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From: Marvin H.
Potosi Correctional, Mineral Point, MO

Dear Alan and Sharon; I received your March 2018 letter and lesson on Easter.Remembering what Christ did for us on the cross and the fact that He is not in the tomb, but is alive today, is the foundation of our faith and beliefs.

I praise God that He sent His Son to pay for my (everyoneís) sins and sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us!

I want to tell you that I was transferred and here is my new address.I will serve Christ for the rest of my days on earth!

ďBut as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His nameĒ. John 1:12

I thank you for your monthly letters, they are a good encouragement and tool for spiritual growth.

A brother in Christ, Marvin

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From: James T.
MacDougall Correctional, Suffield, CT

Dear Christian Ambassadors; Praise the Lord, I give all honor and glory to our God.He has done and still doing great and marvelous things through Christ Jesus.

I want to take a moment to acknowledge the Griffee household, and everyone under the cov≠ering of Christian Ambassadors family, as well.

I wrote a while ago sharing how I came to know about this wonderful ministry, and the transforming words great food for thought.I also hold dear the testimonies from my brothers and sisters who are incarcerated but free.

Now all I want to do is share Godís Word with others, in ways He has touched my life, personal issues, prayer, and the overall way I view things.

Lately God has been speaking to me concerning obedience and being a doer and not just a hearer of Godís Word.That brings me to this point.

I have tithed in the past to other ministries (wonderful ministries) who are doing great work for the Lord.But I have grown to care for this ministry, and how it speaks directly to the believer behind the wall and gives that same believer the avenue to express our love for Jesus and the chains that are being broken.

So after not tithing for a while the Holy Spirit put it on my heart to start again and trust God for the outcome.(See: Malachi 3:8,10)

My job doesnít pay much, yet it reminds me of the widow in the gospel who gave all she had and we all know what God can do. So, my 10% is included, and Iím believing God for your increase as well as mine.

Respectfully Yours, James

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From: Jason E.
Turbeville Correctional, Turbeville, SC

Dear Christian Ambassadors; I pray that all is well with you on this day that the Lord has made.Iím really enjoying the letters Iím receiving.

I went to another prison, so my new address is on the front of this envelope.

Thank you for the inspiring and encouraging letters.

God Bless, Jason

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From: Marlowe B.
San Quentin Prison, San Quentin, CA

Hi Sister Sharon; May God bless you and the Christian Ambassador family, and I feel assured that itís Godís will for that to remain the same.

Iíve been receiving the wonderful words and wisdom of the Lord, which you know I gratefully appreciate.

Iíve been working on a couple of projects, one being Law, which can be ongoing and as wide and deep as any river can be, but itís important, so thereís no doubt that it has to be done.

As we Christians know, sister Sharon, once we put a problem or situation in Godís hands, from that point on, weíll just ride along.

So, Iíll close now with nothing but praise and empathy for Christian Ambassadors, Inc.

Sincerely, Marlowe

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From: Roger C.
Trinidad MR, Model, CO

Dear Sister Sharon; Blessings and peace of Jesus be upon you.I related to your recent [March, Spiritual Growth Lesson].In fact, I have repeatedly come across men in prison who had the same experiences as ďPeteĒ, in your article.They went to church as a young person, because of various reasons, but the Christ of the church never got in them.At times it caused them confusion because they didnít experience the power of Christ or the Gospel, despite being told they would.

Many times, I have had to show them where they were missing it and by the Lordís grace, led them to the relationship with Christ they wanted.In fact, Iím giving this recent lesson you sent, to [someone] who had the same background and testimony.So, thank you for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

The Lord is moving on my behalf on many fronts.The Lord has united me with people, who have come alongside to help me on my transition out of prison.It is a move of God for certain.God bless your work.

In His Arms, Roger

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From: John T.
California State Prison, Lancaster, CA

Greetings Sharon & Alan; Your story about ďPeteĒ [March, Spiritual Growth Lesson] is one like mine, except I donít even have a T.V.

But one thing I have is a Bible and a lot of Christian friends from the streets writing me.

It keeps me focused.John

 

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From: Daniel P.
Kilby Correctional, Mount Meigs, AL

Hi Christian Ambassadors; When I came to prison twelve years ago, I was determined to know what it meant to be a ďChristianĒ.I did not grow up in ďchurchĒ nor was I a ďgoodĒ kid.My background/childhood was abusive to say the least.Before I was out of junior high, I had experimented in sex, drugs, and alcohol, all of which turned into serious addictionsÖ I just wanted peaceÖI just wanted to be lovedÖI just wanted (fill in the blank).

The meat of my true rebirth was at my first joint [prison].I was extremely frustrated.There were all these so-called ďeldersĒ of the church ranked accord≠ing to the day they accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.The problem with this, is these men were not following what I was reading in the Bible. (I was a babe in Christ and things just werenít making sense.)

So, I cried out to God in great frustration.What makes me an elder?What makes me a Christian?He whispered in my heart, ďHow many seconds are in a day?ĒBeing still a quite young Christian, I ignored the question, wrote it off as stupid, and got even more frustrated.

God didnít write me off and pestered me relent≠lessly.ďHow many seconds are in a day?How many seconds are in a day?ĒOn and on and on!

There are 86,400 seconds in a day!Then He asked me what I thought was a silly question; ďWhich one do I want?ĒSimple answer, ďAll of them!Ē

His answer was a gentle rebuke, ďNope, try again.ĒAgain, in frustration, I sought the answer in prayer and Scripture.He led me to the man on the cross who followed Christ into Paradise.He led me to Philippians 3:13-14; Matthew 6:34; I Thess. 5:16;
and many, many more verses that have become instrumental to my walk, such as Galatians 2:20 and
2 Corinthians 5:17.

What He taught me was, ďI want this second.ĒI understood now that in a day of 86,400 seconds only one has been given to me.It is the talent I can hide or invest; and in the day I stand before Him, He will ask me what I did with my second (my talent).

For you see, the other 85,399 seconds have al≠ready been used or have not been given.Those that have been used are His, never for me to have again.Those that are His I have no ability to use, only that one second that He gives to me each day.What makes me well pleasing to God, what makes me a good and faithful servant is where I am residing.If I reside in the past I am a pauper; if I reside in the future, I am a fool.However, if I reside in the now, what a rich, rich man I am.

When someone asks me how I am doing, my answer is, ďAny better and Iíd be in Heaven.ĒFor Scripture tells me that as long as I abide in the flesh, Christ walks with me.And when I die, I walk with Christ.So how can I be any better?Thatís what living this second for Christ has taught me.

I donít care that Iím in prison, and I donít know if Iíll ever catch parole.I donít know if Iíll ever see my out date of July 20, 2022.I only know one thing for sure: Christ saved my family and Christ saved me, and Heís with us now until that second when we are with Him Ė a most precious second indeed.

God bless you (this second) Daniel

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From: Gregory J.
Groveland Correctional, Sonyea, NY

Dear Sister Griffee; Praise God!I pray this letter finds you, your husband, and your whole ministry in the best of health, as well as good spirits and in Godís protection as always.I am doing okay and feeling so blessed thanks to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Sister Griffee, itís really been a blessing to have you, your husband, and your ministry in my life to share Godís word.You all drew me closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Your Newslet≠ters, Word Study and Spiritual Growth Lessons were always inspirational to me and kept me focused on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Plus, they helped me to change for the better.

I have been corresponding with your ministry for over the past seventeen years and youíve been a very strong inspirational force in my life.Now I can honestly say that I have a relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I constantly talk to Him daily and read His Word.Thank you so much!

God is good all the time and it took me many years to realize that.Your ministry has stood by me through all the bad times as well as the good times, and even the times when I felt like giving up.Your ministry helped me to make it through all these years, plus it helped me to grow in the Lord and build a strong relationship with Jesus.

I love your newsletters and all the inspirational poems I read in them from other inmates.I love your Word Studies and Spiritual Growth Lessons, because they always seem to speak directly to me and convict me if Iím losing sight of my Lord.Now I know the way to righteousness, even in this environment (prison).No matter where we are at, or what we go through, we must always stay focused on Jesus and meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report and virtue.

See Sister Griffee, though Iím in prison I can renew my mind so that I donít conform to the evil habits of this world.I thank God and you for helping me realize this.

I would like to share something with my brothers and sisters in Christ who are in prison.Iím so glad to have the knowledge of Christ with obedience to His Word, because Iím more blessed and happy today since Iíve ever been while I am in prison.I feel that itís better to know the way of righteousness, be obedient to it and live it, instead of knowing it and not being obedient to it.(See: 2 Peter 2:20-21)

Since Iím in Christ, I have the ambition to please Him.I strive to please the Lord not only because I know that I will be with Him, but also, I know that He will evaluate my work whether good or bad and reward me accordingly. (2 Cor. 5:10)

As a result of being obedient to Godís Word, doing His will and following Jesus Christ, I was blessed to leave the Maximum Correctional Facility after twenty-four years, and move to a Medium Correctional Facility.God is really good, and my next step will be home, because I trust my God and I have great faith that He will open doors for me.Itís because of His grace and mercy that Iím able to write you today.

Your brother in Christ, Gregory