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Donations For Miracles - A Holy Exchange

How is your [donated] money used? It’s used to perform a miracle Thursday night’s at 6:30 PM behind the walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary. God meets us not only in the sacraments, but in another place, a promise. In Matthew’s gospel Jesus tell…
By Pastor Bob Chell, St. Dysmas of South Dakota How is our money used? It was an email or a note enclosed with a gift to our ministry, I can’t recall for certain. I do know I f… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/donations-miracles-holy-exchange/

Building Bridges

[Ed Nesselhuf] inspired me to do more in my home church here in Chicago. When the opportunity for Bethel Lutheran Church came to be involved in ministry with returning citizens, I advocated for Bethel church to take part in this ministry. Now every Tues…
By Neil Bullock, PCA Board Member Like all of us I was saddened by the news of Ed Nesselhuf’s transition from this life into the next and prayed for his family that he loved so… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/building-bridges/

Rainbow Reflections

Prison is cold. Languishing in a plastic chair, an elbow resting on my bunk's metal headboard, I wistfully gaze through metal bars guarding my cell. Four feet beyond looms an expanded metal mesh barricade between angled iron uprights. All is a uniform …
by Gary Gurwell from his prison cell, December 1998 Prison is cold.  Languishing in a plastic chair, an elbow resting on my bunk's metal headboard, I wistfully gaze through met… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/rainbow-reflections/

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Left alone and depressed in a jail cell in Nashville after getting a DUI, I had no hope to go forward in life. Most of my family and friends had shunned me. I had no one that would take my calls while I was incarcerated...Someone invited me to attend your…
by Pastor Scott Jamieson, Church of Another Chance, inside the Nashville, TN men's jail This unedited letter from one of [Church of Another Chance] members speaks to the powerf… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/do-you-hear-what-i-hear/

And So We Start Anew

Here is what I know for sure: the blessings and challenges that lay before us in 2017 will all be God-driven and God-present. Things will not happen exactly according to our plans, but will happen in God’s time, with God’s guidance. As director of this …
By Mary Mortenson, Director Prison Congregations of America For much of our culture, the beautiful season of Christmas is over.  Lights and decorations are put away, there is n… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/and-so-we-start-anew/