Keith's Loss and Christ's Gain

Monday, March 8, 2021

Testimony #26
It was Keith’s first time to be a part of Knowing Jesus.  

He shared how when he was in his bunk and heard the callout he sensed the Spirit urged him to get dressed and go.  He had never done so and had not intended to do so but this time he was compelled.  

Keith had no trouble...

Gerardo's Poem

Monday, March 8, 2021

Testimony #25
Having been kept out of Calhoun CI for 9 months due to quarantining and other factors, I was thrilled to return last week.

The Knowing Jesus gathering was considerably smaller than before the pandemic.  A few of the men had died from covid and many had transferred out.  Still we had...

Eddie's Surprise Blessings

Monday, March 8, 2021

Testimony #24
Eddie is probably in his late twenties to early thirties.  He showed up for the Knowing Jesus gathering and seemed very happy to be with us.  When I asked the usual question, “Where have you seen the hand of God lately?”, Eddie was one of those with a report.

He told us that he was just...

Right Where Joe Is

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Testimony #23 

I’ll call him Joe.  

Joe took the recovery classes, did the work, and trusts in Jesus.  He’s a smart man, well educated, soft spoken and polite.  He struggles more than many over living in an environment with so much violence.  But, Joe has hope in Jesus.

He shared...

Tex's Contention

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

#22 Tex’s Contention
Back in the prisons after a long quarantine lockdown! Halleluia!
Toward the end of the “Knowing Jesus” gathering, the new face in the back raised his hand.  “I’m an atheist” he stated contentiously.  
I love it when this happens.  
We didn’t argue with Tex.  We acknowledged...

Paul's 'All-In'

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #21
I want you to hear from Paul again.  He had a testimony awhile back (#15) but as you well know, the Lord continues toward the completion of the good work He has begun in us, and like you and me, Paul is one of His works in progress.
Paul, again this second time, stood up to address the men...

Jay's Mission

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #20My best guess is that Jay is six foot four and 50 years old.  He is slender, energetic, positive and speaks with an East Indian brogue.  While new to the camp, he has fit in well by shining the love of Jesus all around.The Chaplain’s noticed Jay’s leadership and asked if he would like to be a part of...

Tommy's Sentence

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #19
I’ve had contact with Tommy for over 7 years now.  As is the case with most inmates, I have no idea of what crime he was convicted nor the length of his sentence.He is an older man, probably late sixties or early seventies, very even-tempered, quiet, respectful and kind.Last week he stood up to...

Tim's Return

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #18Tim reluctantly stood up to speak to the others.  He had wrestled with the idea of keeping quiet but then excused himself for coming forward by explaining that he had promised God he would tell the story to any who would listen.For 10 or 15 minutes he told us of how his broken life was littered with...

Matt's Contagion

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #17Matt (the same Matt from testimony #7) shared an amazing testimony in the midst of one of our large gatherings.  I wish I could relate it to you, but to tell you the truth, it was such a supernatural event that words will not communicate. But here we go.We were discussing Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians...

Peter's Mother

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #16I got a call today from Peter.  He was released almost a year ago and went directly to a hospital in New England to be with his ailing mother of 87 years.  He shared with me how God had worked for his mother.He spent the last three months of her life by her side, sharing how his recovery and his faith...

Paul's Relapse & Rodney's Encouragement

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #15I’ve known Paul for about a year.  He has been a faithful participant in my recovery classes and living clean and sober.  He showed up at this week’s Knowing Jesus gathering and shared a testimony.  I’ll let him tell you.“I’d been following Jesus, reading the Bible, staying sober and everything was going...

Patrick's Freedom

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #14Patrick, a former meth addict, says he has never had anything to look forward to all his life except getting high.  He is clean and sober now and doing the hard work of recovery. He has become a follower of Jesus, claiming Him as Lord and Savior.At a small gathering last week he spoke up and told us...

Chad's Release

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #13Chad attended Common Solution Recovery classes and followed instructions doing the hard work for recovery.  He has been incarcerated several times for drug dealing and possession.  Every time, he intended to stay clean and do right.  Every time he fell.  The repeated failures when he sincerely wanted...

Rex's Joy

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #12
Rex, barely  30, seemed to be waiting for the question — the usual one. “Where have you seen God at work this week?“
He was quick to put up his hand and make eye contact with me with a big grin on his face.
It looked like this was going to be a really happy testimony.
Rex explained...

Mike's Courage

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Testimony #11
Mike is about 45 years old, skinny, and with a nervous disposition.  When he would talk to me I always had to make him repeat himself because he was so quiet and nervous. One day after the Knowing Jesus gathering as the men were leaving, he came up to me and told me that he was in a very difficult...

Jason's Surprise

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Testimony #10
Jason had a brief testimony about how he’s seeing God at work.
He’s new to this particular prison camp. He came in on a transfer from another one. He quickly heard about the ‘Knowing Jesus’ gathering at the chapel and signed up for it.
Today was Jason‘s first day with us but he was eager...

Jeff's Faith

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Testimony #9
After the opening prayer for the “Knowing Jesus” gathering, I posed the usual question to the men; “What have you seen God doing lately?”
Jeff raised his hand and shared about a visit that he and Jose had at the infirmary.  He explained how on Saturdays the two of them, as chapel orderlies,...

Juan's Vision

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Testimony #8
 Juan and I were talking awhile back, sharing our sadness and confusion over a Christian brother  and inmate (about my age) named Dennis who had committed suicide.  Juan shared a story from his past and then at my request put it on paper for me to translate into English for you here.  
I met...

Matt's Explosion

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Testimony #7
Matt is pretty young, probably early thirties and small in stature.  He sits by himself and keeps quiet.  Not so much on this Tuesday.
Already, we had heard a few testimonies of seeing God at work in the prison when Matt stood up and began to speak in a rapid staccato rhythm.
He told us...

Roy's Joy

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Testimony #6
Roy is close to 30 and always seems excited about Jesus.  That Tuesday, when he raised his hand to share with the group how he had seen God at work lately, I could tell he was busting with joy.
What he shared was simple but especially meaningful for him.  He was able to have a positive impact...

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