Thank you to all who contributed items for Operation Christmas Bag!
I also want to acknowledge the two homeschool moms and their sons who helped me put the bags together. I handed out the bags on Thursday and Friday this past week to both inmates and staff. The men and women at the jail deeply appreciated your concern for them. In fact, I saw smiles on the faces of some inmates who had never even looked me in the eye before. The work that went into this project was well-worth it. I pray that this little act of love would soften hearts to the gospel. Tracts were included in the bags, so pray that somebody would respond to God’s truth presented there.
Training for Reformers Unanimous (RU) on December 6th and 7th was a success. We had a good turn-out and there is great enthusiasm for this faith-based addictions recovery program. International Director Ben Burks and his assistant Cisco Cervantes effectively communicated the biblical foundations for RU, but the highlight for me was hearing testimonies the second night from formerly incarcerated men whose lives were changed through RU. God’s Word is transformational and that is what RU is all about.
The jail volunteers leading RU will kick things off on Saturday, January 5th. While there have been some challenges in adapting the program to the unique situation at the Geauga Co Safety Center, God has been faithfully answering our prayers for his wisdom and guidance. Already, inmates have been signing up for the program. I’m very excited to see where God takes this!
A major need at the jail is more Christian literature in Spanish. Titles I’d be excited to obtain in Spanish include [but not limited to]:
- More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer
- Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
- Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
- The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
- A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller
Here is a source for Spanish language Christian books: https://is.gd/A37JIp
1. Pray that the Holy Spirit would soften hearts to receive the Gospel and that men and women in the jail would surrender their lives completely to Christ. Also, please pray for opportunities to share Christ with the corrections officers.
pray for the spiritual protection of myself and volunteers. The enemy
does not like giving up territory in this battle (Eph. 6:12).
Merry Christmas & Blessings in our Savior,
Chaplain Ethan Maynard