Dixon Correctional Report
We just completed a trip to Dixon Correctional Center, in Dixon, IL, and we had a much bigger group, eager and engaged to receive much more “Freeing Biblical Truth”! All of our Q & A sessions were very interactive and rewarding for us because the men asked some deep and solid questions. Their “attitude of gratitude” was also very refreshing. I believe that we saw many hearts “revived” and minds “reformed” by the Holy Spirit as the Word of God was clearly proclaimed and the men engaged with the Word. We also saw the Holy Spirit sparking the foundation for a much more vibrant and unified Church to be planted in Dixon in the near future. We took communion together, but before the service started, we all came clean with God and with each other, aleluya!! The spirit of humility became real and transparent among the men.
We taught the men how to intercede in prayer and why we pray. We also taught them how to be courageous. We also broke down for them God’s clear expectations, promises and benefits all tied to our obedience. The men learned how to interview for a job and how to keep a job; how to forgive and why; and many other practical things for the reality of the outside upon their release from prison.
We also gave the men opportunity to share what the “Freedom God’s Way” weekend meant to them and what they learned. So we heard some amazing and humbling testimonies as part of our weekend together from many of the men.
Then on Sunday, the final day, the House of the Lord was packed to capacity. We gave them the final charge as Wendy read a couple of amazing stories and I preached from Joshua 1:1-9 “Freedom God’s Way Requires Practical Faith that Believes the Impossible”. We completed our time with the men with a very practical skit where many of them participated in “How to stay out of prison for good – not just somehow but triumphantly”, aleluya. The men want us back real soon.
We thank you for your prayers and support as we do our best to: “Build Bridges – and Restore Hope.”