Shawnee and Vienna Correctional Facilities Report
The Apostle Paul wrote in I Cor. 16:9: “For a great and effective door has been opened for me and there are many adversaries”. That exact real tension of seeing God open a great and effective door with real opposition is what Tom and Wendy Horton and I experienced in our “Freedom God’s Way” ministry these last few days inside the Vienna and Shawnee Correctional Centers in Southern Illinois. However, we saw and heard the testimonies of many men who experienced the total transformation of the Power of the Truth of The Gospel that was clearly proclaimed, lived and applied.
Many men were converted to Christ; others were brought back and healed from oppression, depression and discouragement. Many men also testified publicly about the unity and love we all experienced in our days together, especially when we experienced “Communion together over the Lord’s Supper” with the opportunity to come clean with God our Father and with each other publicly that lead many to genuine repentance. The Hortons and I were humbled by how the Grace of God was applied by the Holy Spirit in the lives of many of these precious men, who were built up and uplifted in Christ Jesus. They told us that they cannot wait for us to come back because their lives were changed for good for God’s glory.
We invited these men to join our Radical Time Out fellowship on Thursdays at College Church and “Koinonia” Fellowship on Wednesdays at Willow Creek, South Barrington, starting, September 4th where they will network with possible employers, mentors and God’s people to place a “fence of love” around them.
We left them with enough practical Truth so they can fan the flame of the Holy Spirit to see the Church in Vienna and Shawnee grow in the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!
We want to thank our investors, prayer warriors and supporters for sending us into the gold mines of Vienna and Shawnee Correctional Center with the greatest and most Glorious message of the Gospel, aleluya!!!