I Went…

by adustyframe ~ March 27th, 2012

…to my 1st training for prison ministry last night.

I didn’t want to go and spent most of the day thinking of ways to avoid going.

It was a group of about 12 people who were working through Campus Crusade’s Bible studies. It wasn’t that bad you know.

I found out that I’ll have to wait to get state clearance until after the summer–I just missed the cut off for the spring clearance. I think that’s good. I can work up my courage.

I’ve known for a long while that God wants me to work in prison ministry in some capacity at some point. I don’t know if I will jump into this one at this point in my life, but it’s good for me to at least take steps toward being involved.

This has been a good reminder to me that sometimes God asks us to do things beyond our comfort level. Just because I’m not jumping up and down excited about it doesn’t mean it’s not God’s will. It also doesn’t mean that it won’t be a very good thing.

The leader came up to me at the break and casually asked, “So, Lizzie, have you ever been in a prison?”

I’m pretty sure I look like a “church lady”. I wonder if he thought that I thought this would be “cool” or “fun”. Or perhaps he just thought that I should at least know what I was in for.

Before I went, I didn’t think I’d talk about Lee’s incarceration–I was just there for info.

However, when he asked, I just said, “Yes, my husband was incarcerated.”

His face changed and he said, “Well, then you know don’t you.”

Yes, I do.

He said he was so excited to work with people and see God change their lives. I told him truly that is one of the main reasons that I want to find some way to give back. We were incredibly grateful for the chaplains who ministered to Lee.

So, I’m not sure that this is a new chapter right now, but at least I’m obeying God and moving towards prison ministry.

And it wasn’t THAT bad…. I survived!

 

 

Lizzie

9 Thoughts Shared to I Went…

  1. Sally Martin

    Praise the Lord you took this step of obeying His leading. I will be praying for you as you train for when ever He places you somewhere. I am proud of you for obeying the first step.

  2. Lisa

    Interesting Lizzie, I’ve been having similar thoughts for a few years down the road.God doesn’t ask us when we’re ready though, he asks us when he needs us. Just go girl!

  3. Pam

    Proud of you and your obedient spirit

  4. Ame

    i totally get this :)

    good for you.

  5. Barbara H.

    I can see how you’d rather just close the door on that chapter of your lives and never have anything to do with prisons again, but I can also see how that God can use your experiential knowledge uniquely in a prison-related ministry. Good for you for taking this step in the process of seeking His will.

    I know what you mean that sometimes what He wants us to do is out of our comfort zone and not something that fills us with excitement. I can think of so many instances when I was less than thrilled about something but then saw God use it.

  6. Janet

    I’m very proud of you, Lizzie! God will richly bless you!

  7. Joy

    praying for you!

  8. Jennifer

    What a beautiful way to share God’s love.

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