Enjoy this great story of testimony about a man of God and his nephew.
He was writing to request his nephew at Returning Hearts -- the request was granted! Praise the Lord!
Hear from Joan DeJoode about what God is doing in Carter County and the Northeast Correctional.
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Two Weeks Ago
We wonderful class happened at Carter County Jail last night. Mikki Costner taught "Experiencing God" ... and we had 2 classes of 10 in the first class and 12 in the second class. Ten girls dedicated/rededicated their lives to our Lord and Savior. There were many new girls. The girls were very attentive and really enjoyed the class. We felt God was at work strongly in many of the girls' lives.
Allen taught the men "Going for the Gold" with the teaching on setting realistic, specific, measurable Christ-centered goals based on Paul's teaching in Romans. Joel Williams and Carl Bryan came along to help and pray. There were two classes with 8 in the first class and 6 in the second class. Eleven men committed/recommitted to our Lord and Savior. All inmates seemed to have an expectation of learning new things and changing their futures.
One Week Ago
A wonderful class happened at Carter Co. Jail last night. I (Joan) taught "Experiencing God" and "Obedience is Costly" to the girls from Lower Floor. Faith Urick came along to help and pray as the teaching was going on. We had only one class of 13 girls. Three girls dedicated/rededicated their lives to our Lord and Savior. There were many new girls.
Allen taught the men (continuing) "Going for the Gold" with the teaching on their success for when they get out. He also had only one class of 13 men. Eight men committed/recommitted to our Lord and Savior.
Both groups (in jail) are advised of our "Living Free" group at Cornerstone Church on Thursday nights, and are encouraged to visit when they come out of jail.
Please continue to pray for these willing servants and the great work happening in Carter County.
The deadline for the Bill Glass Day of Champions in Knoxville is tonight! Please take time to learn about this great organization (click photo). Register at a FOCUS Team Member for the event (click button).
Listen to this wonderful student feedback from the Women of Hope Church Service FOCUS provides on Tuesday Nights at Bledsoe County.
Kayla - I’ve been saved for the 1st time in 29 years.
Kelsey - Tuesday nights are my favorite. I look forward to praise and worship at the Women of Hope Service. The teacher gives a message that we can relate to our lives—even in prison. She gives so much time and effort to bring Jesus into our hearts and I couldn’t be more thankful. Being here can make you feel intense shame, but knowing I have a Heavenly Father who loves me no matter my past gives me hope. I want to thank y’all for the work that goes into FOCUS Ministries.
Tasha - I was recently shipped to Bledsoe and was very surprised and thankful when I attended their FOCUS Programs. They are great J I love the teachers and their love for our Father. These ladies are truly inspiring to me. I hope to be a minister one day. Thanks so much for the workbooks, books, and study supplies. I can’t even express in words how much that means. Keep coming back. You guys are saving people. <3
Kerri - My experience with the FOCUS Ministries Women of Hope church service is great. It is teaching me that even though people make mistakes, they can be a new person through Christ. There is always hope, no matter what is going on in your life.
Sandra - When I first started FOCUS Ministries programs, I was pretty much lost and there was so much I did not know or understand. I was afraid to ask questions, thinking, “I should know that” or “I will sound dumb.” But we were encouraged to ask questions and learn through our workbooks and books. I became comfortable because I was learning and I had to take that step out in faith. God tells me He loves me and He will transform me into who He needs me to be. Praise God!
Melissa - I feel my spirit is growing closer to Jesus. Coming to FOCUS Ministries programs keeps my focus on Jesus, rather than on my circumstances. I have a growing hunger for Jesus and His Word.
Amanda - The last few months, I was going through some things and completely stopped coming to service, but last month I finally decided I needed to come and worship at the Women of Hope service. When I did, my heart opened up and the fog lifted off of me. Since last week, I have been out of the bed, no more crying, and I feel great. I feel like the depression is gone. I feel like a new person. I love Jesus!
Elverta - When I came to the FOCUS Ministries Women of Hope Service for the first time, I was really down, but during the church service, I felt like the teaching was pointed in my direction. FOCUS made me feel comfortable and let me be who I am. I felt like the Holy Spirit was talking to me.
Dana - I was having a really bad day, not planning to come to service and just a couple minutes before time to walk out of the pod, I had a huge intense urge to come to the FOCUS Ministries church service and I’m so glad I did. I felt like everything talked about was directed to me and it completely lifted my spirits and filled me with happiness and peace. So, this month, I plan to come to all 4 Tuesday night services!
Please continue to pray for these wonderful ladies, and all the other women FOCUS serves behind the walls.