To all FOCUS Volunteers, Donors, and Staff:
It’s been over 20 years since God called me into this exciting full-time Ministry behind the walls, and as I look back on the history of FOCUS I’m amazed at what He has done:
1) FOCUS Christian Academy has been established in 7 Correctional Facilities with men and women hearing the gospel and being discipled on a weekly basis
2) Malachi Dads (and now Hannah’s Gift) was begun which is allowing dads and moms to reconcile with their children – many for the first time in years
3) FOCUS Christian Academy on the outside was established to give men (and now women) the hope of a new life in Christ beyond prison walls
I’ve been blessed in all those years to work with hundreds of Godly Christian brothers behind the walls and they have impacted my life in powerful ways as I watched them walk out their faith. Many of them have gotten out and become some of my dearest friends – It’s been a blast watching them grow in the Lord, begin families of their own, and become integral parts of their churches and communities.
I’ve also been blessed immeasurably by serving side by side with Volunteers like you and will always remember how God has worked through you to change lives and impact the Kingdom. I may be a little prejudiced, but I believe FOCUS has the best Volunteers in the world!
On that note, as of April 15th, I will be retiring from my paid position with FOCUS. The Bible says that to everything there is a season, and as this season comes to a close, I can hardly wait to see what God has in store next – I’m pretty sure that it will still entail serving behind prison walls as a volunteer.
As most of you know, the past couple of years have been very difficult for Debbie and me - hopefully my retirement will allow me to spend more time with her. Thank you so much for how so many of you have prayed for us and poured into our lives.
In the words of Paul in Philippians 1:4-6 … "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
In His Service,
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