September 2013

Frank came to the PCCF 6 months ago for an A&B. I wouldn’t say Frank is a “frequent flyer” but, this was not his first time here. His problem, like so many here, is the booze. He drinks, and because the alcohol alters his mind, he does things he would normally not do. The stats are the same across the board. About 97% of all who are incarcerated in America, are doing time for alcohol or drug related crimes. The good thing was, this time he decided to check out God!

Frank knew all along that his problem was the bottle, and every time he left the jail to be released he thought he could change and that it would be different. In the Bible study class, he learned about sin. How everyone is infected with, and born in, sin. Sin affects the way we see things, the way we think, the way we speak and act, to name a few. When Frank learned this he asked, “How do we get rid of this sin?” I told him the truth, “We can’t, but God can!

When I shared the gospel, the “good news” with Frank, namely that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins, and that Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, he was thrilled and filled with joy (John 1:29)! He then confessed to God that he was a sinner, thanked God for sending His Son to die for his sins, and then asked Jesus to live inside him! Frank has not been the same since (2Cor. 5:17)! He started the Bible lessons and is on his way to finishing all 300 of them!

Frank told me, “I learned about Jesus as a child, but I have come to know Him in jail this time around, with more understanding of what He wants from me and how to attain it!” The only way we really know anybody, is by spending time with them. We can all know about someone, but really cannot know that person until you spend time with them. The good thing about jail, is when you are surrounded by 4 walls and have no place to look but up, you may be right where God wants you to be, and now you can come to actually know your Maker and Savior, by spending time with Him through His written Word (the Bible) and the living Word, His Son Jesus, the Christ (John 14:9)!

SPECIAL THANKS!

Woody & Jo of Mission Possible provide many tracts and books for the inmates here and they are a blessing to us. Thanks to Ken & Wendy Begin, 1st Baptist of Duxbury for providing Bibles & Study Bibles! We really appreciate Karen Cronin, Sally Harrington, Jim Mastrangelo, Marshcorner Church and Nick Pratley for grading the many Bible lessons completed by the PCCF inmates.

We would also like to thank the many pastors and supporters who have come in to the PCCF to teach a Bible study class: Pastors Gerson Anunciacao, Chet Blay, Dave Crooker, Jerry Fernandes, Wayne Krause, Dick Nooney, Randy Randall and Allen Somergie.

PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS

Prayer for inmates who will soon be released, that they will start attending a good church, find work, transportation and a place to live.

Praise for the inmates who have come to Christ, who are doing Bible lessons and who are growing in the Lord!

Praise for the brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for, and support our ministry here at PCCF.

YOU CAN HELP! ☺ ☺

We need volunteers to grade Bible lessons!

Also, if anyone has a vehicle that they would like to donate to NHCM, let Chaplain Danny know! Some inmates after their release need a car to get back to work!

If you would like to make a contribution to our ministry, please make your check out to:

New Hope Correctional Ministry or NHCM and mail to:

New Hope Correctional Ministry

P.O. Box 1694

Plymouth, MA 02362

Thank you for your prayers and support! ☺

Chaplain Danny Croce