August 2014

Joe had made a profession of faith in Christ when he was a teen at retreat some years ago. He had never been taught how to follow Christ or walk with the Lord by reading, listening, studying, meditating and memorizing the Word of God. He had simply repeated a prayer at a retreat and continued to live his own life, his own way. This continued for many years and in his own words he told me, “I knew I was doing wrong but couldn’t stop!” His drinking had split apart his family and caused his children to rebel.

As a result of living his own life his own way, Joe had been arrested several times and had been in and out of jail as a result. Only this time when he came to the PCCF for his fourth OUI, things were going to change for him. Joe came to a Bible study at the request of a friend and I was teaching a passage in the Word about sin and our need to repent and believe (Mark 1:15). Joe, at first did not like this and did not come to the study for a while, but the Word of God was taught and the Holy Spirit convicted him mightily (John 16:8, 9).

God would not leave Joe alone! ☺ The convicting work of the Holy Spirit made him open the Bible often and not long after, Joe did repent and his life has been changed! He came back to the weekly Bible study classes (all 4 of them), and is on fire for God! Joe has completed the 350 Bible lessons and earned his own Study Bible! One thing is certain. Joe is not the same person I first met about a year ago! ☺ He has been dramatically changed! He carries his Bible everywhere and when he sits down, he is reading! He appears glued to the pages of sacred scripture and his life reflects what he is hearing and learning in the Word (Romans 10:17)!

Joe asked me to sign his Study Bible the other day which I did, but he then added, “Put down the ‘No Bible, no breakfast!’ which I added also. As with most of the Study Bibles that the inmates earn here by doing all the lessons, I write at the bottom of the first page the reference, Matthew 13:16, which states, “Blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear!” Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God (Romans 10:17)! ☺                 Proverbs 20:12

SPECIAL THANKS!

Jo Woody of Mission Possible have provided 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, Nick Pratley and Kim Terenzoni 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, Jeff Lavoie, Wayne Krause, Dick Nooney, Randy Randall, Allen Somergie and Dick Telford.

                                   PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS

We are in need of Bibles (Spanish and English) and Study Bibles for the inmates doing lessons.

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! Pray they will be sensitive the Spirit’s leading to walk with Christ!

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

March 2014

New Hope Correctional Ministry at the PCCF!

John is one of our serous Bible students who loves the Lord and knows the Word very well! He has “Pastor” written all over him. He serves the Lord inside and will do so on the outside as well. John is a quiet man and keeps to himself, and no one knew he was trained in martial arts until a couple of thugs came into his cell to rough him up, which was too bad for the two thugs. John however had to go to administrative segregation (ad seg) for a “time out.”

John wrote me a note to tell me he was in ad seg and mentioned that just before he went there he had been reading Acts 8:26-35 (you need to read this!). Shortly after that reading John got a new celly (cellmate). He noticed the man (Bill) was reading his Bible with a confused look on his face. John asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Bill replied, “Not really, I need someone to explain this to me!” John then added in his note, “Coincidence or Divine appointment?” with a small smiley face ☺!

A few days later in my office I retrieved a voice mail from the phone messaging system. A man said he had been here for a week or so before he was bailed out and heard about Jesus and wanted to know of a good Church to attend in the Plymouth/Carver area. I called him back and told him of a few and that I would be at the one in Carver to fill in for the Pastor that following Sunday morning. He said, “I will be there!” He came with his wife Mary and daughter Kelley. His name was Bill. ☺

Thank you for your prayers and support of our ministry!!

February 2014

John is on of our serious Bible students who loves the Lord and knows the Word very well! He has “pastor” written all over him. He serves the Lord inside and will do so on the outside as well. John is a quiet man and keeps to himself, and no one knew he was trained in martial arts until a couple of thugs came into his cell to rough him up, which was too bad for the two thugs. John, however, had to go to administrative segregation (ad seg) for a “time out.”

John wrote me a note to tell me he was in ad seg and mentioned that just before he went there he had been reading Acts 8:26-35 (you need to read this!). Shortly after that reading, John got a new celly (cellmate). He noticed the man (Bill) was reading his Bible with a confused look on his face. John asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Bill replied, “Not really, I need someone to explain this to me!” John then added in his note, “Coincidence or Divine appointment?” with a small smiley face :)!

A few days later in my office I retrieved a voice mail from the phone messaging system. A man said he had been here for a week or so before he was bailed out and heard about Jesus and wanted to know of a good Church to attend in the Plymouth/Carver area. I called him back and told him of a few and that I would be at the one in Carver to fill in for the Pastor that following Sunday morning. He said, “I will be there!” He came with his wife Mary and daughter Kelley. His name was Bill. 🙂

Thank you for your prayers and support of our ministry!!

Chaplain Danny Croce

January 2014

Roberto grew up in Boston. He was introduced to alcohol early in his life and drank regularly. He got in with the wrong crowd and lived to party and sell drugs to support his lifestyle. At the age of 23 he came to PCCF for a drug charge and served a 3 year sentence. He had heard about the Lord and went to Church a few times when he was released but went back to his old ways shortly thereafter.

He got married when he was 28 and had a daughter. This slowed him down a bit and he began attending a Church with his wife, but in his own words he said, “It was to be entertained,” and he was not ready to trust in the Lord Jesus. He continued to drink with the old crowd and the bills piled up. Roberto and his wife began to argue a lot, so he began looking for a “fast dime,” and ended up getting involved in another drug deal for which he was arrested and brought to PCCF.

While he was lying in his bunk, Roberto overheard an older Christian inmate sharing the gospel with a younger inmate and he became convicted by the Holy Spirit and repented! He attended a small group Bible study in the unit, and they encouraged him to come to Bible study in the Chapel. He came and placed his faith in Jesus! Roberto has been attending 7 Bible study classes and Chapels each week. He interprets for the Spanish speaking inmates and has completed all the Bible lessons!

Roberto begins his day with “No Bible, no breakfast!” He has become a new person (2 Cor. 5:17)! Thank you for your prayers and support!! 🙂


 

Jo Woody of Mission Possible has provided many tracts and books for the inmates here and she is a blessing to us. Thanks to Ken & Wendy Begin, and First Baptist of Duxbury for providing Bibles & Study Bibles! We really appreciate Roxanne Costa, Sally Harrington, Jim Mastrangelo, Marshcorner Church, Nick Pratley, and Kim Terenzoni 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, Dave Crooker, Wayne Krause, Dick Nooney, Randy Randall, Allen Somergie, and Dick Telford.


PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for the many inmates that have realized the error of their way and have turned from sin to Jesus! It is awesome to watch these miracles and see them grow in Christ!
  • 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 inmate who have come to Christ, who are doing Bible lessons and who are growing in the Lord! Pray they will be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading to walk with Christ!
  • Praise for the brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for and support our ministry here at PCCF.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support! 🙂

Chaplain Danny Croce

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

June 2013

Pedro grew up in Brockton, Ma. He like many in the PCCF, dropped out of school and got in with the wrong crowd. Though he did not have a serious problem with the alcohol and drugs as so many here have had, he got into trouble with the new ‘so-called’ friends. There were gang fights and shootings and Pedro still as a bullet in his arm, which he has not had removed yet.

Ironically, he ended up here for a murder charge that he not only did not commit, but also had absolutely nothing to do with. However, I have learned from many of the inmates in here, if you hang around with people who do evil (lie, steal, etc.), they can lie to the police and say someone was involved in a crime, even though that someone was not, and still end up being charged for a crime. Be sure to tell your children to be careful who they hang around with.

Shortly after Pedro arrived at the PCCF, he felt a strong desire to sign up for Bible study and Chapel. I just happened to ask the class, “How many of your “friends” have come to visit or write you, since you’ve been in jail?” Of course, the answer was zero. The good thing about getting in trouble or going to jail, is that you find out real quick who your friends are and who are not your ‘friends.’ Pedro realized this truth as well as the truth of the Gospel, and he placed his trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!

When Pedro learned what Jesus had done for him on the cross, he believed and left his life of crime and sin and it shows. When you’re in love with someone it shows, and Pedro has really come to know who Jesus is. He grew up in the faith as a child and knew about God, but since he has been in jail and started to read his Bible, he now knows God! He is so glad to know that all his sins have been paid for and now he can start all over with a clean slate! Thank you for your prayers and support!! (2 Cor. 5:17). ☺

SPECIAL THANKS!

Thanks to the Gideons for giving the inmates new testaments! We really appreciate  Sally Harrington, Deb McAuley, Jim Mastrangelo and Nicholas 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, Dave Crooker, Wayne Krause,  and Dave Troxler.

                                                     PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS TO OUR FATHER

• Praise for those who have sponsored tables at the Sheriff’s Prayer Breakfast (btw, we could use several more sponsors!).

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

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

                                                                  HOW YOU COULD HELP!

If anyone has a vehicle that they would like to donate to NHCM, let Chaplain Danny know! 508-830-6200 x473. Some inmates still have a license after their release and need a car to get back and forth to work!

                                                    NEW HOPE CORRECTIONAL MINISTRY!

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!

February 2012

NEW HOPE AT PCCF!!

Peter came to the PCCF for an OUI charge. He was invited by one of the other inmates in his unit to attend the Bible study classes and he heard the blessed gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus! He received Christ as his Lord and Savior (John 1:12)! Peter was soon beaming from ear to ear with the smile, peace and joy that accompany salvation, and deliverance from sin (2 Cor 5:17)!

Peter was released and asked if I would be so kind to talk with his wife about Jesus. I told him I would, but felt it might be better if my wife Kim did this. Peter was thrilled because he wanted this love, joy and peace that he found in Christ, to also be shared with his wife Gina! Kim and I invited Peter and Gina over for dinner one night and afterwards Peter and I left so Kim and Gina could be together.

After Kim had spent some time with Gina, she shared the gospel with her and invited Gina to come to church with our family on Sunday. We had lunch at our house after Church and Kim gave Gina a large print Bible and showed her several passages in the Word about sin and salvation. Gina placed her faith in Christ and also has this joy her husband has (1 Peter 1:8)!

The Church was having a women’s retreat the following weekend and Kim invited Gina to attend with her. Gina was so happy to be there and to see the love of Christ among so many women! They really had a great time and Gina is so thankful for Kim’s time and effort to show her what Christ has done for her husband Peter and all who put their trust in Him (John 3:16)!

This is not the only time that Kim has been used of the Lord to minister to a former inmate’s wife! In fact, she has done so on many occasions and while some of you know this, I wanted everyone else to know also! Thank you for your prayers and support for our ministry and please remember Kim and her ministry to the women too!

SPECIAL THANKS!

Woody & Jo of Mission Possible provide tracts and books for the inmates here and they are a blessing to us. Thanks to 1st Baptist of Duxbury for providing Study Bibles! We really appreciate Roxanne Costa, Sally Harrington, Deb McAuley, Jim Mastrangelo, 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, Dave Crooker, Curtis Dias, Jerry Fernandes, Wayne Krause, Doug MacLeod, Randy Randall, Larry Smith, and Bruce Smith.

                                   PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS

Pray for Kim as she will be having surgery on the 2nd of February and will need your prayers as she recovers.

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! 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