“For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (New International Version, 1984, Colossians 2:5-7).
With COVID-19 challenges I have not been able to have face-to-face visits with many of our county site chaplains. The Lord reminded me of Paul’s encouragement to the Colossians and I texted the above verse out to them with a short personal word.
I was able to receive a message back from most of them. Below are the short but sweet words they had to share with me this past month.
“Thank you so much. We had some great visits today. The ladies are going to start back next week I believe. God bless.” Jesse West, Bryan County site chaplain.
“Thank you my friend. Glad when this virus is over. Ready to get back in jail.” Wayne Childers, Canadian County site chaplain.
“Likewise brother. Thanks for your prayers. We are seeing the benefit of them daily.” Larry Heikkila, Cleveland County site chaplain.
“Thank you so much Tim! Overall, things going well with jail ministry in Craig county! Sheriff is happy, ministers are happy, and it’s a blessing to the offenders.” Andrew Haire, Craig County site chaplain.
“Thank you.” Kevin Martin, Lincoln County site chaplain.
“Jesus 2020, because only Jesus can save this nation. Hope you have a great day Tim!” Jason Reece, Logan County site chaplain.
“Thank you sir!” Stephanie Calico, Mayes County site chaplain.
“I have been able to stay in touch with inmates through email and answer the requests for material. They have finally opened the kiosk back up so that I can visit with those who request a visit.” Gary Caldwell, McIntosh County site chaplain.
“Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. You are always a blessing to our ministry. We continue to pray that God will reopen the doors again for us to go in to preach the gospel to those in prison. Thanks again for your prayers and support.” Philip Sloan, Pacho Viejo, Mexico, chaplain.
“Thank you boss.” Gina Jansen, Oklahoma County Juvenile Center site chaplain.
“Thank you Tim.” Danny Cotner, Rogers County site chaplain.
Our world may seem upside down. Our God is right-side up. The world has changed. You may have changed. God has not changed. Continue to live your life in Him!
Unleashing the captives,