A number of you have asked about the prison ministry and its status financially. I thought I would take a second to provide you with an update.
I've been with my guys now for three years, and we are coming to the end of our curriculum. We should have about 4-5 months left. It has been amazing working with these men and it is a bittersweet thing that our time is coming to an end. They have grown tremendously & continue to demonstrate superb leadership qualities.
I am currently trying to find out if there is another set of guys who would like to work through the material. As it stands, I have 4 guys lined up and I will need at least four more to make a go of it (ideally, there would be 10 in the class). I have set the cut off date for applying for the end of January. If it is a go, I will need to quickly raise support for the rest of 2015.
Questions still remain what would happen if I cannot gather some academically inclined guys. A suggestion has been to continue prison ministry, just on a lower scale with simple Bible studies. No real course of action has yet been determined though.
I am currently looking to raise $5,000 for these last 4 months with my current group of guys. Of course, some of this will cover my personal income. However, I have a few added expenses pertaining to the courses and their materials.
Joe Magellet, who has typically been in charge of these "administrative" expenses, has decided to take some time off from all prison ministry duties. So I am now in charge of raising these funds, which will total about $1000 in books and fees.
If you are interested in contributing, please let me know. I can provide you with the information for doing so.
Otherwise, thank you so much for your prayers. I have always appreciated your interest in the prison ministry and the concern you've had for our welfare.
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