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FINALLY – we are starting to get back into our prisons and getting re-acquainted with the inmates! For the last 2 Sundays I’ve ben able to go back into Mule Creek, here in California, to speak. I was asked to speak also at Folsom on the 11th, but that has not been confirmed with the prison staff, so………we’ll see. My guess is that it will be more like the first week in August. But, as always, it’s all about God’s timing and not ours! I do have to say that it was really wonderful to re-connect with my guys at Mule Creek! God has given me a new perspective on my ministry inside the wire that I may have somewhat taken for grated in the past. God is good - all the time!
I’ve mentioned to you all in the last couple of Newsletters that our Christian Anger Management class (CAMP) was accepted by the Texas Department of Correction to be implemented State wide. This approval came through just before the pandemic so everything has been put on hold. A couple of weeks ago my contact in Houston called to say that they are now preparing to go with the program in 3 prisons in South Texas, so we shipped them all of the materials to get started in 5 institutions! Praise God! As soon as a meeting can be coordinated, we will fly to Houston for a few days and set up a “Train-the Trainer” session. It is also our hope that representatives from the Dallas area will be able to attend so things can start rolling in the North. Either way, we await God’s direction and guidance on the situation there.
I’ve also mentioned in my last couple of Newsletters that we are working on a new course “Written in Red”. It’s pretty exhaustive study of the 4 Gospels. Meeting once a week for two hours a session it will run 13 weeks for each book, so about a year to complete. We’ve just finished the book of Mark. Matthew is about ¾ done and Luke and John are rough draft completed. We’re still hoping for a late Fall rollout if things continue to loosen up inside the prisons in terms of programming. Once again, God is in control, so… we’ll see.
Some may be wondering if we are shying away from our original ministry, the distribution of high-quality study Bibles and the answer is – no way. We get occasional requests for them and we fill those requests right away. We still consider this the foundation of our ministry and always will be, but this is another thing that will take some time to get back into gear because of the pandemic.
And finally, we are closely monitoring the wild fire situation here in Northern California. As soon as we hear of evacuation sites opening up, we’ll continue going there to deliver Bibles to those driven from their homes.
Please keep all of this in your prayers. We really appreciate all of your support, both in spirit and with your pocket books. If this program in Texas accelerates as we believe it will, we will be asking all of you to do what you can to further support us financially. We fully fund and support the CAMP classes as they begin, with each 20-student class costing around $900 for books and materials, so you can see that it will test our bank account. But as God has told us from the very beginning, over 10 years ago, He will always provide what we need, right on time, and He always has!
Thank you all for your support and God bless you for it!
Director – Bibles 4 Change
I know that it’s been awhile since my last letter, but as all of you can imagine the Covid-19 debacle has really slammed on the brakes for programming inside prisons across the country. By virtue of this, we’ve shifted gears in our ministry to begin cleaning up our media
presence/tools along with refining the Christian Anger Management Project (CAMP) package.
Our Website – If any of you have looked at our website of late you may have found it a little messy. We’re making significant changes on nearly every page and in the course of doing this we published it so that it wouldn’t be missing completely. But now we are about done with the upgrades. Naturally, a website should always be dynamic, a work in progress, so that you all see something new every time you visit. We’re hoping you’ll find it more interesting and informative as time goes by. Please take a look at our site when you can, and as always, we are open to constructive criticism – what you think matters to us!
Our Facebook page – Not only have we changed our image on our Facebook page, we have also begun to link our page to our website. Our goal is to inspire interest in others to get involved in prison ministries. We want to encourage Churches to begin prison ministries if they are not already involved. It’s important that people know that they can get involved in prison ministry without ever having to go inside a prison. We’ve developed a tab on the website giving them ideas as to how they can do this.
We believe all Christians should be taking advantage of all this isolation down time to prepare for getting back to God’s work. This not only includes prison ministry but also to our church work. A simple but great question for you to ask your pastor-
“What can I do, right now, to help the church hit-the-ground-running once we do open back up?”
Awhile back I mentioned in a Newsletter that we sent some Bibles up to a Pastor in Paradise to distribute to his congregants and to anyone else that wanted one. He distributed all 80 Bibles in a little over 2 hours. The Lord has placed on my heart that we do that again for these big fires we experiencing now. So that is what we will be doing. Tomorrow, Aug 22, I’ll be headed down to Vacaville to meet up with a Pastor down there to distribute what we can there and then see where we are called to go from there. Probably either Loyalton or Santa Cruz. Please keep this work in your prayers. Take a look in the ‘Projects’ tab on our website for more information on this work.
We thank you all for hanging in there with us during these crazy times. Your gifts to us are simply helping us to be ready when God calls an end to all of this political absurdity and to the fires! Please keep us in your prayers.
You may recall that in my last newsletter I expressed concern over the fact that our requests for Bibles over the last couple of months had really dropped off.
In fact, the whole first quarter of this year has been near zero. As you might imagine, I’ve been pretty frustrated with all of this.
I also mentioned a reminder as to our submitting our Christian Anger Management course to a group in South Texas for use in the 5 prisons around Houston.
Then, this Coronavirus craziness began so all of our prison work ground to a halt. To be honest, I began to question God in all of this. But in His own, miraculous way He reminded me that He was in charge and that His timing would always prevail, not mine. He’s also helped me to understand that this pandemic is a “Shot across the bow” to America. We’ve systematically taken God out of most everything in America. We take being the most powerful and richest country in the world as something that we accomplished and that He had no part in it. God has shown us with this fiasco that in the blink of an eye He can bring mighty America and all the world to its knees without a fight! GOD IS TRULY IN CHARGE AND ALWAYS WILL BE!! And all of us Christians need to step up and be counted. It’s time to get back to church! We as a nation need to recognize that without Him we will fail! We’re not as big as we think we are.
Enough preaching. I know all of you understand this for what it really is.
Back to Bibles 4 Change – I mentioned earlier my frustration with not hearing anything back on the informational packages I sent to various places regarding our Christian Anger Management Project, what we call CAMP. Last week I got a call from my guy in Houston. He apologized for taking so long for getting back to me on this program but his reasons were pretty powerful. Back in February he submitted our program to the Department of Corrections for the State of Texas in Austin. He was calling me to say that we have just been approved for distribution of the course for every prison in Texas! WOW!
God was working all along for us! He got our course approved in record time because He wants it to grow in other places! He dramatically slowed the demand for Bibles because he wanted us to build our coffers for all of the expenses we would encounter with this new demand for CAMP! Once again, He has humbled impatient Bob about who is in charge and who’s timing is the best.
Please, please, please keep us in your prayers for all of this, folks. This is really a big deal for B4C! We’re going to need your support in every way, more than ever now.
We sincerely thank you for all of your undying support!