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Well, the first quarter of 2021 was just an extension of 2020 – near complete paralysis in the country, but it looks as though there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. Actually, we know that all of this is God’s work but it sure has been a tough season in our lives.
We’ve been told to start preparing for getting back into our prisons, here in California anyway, sometime mid to late summer. And speaking for myself, I can’t wait to get back inside with my guys and resume fellowship with them. I know it will be a long time before things get back to anywhere normal, but we’ll take what we can get (in other words, what God gives us) in terms of getting back to work.
It’s important for me to say that we really appreciate all of you that have hung in there with us during all of this craziness, both in prayer and financially. Our coffers are in pretty good shape to begin expanding the CAMP (Christian Anger Management Project) in Texas as soon as they’ll let us. It’s obvious that God’s hand has been on us in preparation for this expansion of our ministry. Now we just have to do the work!
As I mentioned in our last letter, we have been working about 8 months now on our new course “Written in Red” – a pretty intensive study of the Gospels. Each of the 4 books will run about 13 weeks each, making the study about a year in duration. We are approximately 2/3 of the way through its development. I have a couple of very dedicated and knowledgeable guys helping me put this together without whose help this would be near impossible to complete. I really appreciate their expert help. Our plans now are to be ready to roll this out sometime in the fall, probably at Folsom Prison first. We’ll keep you posted in this forum as we progress. Please keep this effort in your prayers.
Looking into next year, we have 2 new course ideas that we are starting now to pursue. The first is one about the “History of the Bible”. We’ll go into the source origins of what makes up the Bible we use today, with a deep analysis of some of the mainstream, newer versions that are used today. This will include some discussion of the modern theories that claim that the King James is the ONLY true version of the Bible. We look forward to working on this for the future.
Another topic of interest to us as a group is to develop a course specifically for inmates that hear and feel the calling to be better Christian Counsellors to their fellow inmates. It’s been made known to us that because of the density of inmates in prisons, their access to quality, especially Christian, counselling is very poor. So they seek advice and counsel from other inmates. Obviously, the counsel they receive can be somewhat suspect. We believe we can help train theologically strong, Christian inmates to be better counsellors/mentors to their fellow inmates. We’re searching out workbook/textbook sources for this now, so we’ll see what develops.
On both of these topics, God will give us direction as to which HE feels most important by opening the appropriate doors with the information and guidance we need to begin.
Thanks again to all of you loyal partners in this ministry. We simply could not do this work without your support!
God bless you all…
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!