Mission NAC is a multi-church outreach ministry that seeks to help the needy in our community. Once again as the body of Christ in Nacogdoches, they have scraped and painted, roofed, built porches and carports, replaced windows and trim, delivered furniture, mowed, gardened, and landscaped for those who simply needed a hand up. This past June with over 400 people joining together to work for four days in our community, changed lives as the love of Christ was spoken and demonstrated – and so were over 20 homes!
Hungry for Hope Jail Ministry
I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison (jail) and you came to me.’ – Matthew 25:36
In July of this year, God opened the door wide open so I could begin Jail Ministry at the Nacogdoches County Jail. I believe God called me to minister to these women because I was incarcerated, physically and mentally just like them. For 25 years of my life, I had been addicted to crack cocaine and at one time, locked up in the same jail that I now visit to minister to women who are exactly where I used to be.
Jail ministry is a mission field you can be involved in without having to go half-way around the world. The opportunity for outreach to incarcerated women is tremendous. Women who need to see the hands and feet of Jesus, and though it has been rewarding, it has also been heartbreaking. It has been an opportunity to uplift the name of Jesus to a captive and needy audience. Some have come just to get out of their tanks for a while, but others come to seek healing for their brokenness and receive hope for a better tomorrow. A hope that can only come through a relationship with Jesus.
My purpose, is to tell my story, a message of redemption and hope. A message that lets them know that if God would, through the love of Christ deliver me, He can do it for them also. A message of transformation so that one day the veil will be lifted, and they can see themselves the way that God see’s them … Daughters of the King.
Sometimes discouragement sets in, but then I remember 1 Corinthians 3:16: “I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.”
Please pray that God will supply more resources that will become available to help these women when they are released. Pray that hope in and through Christ becomes alive in their hearts. Also pray for more women who have been called, and have a heart for jail ministry will come.