Monday, October 4, 2010

Thanks you, Jesus!

Thanks for your prayers for me and the women ministering at LCIW this past weekend.  We had an absolutely blessed time and my heart is overflowing.  I will attempt to share a few stories in the next few day, but I have much to process in my heart and mind.  I will start by telling you that on Friday we passed out 1100 boxes to all kinds of women with one thing in common......all sinners in need of a Savior.  The simple white cardboard box included, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, bar soap, lotion, socks, and a pen.  Eight items that cost between $10-$15.  Items we take for granted every day....treasures to them. 

I was honored to go to lockdown to pass the boxes to the women who couldn't come to us.  Imagine a hot, humid, dark, dreary, concrete room with two metal bunk beds, a toilet in the middle with no privacy and metal bars keeping you inside except for 30 minutes of sunshine a day....this is lockdown.  Cell after cell filled with women who can't stay out of trouble.  Suffering the consequences of their sin.  I was able to look into their eyes, say "God Bless You" and hand them a treasured possession...hygiene items.  Pictures aren't allowed in prison so just imagine your childrens faces on Christmas morning.  The transformation from despair to delight was a sight to see!  We were giving these boxes in love because of what Jesus has done in our lives....and sharing with them Oh How He Loves You too.  In lockdown, they had to empty their box and return it to me and as I went back to collect lady had written on the top, "Thank You, Jesus."  This was a reminder that it is not about me (or us).....It's all about HIM.  A small gift in Jesus' name.  

Matthew 25:40, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these 
My brethren, you did it to Me."

51.  freedom in Christ
52.  women willing to serve
53.  opportunities to share Christ
53.  seeing souls saved
54.  observing the ordinance of baptism (34 women)
55.  new friends
56.  people praying
57.  hygiene items
58.  safety in travel
59.  hugs and kisses at home
60.  luxuries of home
61. grace and forgiveness

I'm linking to the gratitude community at @ holy experience.  Check it out!

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  1. Thank you for sharing HIM to them! (Physical, hands, feet, and eyes) to them.... Hopefully you got to get a picture of the box top :)
    Have a great week!

  2. Jana, what a blessing! ...I was in prison, and you came to me... You did it for them for Him! I love you!

  3. I have no words...just tears hear. What an awesome thing to be a part of. I love and miss you!