With the end of the 2018 year coming to a close very soon I can say will all honesty that this year has gone by so very fast. It has been an amazing year for the Jail Ministry as we have meet our financial needs fully for the first year since starting the ministry. We have to than you for this, without your monthly donations we would not be able to do what we do in the jail. Besides financial support we have had an outpouring of book donations as well. God has truly blesses this ministry in 2018.
So far we have given out over 900 bibles this year, that is more than we have ever given out in a single year. Our programs continue to get better and grow. We added Celebrate Recovery for the women’s pods this year and are looking to add it for the men’s pods next year. We also were able to bring back AA and have a large group of people attending weekly.
I have had some major health issues this year in getting my knee replaced and then finding out recently that I will need to have a major back surgery as some point in the near future. This being said we are working towards hiring a Part time Chaplain hopefully in Jan. 2019 to be able to assist me in my daily duties as well as fill in for me when I am out after surgery. We have been blessed to have found a wonderful candidate who we hope will be willing to accept the position when we are able to financially afford to bring him on. This being said we will need to raise more funds for the next year to help cover the cost of a part time Chaplain. If you have been a regular given please consider giving just a little more even $1 more a month can help with this.
We are also preparing for our 2019 fundraising Banquet to be held at Clifton Christian Church again on Friday, Feb. 22nd. We will have a new program this year but will keep a lot of what you love about the banquet as well. Tickets will go on sale soon and we hope to sell out this year. Be sure to get your tickets early and reserve your table for your friends and family.
I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us in 2019 and especially happy to see that Sheriff Matt Lewis was re elected to office. He has been a supporter of this ministry from the beginning and we could not have done it without his willingness to let us into the jail to reach the lost. Thanks you Sheriff Lewis!
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas as well!
Chaplain Doug Winter