The 2019 Fundraising Banquet is in the books now and I for one am so very happy its over. I love the banquet and all that goes with it, but it is so very taxing on me physically and especially mentally. I spend months trying to round up speakers and singers and also get to sample the food long before anyone else. My time each day is spent worrying about something that seems to go nearly perfect every year.
God has blessed this ministry from the beginning. He gave me the inspiration to gather around me people that wanted to see this ministry succeed. The MCJM board of directors are a group of individuals from all walks of life that have one thing in common, they Love Christ and want to make sure that He is shared inside the jail. From the President on down I have an amazing group of men and women that ensure I am doing what is required of me by the jail but also making sure that I am prayed for, and cared for. I cannot say enough good about the board.
Each year as we begin the planning of the next banquet we all get excited as to who will speak and what will take place. We all get a little nervous and tense as the evening approaches. Most of this is just the nerves of wanting to make sure everyone has an enjoyable evening and get a glimpse of what the work we do inside and outside the jail does to help the inmates.
As I look back at the last couple of banquets I can only think of how much better each one had become. Its not because of the speakers being any better or the music getting any better but its the simple fact that we have learned from our mistakes of what works and what doesn’t. A lot like what the inmates learn as they go through the jail, learning from their mistakes.
I look forward to 2019 and what God has in store for not only me but the ministry as a whole. We are wanting to push forward with the Recovery community vision and will begin to gather resources as well as talking with other like minded groups who see the need for housing and community for ex felons coming out of jail and prison. We have to give them a chance if we really want them to succeed.
So I ask that you pray for the ministry and the vision that God has given me to fulfill in His timing. It may take several years or it may come together one morning with a blessing from someone that want s to see this happen as well. All I know is that I look forward to seeing the work that God is going to do through the Mesa County Jail Ministry and the Partners like you that faithfully pray and support the work we do.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped at the Banquet this year, especially to Clifton Christian Church for loaning us your beautiful building for the entire day, to Roger Ferguson and the CCC staff, Vicki Schifflett and the Married to the Badge women that came to help serve as well. Especially to my wife Beth and her sister Sharon for the amazing food they continually turn out. We say Thank you and well done.
In His Service,
Chaplain Doug Winter