On December 9th the product of a lot of folks hard paid off in the joy of handing out the goodies. Each man was grateful for the goodies, and the contribution of all of the volunteers help. Most people don't realize what goes on behind the scenes. An event like this take months of planning, lobbying for donations and coordinating the pick up of the items and the assembly and hand-out. I am blessed to know and help Chaplain Sue, and blessed by God to help these men wherever I can. Here are a few pics:
On December 8th, Chaplain Sue at Clayton TC who operates Mercy Outreach and I brought all of the hygiene products into a room to prepare the Christmas Hygiene packs for all 375 men. We had several volunteers from different ministries help put the bags together, we actually had 400. They were handed out the next day along with a free Chick Fil A box with all of the goodies. Here are a few pictures. God is so good, even to those who are in prison!
I was so Blessed again this weekend to take 8 men from Clayton Transitional center to the Dugout men's group where we were inspired by Thomas and a wonderful story of how God saved him and then used him to spread the gospel. It truly inspired the men from Clayton. We then were able to bless kids in Buford at Eyes of Love LIghthouse Mission by handing out toys to 88 children, and we also knocked out a little work at the mission. I think it is imperative that these men, who are about to reenter society see how important it is to not just think about themselves, but to also be ready, willing, and able to help others! Here are a few pics.
I have enjoyed some much needed time off during the week of Thanksgiving, some good food, and the fact that my father, who was very sick is on the mend. May God get All of the glory. I was also Blessed to take 11 men from Clayton TC to church yesterday at 12Stone central campus. The message from Kevin Queen was the prayer is our battle, and prayer will help us win the battles we face everyday. The message hit home with most of the men. We are approaching Christmas and the end of 2016. This ministry uses 100% of it's donations to run the ministry. If you feel so lead, you can donate to this 501(c)(3) ministry to help out you tax returns that we will all start working on soon. My website is helponesaveone.net, click on store and go from there. God Bless to all who made read this page. Also, I will complete my Chaplaincy course and be a certified Chaplain by the end of January, 2017. God is Good!
Yesterday was Dugout Men's group and volunteer day at Eyes of Love Lighthouse Mission in Buford, Ga. I had 10 men from Clayton TC. It was a full day, we left Clayton TC at 645am. We heard many great insights from the speaker at Dugout, Bruce Hogarth who runs Life Ministries as a Christian counselor and former pastor. Then it was off to Eyes of Love, we had a total of 25 people there to volunteer, and thanks to chick-Fil-A on Lawrenceville Suwanee road for the donated 50 chicken sandwich's for lunch. We changed the clothes over from summer to winter, boxes were everywhere but we knocked it out in about 4 hours. I am truly blessed to be a part of the lives of these men about to reenter society. Here are a few pics from yesterday.
Happy Monday. I was Blessed to take 10 men from Clayton TC to church Sunday. Our pastor from 12Stone, central campus talked about politics and the church, but he did not talk directly about politics! PK talked about three main points: It all begins and ends with God, our Unity in Jesus is more important than our Unity in politics ( My lord first, My country second, and my politics third), The Biblical supersedes the political. We must be unified in Christ Jesus before we can even think about being unified politically. If we go to vote on Nov 8th, and we should, please do your own homework. After an incredible worship experience we enjoyed a meal together at Steak N Shake. These men get some decent food, and we also discussed the sermon. I am so Blessed to be able to spend time with these men and help them wherever God directs me!!
This past Saturday I took 11 men to the bi-weekly men's group meeting called Dugout. We had one of our own as the featured speaker. This man was, at one point, at the top of the world. He had a college degree, a wonderful wife, and a dream job making plenty of money. He had what most men think they want. Needless to say, this man lost ALL of what he had, everything. He had to finally surrender everything to God, and then God allowed him to slowly rebuild his life, in God's timing and manner. It is a great example to these men, who are about to reenter the free world from prison, with the thoughts now in mind, that with God ALL things are possible and redemption is close at hand. One of the many reason I love to take these men to Dugout meeting. The bonus, I also get to learn a lot and keep my focus! God is Good!!
I was Blessed to take 11 men from Clayton TC to 12Stone church today. We are doing our annual movie series where we find Faith in film. Today's movie was "The Martian", with Matt Damon. One of the biggest elements from this was Resilient people make a Plan! I always stress to these men that if you have no plan, you plan to fail. I also stress the need to write it down, which usually translates into action. Another key element in the teaching today was that we don't do life on our our own. We need God and others. We need to surround ourselves with Christian people that will be there in our time of need, and we will be there in their time of need. Then we had a wonderful meal at Steak N Shake! Below is a pic of the crew today.
This past Saturday Dugout men's group opened the Fall season. I was blessed to take 10 men from Clayton TC to this men's group meeting. Three of these men had never attended Dugout. What better place to take these men, who are about to reenter society after serving their prison time than to a men's group where we get be authentic and own the fact that ALL of us are far from perfect, and we ALL have issues that we deal with on a daily basis. We also own the fact that without God in our lives daily, we will lose too many of those battles. They were then treated to Golden Corral for breakfast/lunch. A wonderful day, and I am Blessed to get to be a part of God's ministry!
Yesterday was Family day at Clayton Transitional Center. This is where families get to come visit these men and spend a few hours together. We parked around 85 cars, fed over 500 people and got to watch these families have some much needed time together. All of the faith based groups that do work at this center participated, as well as all of the staff. It was a great day with speakers, the house band, and some Christian rap by City Takers. Here a just a few of the many pictures from yesterday.