Saturday, January 11, 2014
Our lives are a testimony to others of Christ’s love. We are His servants to minister to one another by His power that resides in us. Each of us should have a ministry, but quite often, and especially for the new believer, we don’t know what area of service we are gifted in. Keep praying about it and then simply step out in faith and serve. You will have joy, and there will be a supernatural flow, when you serve within your gift(s).
A good place to start can be in the area of pen pal ministry. Even though we live in a day and age of social media, there is still a large segment of society that does not use electronics, including seniors and prisoners. Yet, those two groups love receiving mail.
During my compiling of Stories of Faith and Courage from Prison, I was connected with Beth Michael, a founder of Christian Pen Pals. Literally thousands of lives have been touched by this outreach to inmates. An excerpt from her January 11th story from the prisoner devotional book states:
“God tells us we each have a ministry. ‘Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation’ (2 Cor. 5:18). With the Holy Spirit inside us to guide us, we each have the power to share Christ with others. Most prison ministries have huge needs. We need to be faithful to do our part and prayerfully consider getting involved in, and ministering to, the “least of these.”
Through Beth’s dedication to her ministry, many inmates have started ministries of their own on both sides of the razor wire. Many hurting men and women have found hope in Jesus and have dedicated their lives to serving Him.
If you’d like more information about Christian Pen Pals, please contact: CPP, PO Box 11296, Hickory, NC 28603, or www.christian-penpals.com.
True joy comes when you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and invest your time in serving others.