Angola prison LouisianaAbout 6pm Sunday evening I will be pulling up to the main prison gates of Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA. It is not unusual for the security officers to see me and hear them say, “Welcome home!”

In some ways it has been home for 11 … working on 12 … years. After a few visits with Manny Mill and a few others from Moody Broadcasting and Awana, I began to minister on my own … doing what God has blessed me to do … and that is to teach.

For the last 2-3 years I have come for two week-long times of teaching, using Crossways materials. It is a pretty grueling week … teaching 8 hours and then preaching every night. But the blessings override all of that. In fact I often wonder if it is not me who is more blessed than the men.

Being with people who truly desire to hear and learn and study God’s Word, the vibrant worship times, the Acts 2 atmosphere, and the many, many friends I have made is such a rush! And, as long as God wills, I shall return twice a year to do week-long seminars … and several times in between to just visit and encourage!

For the last few years we have been gifting each man with teaching materials and a hard-cover study Bible. Thanks to the good people of First Lutheran in Texarkana, TX and Immanuel Lutheran in Belvidere, and other individuals we have given out almost 400 Bibles!