I am jennyf. I am married and have three sons and a new daughter-in-law. I have been a part of a jail ministry for four years. I am creating this blog to post some of the devotions that I have shared with the ladies in the jail.
My posts are actually the handouts that accompanied oral lessons, but hopefully you can get a good sense of what I am trying to express.
I love God’s Word. My prayer is that these devotions will interest you and encourage you to read your Bible.
I don’t claim to be a great theologian. I believe one of God’s gifts to me is a simple mind. That doesn’t sound like much of a gift, does it? But my simple mind forces me to take complex information and break it down into understandable pieces. I believe it has allowed me to teach God’s truths in a simple, understandable way.
The Three Bible Verses that are My Call to Ministry
That older women should…be teachers of good things…that they should teach younger women…
My ministry is to women. I have a heart for the woman, daughter, wife, sister, stay-at-home mom, career woman. God first gave me a desire to serve women in 2005 when I went on the first of three mission trips to Mexico. The Lord placed in my heart the desire to tend to the babies there so that the women could listen to God’s word and also attend health and hygiene classes.
When I got home from the trip, I started teaching the adult ladies’ Sunday school class. (I had previously taught the children’s classes.) I also volunteered for the jail ministry at that time but the timing was not right. Four years later, the phone rang. There was a need for me to help with the jail ministry. I believe God used that four years to prepare me for the ministry He has for me. During that time, my Sunday school class spent a year and a half going through the book of Genesis, verse by verse. Then we went on to Exodus and women of the Bible.
Then shall the King say…For I was…sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me…Lord, when did we see you…sick, or in prison, and come to you? And the King shall answer and say, Truly, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me.
Hospitals, nursing homes and prisons – The sick and imprisoned. Not the most pleasant places to visit. But so much need for encouragement. So much need for the Word of God to reach hopeless, helpless people.
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say to them, Depart in peace, be warmed and filled; notwithstanding you don’t give them those things which are needful to the body; what does it profit them?
Another part of my jail ministry is GED preparation classes. The ladies in the jail need the Word of God. They also need a way to improve their circumstances when they leave the prison.