And the Angels Rejoice

April 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

Every week Straight Ahead volunteers email updates on their respective ministries behind bars. This update comes from Karen, who has been ministering to the girls in her facility for the past 3 years:

Once again, this week’s study brought more answers to prayer. Knowing Courtney was still confused about salvation we went in to study John 1 with the girls. We poured over the LIVING WORD and the LAMB OF GOD and how we receive HIM. There’s no doubt in my mind now that Courtney has already done this and just needed assurance after the fact. (Just as it is with receiving forgiveness, we sometimes feel that we need to do it again, but the truth is so simple: believe and receive the gift and it is done, right?)

My Bible study partner, Elizabeth, and I were rejoicing to find Courtney clutching her new Bible and exulting in the things she was finding. She eagerly took my highlighter and started highlighting everything in sight! She was reading verses to the group and laughing into the pages. “Don’t get me started or I’ll cry,” she said. “I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD!”  We were amazed at the Proverbs she found to answer the other girls’ questions and right before our eyes she was illustrating the way Andrew and Philip found others and impacted them.

It so happens that Stephenie came for the first time to this week’s study and it was also for her salvation, to the praise of God’s amazing grace. She talked about having her sister burn a Bible right in front of her and other relatives keeping her from church for years. After the other girls left, she stayed to pray with us and receive Christ as Savior. Tears flowed as she prayed to Him and found the One who has been seeking her for 18 hard years.

Thank you for your prayers for this turn-around ministry. We literally get to see God making the crooked places straight in Straight Ahead.


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  • 1. Barbara  |  April 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you, Karen! It’s so good to read about what is happening as you introduce these girls to a love for God – and for His word. Hope to see you at our volunteer get-together on Saturday, May 8.


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