God is doing awesome work at John Lilly Correctional Center! Last Saturday (11-17-12) due to our leaders teaching of the gospel of Christ, we had three men baptized into Christ. This CRI group is growing through the power of Jesus Christ. There are three step studies on every Saturday except for the third Saturday of every month where they have started a praise, worship and a testimony that is open to the yard. Praise God for all He is doing with these men. In two months we will be graduating men from one of the groups and then they will go through Leadership training where THEY will start another step study. We have three step studies going at a time, each on a different lesson. Of course we will have a couple of seasoned leaders in the new group as well. We would have more Step study groups, but there isn’t enough room for any more. In this way we can allow inmates to join every two to three months. At this time we have fourteen qualified leaders in this CR group. Due to their guidance, recruiting and leadership Christ through this CR is spreading through the yard at JHLCC. What a mighty and powerful God we serve!
Terry Finch, Team Leader
by Ashley Gorka MI State Rep
Our visit to the Waseca FCC was not a normal visit as many of them are not when the Holy Spirit changes another life. It was so appropriate that CR Inside National Director Hector Lozano shared his story in front of 80 step graduates and 40 leaders that he took through Advanced Leadership Training. Their lives have been forever changed as they were filled with the hope and victory that comes from a changed life. Hector shared a true to the DNA testimony highlighting the following areas:
- the old me
- experiences and changes working through Celebrate Recovery
- the new me
Hector shared deeply and honestly of a troubled childhood in Mexico. He held nothing back including the tears. It started with the death of his mother at an early age. Left behind were his brothers and sisters. His father was dealing with the loss of his wife and mother of his children, and his own pile of hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Hector was bounced around from place to place and suffered abuse from someone that he trusted. Hector spoke of being so terribly hungry that he would hide the precious little food he bought from the meager job he struggled to get. His father eventually remarried and slowly things got a little better. Hector remembers going to school for the first time with a sack lunch and telling all the other kids that his “mother” made it for him. You never know the deepness of someone’s pain until they share the most intimate parts of their past.