It has been twenty-one years this month since I teamed up with Pastor Clendennen to take the message of the cross to the prisons of this world. What an awesome privilege it has been, and continues to be! We started in Russia, then South America, Africa, Europe, and now for the last ten years we have plowed the fields in the prisons of the U.S.A. The harvest has been great. Not one prison has been more outstanding than the other. Because the School of Christ has been given such divine favor with Wardens and Chaplains all over, I simply go in where the door has been opened and preach.
This past year we have been in three facilities in Georgia, three in Florida, three is Mississippi, two in Kentucky, four in Tennessee, two in Louisiana, five in Texas, three in Colorado, and two in New Mexico; two days conferences in each one, seeing many come into the Kingdom of God. The SOC is the most effective tool that the prisons have according to Chaplains. I have just visited two prisons in Florence, Arizona that houses illegal immigrants and so man nationalities. For two days, in one particular facility, I preached to over one hundred women and wept as they came to repentance. Many of these women will enroll in our Correspondence Course that is available there.
I just finished a two-day conference in La Palma Correctional and Saguaro Correctional, housing Californians and Hawaiians, where we first visited nine years ago. Each of these facilities has a great testimony. Many of these men are full of the Holy Ghost. They worship so freely. It is truly outstanding! The Lord is high and lifted up in these two facilities. Many have been saved for years. Nearly all the main guys have gone through the SOC. Here’s a great testimony: One man, who I first met four years ago, shared how three days ago he led a Satan worshiper to the Lord. That night the ex-Satan worshiper came to the service. His face was a mask of tattoos. When he took his hat off his head was completely blue with a tattooed snake covering it all over. He came alive in the worship service, and shouted out praises to God when I preached. When it was over he joyfully enrolled in the SOC Correspondence Course. The songwriter said: the vilest offender who truly believes, one moment from Jesus a pardon receives. What a great Gospel! What a wonderful Savior!
In Kentucky this past September I was invited to share my testimony with about seventy Chaplains of CCA (Corrections Corporation of America). It was a great time and many of these Chaplains are friends of the SOC. One Chaplain told how his hands were tied by bureaucracy, and he told how seventy openly lesbian couples would come and sit in his church meetings, many holding hands. He sobbed as he shared this with us. I stood up and thanked God that we have an answer to all sin, and let me know that is why we are there. I was in that prison for two days in November and saw many set free! Because of your support to the School of Christ every book and every lesson requested has been received.