Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Telford Trip (06-13-10)

We had another great trip on Sunday. It was definitely hot, but the Lord blessed us with some clouds in the sky and a breeze all day. This was only the second time that our Sports Reach team has ever been to the Telford unit. When we went last year, there were only about 20 inmates that were "cleared" to even be able to participate and this year there were at least twice as many inmates participating. When we made our first trip last year, most of their guys had little or no softball experience and they had no equipment at all. So through the staff, we were able to leave the inmates gloves, bats, and bat bags with the hope that this would be the start of a softball/recreation league. Upon arrival Sunday, we were very encouraged to find out that the guys had been playing softball and just had their first softball tournament. Not only that, but the 1st and 2nd place teams, and even a handpicked All-Star team, would be the teams that we were to play. All of the Sports Reach guys that had been a part of these two Telford trips really felt a part of something really neat that had been started by our visit last year and we look forward to coming back to see what the Lord is doing just through playing softball.

Here is a brief testimony from Brandon on our SR team about the trip...
What a great trip yesterday to the Telford Unit. We had some great fellowship with the men at this prison unit. It is amazing to see what the Lord is doing inside the prison system. It is truly a blessing to be able to serve the Lord in this way. These men in the prison system are encouraged by us coming. We want ...to show them the Love of Christ and let them know they aren't forgotten. What a powerful ministry. It is awesome to hear the testimony of some of our guys as well. God has helped this ministry grow and I can't say enough wonderful things about it. Can't wait for the next trip! --On a side note-- We did play softball yesterday too...Needless to say the combined score all day was 90-2 Sports Reach. At least they are getting better!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June Trip

June 13 is the next Sports Reach trip to the Telford unit in New Boston. This is over 2 hours away so we will be leaving early Sunday morning and returning Sunday evening around 7-8pm.

Last year was our first time to visit this unit and it was great. They have not allowed many outside groups to come in, so this is a perfect place for ministry.

Also, next Thursday, June 10 we will be meeting at 6:30pm in the back room of Spring Creek Barbeque for our prayer/planning meeting. Hope to see you there.

Please pray about your involvement with this trip and let Josh know by tomorrow (Friday) if you can attend.