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Prison Ministry Prayer Request - Update

Saturday, September 01, 2012

There is good n news on this front. Needless to say that the Lord provides.

The legislation that would have shutdown the Tri County facility did not get passed so there was a reprieve there.

We found that a mental health facility hadn't had a volunteer for many years and were excited about the possibility so our volunteer who had been going to the Supermax is supposed to start going to that facility mid-month.

The Guards union sued to stop the shutdown so there is an injunction that is keeping the supermax open so our volunteer still goes to that facility. This does not mean that the Supermax is going to stay open, but it is going to stay open for now (since it was slated to close yesterday (8/31).

The prayers that we need:

- Praise for the opportunities that have been provided from our Lord's good and gracious bounty and that he sent his Son to be good news to share.
- For the staff of and communities surrounding these facilities as they prepare to face these drastic and potentially devastating changes
- for the inmates as they get shuffled around to different facilities.
- For the new facilities that will be recieving the supermax inmates. These are people that have killed guards and other inmates.

  
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RHOOK20047 2/21/2014 2:26PM

    God Bless you in your ministry. It is a very important one. I have a couple of Deacon friends that involved in the Prison Ministry, and I will pray for your group as well as theirs as I do all the time.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/5/2013 3:30AM

    Just coming back to spark and praying for you!


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WARRIORGIRL121 9/22/2012 11:42PM

    Keep up the ministry work - this is important work to do! I will keep you and this situation in prayer. God bless! Keep us posted!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/4/2012 8:35PM

    Keep up the great ministry work ST! God knows what He is doing (even when we don't know what our government is doing)
Praying for you all!

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BILLALEX70 9/3/2012 7:49PM

    Keep fighting the good fight ST!

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PERSISTENTTIM 9/2/2012 9:34AM

    You're a good man fighting the good fight. I will keep you and your request in my prayers brother.


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MONETRUBY 9/1/2012 9:43PM

    I will keep this all in my prayers. I pray all works out for the best! What you all do is just wonderful, and so very giving.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/1/2012 12:11PM

    It is a sad state of affairs that Illinois has gotten itself into due to over spending. The solutions to the problem are all bad ones and I fear that everyone is going to end up suffering. I don't know anyone who isn't affected. My dad is a retired state employee.

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JANETRIS 9/1/2012 9:19AM

    I'll keep you in my prayers....

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PURPLELVR7 9/1/2012 8:41AM

    Will be praying

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JANEDOE12345 9/1/2012 8:06AM

    You are doing good and important work, so important to the incarcerated. Keep us posted as this plays out.

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Prison Ministry Prayer Request

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For those of you that don't know, I am involved with my districts Prison Ministry work. I am a volunteer at one of the facilities and I chair the district task force and serve on the district Mission Board. Last night was our monthly meeting and bad news came up.

Illinois has significant financial issues. Instead of taking a sensible approach, they are just hacking wildly at the budget and they have threatened different prisons for the last two years. This year, it appears to be a reality. The Supermax facility (the worst offenders in the state) is being shut down effective at the end of June. Pink slips started going out yesterday.

In addition to this, one of the youth detention centers (IYC) has started giving out pink slips as well, but they haven't announced a shut down date yet.

Then the legislature is working on legislation that woudl shut down a private facility (non run by the government), Tri-County, that serves as the county jail for three counties in the district and the Immigration Service.

The prayers that we need:

- Praise for the opportunities that have been provided from our Lord's good and gracious bounty and that he sent his Son to be good news to share.
- For the staff of and communities surrounding these facilities as they prepare to face these drastic and potentially devastating changes
- for the inmates as they get shuffled around to different facilities.
- For the new facilities that will be recieving the supermax inmates. These are people that have killed guards and other inmates.
- For our volunteers at Tamms and Tri-County as we need to work to find new positions for him to volunteer at to maintain his grant money.


I thank you in advance for your time and prayers. Blessings on your day, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

  
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WARRIORGIRL121 8/5/2012 1:53PM

    Hi, Tailor, praying for your prison ministry situation... how are things going at this point?

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BILLALEX70 5/27/2012 2:13PM

    Prayers for all.

Here in Ohio they just 'sold' a few prisons to a private contractor. My brother has worked there for 15 years and did get to keep his job, but at a reduced pay. He was fortunate enough to be in that position; many people lost jobs or thought they'd do better elsewhere.

Hope things are going well for you in life in general.

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TRACYZABELLE 5/24/2012 12:27AM

    Why is it they cut where it is needed the most? prayers coming out!

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MONETRUBY 5/23/2012 9:24PM

    Wow, that sounds scary and serious, on so many levels. I will send out prayers for all involved.

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MONETRUBY 5/23/2012 9:24PM

    Wow, that sounds scary and serious, on so many levels. I will send out prayers for all involved.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/23/2012 7:10PM

    I am flabbergasted at the places where they seem to want to save money. I guess it's across the board and the cuts are in every area of the government but we didn't have enough prison beds to begin with.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/23/2012 5:20PM

    pretty serious stuff going on ST! prayers going up right now!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/23/2012 5:19PM

    pretty serious stuff going on ST! prayers going up right now!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 5/23/2012 2:46PM

    So prayed. Good luck brother.

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Insanity . . . Not an exercise routine, but life

Monday, November 07, 2011

Well, this past week was insanity. Easily one of the most stressful in my 40 years.

It started with a pretty normal weekend and we really didn't do that much out of the ordinary. My wife and daughters took off and I got some things done around the house in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday was a pretty normal church/housework/jail ministry Sunday.

Monday was a straightforward day/evening, but the stress of Tuesday was building. Tuesday morning was a technical screen for me at work. I'm a contractor that has begun the processof converting over to a permanent employee. There are more steps to this than I ever would have imagined.

So Tuesday morning starts off with the technical screen at 9:00 in the morning. The invite list was all of our platform architects and the overall architecture team. I have to prepare a presentation about my work and they get to torture . . . ask questions for an hour. I felt pretty good coming out of that, then onto a full afternoon of meetings . . .

Wednesday was the last day of the week in the office. I had another full day of meetings and planning sessions. Two of these meetings were one-on-one meetings with the staffing person for my area and the head of my area. They were more informal interviews that went pretty well.

Thursday was prison ministry workshop. Great day as I got to catch up with several people. I think I actually got to talk to the majority of the people I wanted to take some time with. My presentations went well here as well. I also did the closing devotion (which I wasn't expecting to, so there was only minimal stress from that).

Friday was a day around the house and running to do whatever I needed to to help my wife as she was getting everything ready for my oldest's wedding the next day. While she did most of the cooking, I did the running and got the last few things we needed. We had the rehersal that night (that my daughter and fiance didn't show up for) and had to set up the reception hall (which was more fun than I had expected).

Saturday was the wedding (11:00 service with reception afterwards). Service went off without a hitch and then tons and tons of pictures. Then they went off to go take some pictures around town. We left the church at 12:30 and they left with the specific reminder that they had a hall full of people waiting on them. They didn't show up until right before two. (very inconsiderate). We got everyone served and then cut the cake and we were wrapped up with everything by 5:00. We (me, my wife, my youngest, her friend Peyton) then went out for dinner and met up with my wife's sister and her husband and had a good evening.

** Some of you are probably going to ask why I haven't talked about this. My oldest is bi-polar and schizophrenic and just refuses to take meds. (yet another overriding concern). I really wasn't going to say much about it until it actually happened. Realistically, I had a small part of me that was expecting them to just take off and leave a church full of people sitting there and I had to explain that they just took off. Aside from the irritation of the reherals and the delay at the reception, it really went pretty smooth.

** Note to those of you planning weddings, make sure to hire servers. You can do the food yourself, but have someone there to warm up everything and set stuff out. It frees up everyone to enjoy.

Yesterday was a long day that we just piddled around the house.

I am so glad that this week is in the books. I can't imagine much more stress added to that.

  
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NANHBH 11/19/2011 11:34PM

    Jon, sounds like you handled things very well that week. How did the progress of moving from contractor to employee come out? Is it final yet?

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LEANNROCKS 11/13/2011 7:46AM

    ST, there is only one way to retain one's sanity after a week like that, and I'm certain that is where you were. Keeping you in prayers for the new, PERMANENT job.

With my wedding, I catered the reception it at the Holiday Inn where we were staying overnight before our flight out the next morning. Mom was right when she said we could ALL enjoy the event and no one would have to clean up.

It's a new week! God's mercies are new every morning.



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JANETRIS 11/12/2011 12:37PM

    What what a week! I'm tired just reading about it. Mental illness is tough. It's also in my family and you just deal with it as you do anything else. It's never easy, but what is...LOL! Glad you made it and best of luck at the job...Jane emoticon

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CANBDONE 11/11/2011 9:42AM

    WOWSERS! What a week! My oldest is bi-polar, too. He feels he doesn't need the meds anymore either. I understand your pain. Your guardian angels worked overtime this week. "All things work together for good..." emoticon

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BILLALEX70 11/9/2011 4:39PM

    ST always glad to see you.

Sounds like you're up for some R&R!

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SHAROND52 11/8/2011 11:17AM

    Glad to hear that the wedding went fairly. As someone who has bi-polar and ADD I know how that can affect the rest of the family. It sounds like you and your family are handling it very well.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/7/2011 4:09PM

    Good grief. I'm surprised you didn't flip out. I don't think anyone can truly understand what you have gone through unless they have a schizophrenic or bi-polar person in the family. And having both in one person is a real challenge. It's amazing that everything went as well as it did.

My BIL is off his meds now too and we are paying for it. Every day is a nightmare and we never know what to expect. At least your daughter sounds a lot more stable.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 11/7/2011 2:24PM

    Congratulations dad. I'm glad to hear that everything went well. Be strong brother.

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RAYVEN01 11/7/2011 1:53PM

    Bi-polar disorder, depression and anxiety is present in my family as well. Nothing throws a wrench in the works quite like imbalanced brain chemistry! Glad everything went relatively smoothly!

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PERSISTENTTIM 11/7/2011 12:32PM

    Wow what a stress filled week, glad you came through more or less unscathed. Those weeks make us happy for the normal ones. Have a great week and enjoy the new permanent employment.

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 11/7/2011 12:23PM

    What a stressful week, especially while preparing for a wedding! Glad it went fairly well though. Hope the job stuff works out for you but sounds like you did great there!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/7/2011 12:12PM

    Hey ST! Congrats on getting through a tough week! Kids are kids, even if they are bi-polar. so i would have to say that nearly anybody else would have had the same things go wrong. my adult kids do some pretty goofy stuff too, (i've got some stories!) and at the most awkward of times.

Praying for you on the new job!

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MONETRUBY 11/7/2011 12:07PM

    Wow, what a week! Glad that things went well, especially with the wedding. Good luck with the job-hope everything continues going smoothly with that.

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Special little girls

Friday, March 25, 2011

I have three special little girls in my life, my daughter Deanna and her two friends Peyton and Maddie.

There are three very special things that happened recently that just warms my heart.

Deanna and Peyton went to Disney together with Peyton's family. Peyton and her stepdad, Tony, are into diving. Deanna was waving at Peyton through the glass while they were diving and a child came up next to her. Peyton turned to swim off and Deanna heard the child voice disappointment. Deanna banged on the glass to get Peyton's attention again and have her and Tony come over. They blew kisses and played with the child for about 15 minutes until it was time for them to get out. The child's mom thanked Deanna for doing that. Deanna let her know it was not a big thing.

One of the other days, Make-a-Wish was there with a child with cancer. That group was at the same area as Deanna and the group. Both group had an odd number of people in it so Deanna volunteered to ride with the child (and I can't remember the name, but Deanna remembers it) and she rode a couple of the rides (Snow White and one other) with her. I don't know what the child got out of it, but Deanna has a very special place in her heart for that little one. She usually has to wipe away a tear after she tells this one.

Then comes the touching thing from Maddie. While Deanna and Peyton were gone, it was volleyball regionals. Maddie, an 8th grader, is usually benched during tournaments, not for anything she does, just because the coach thinks that there are better players (and there really aren't, the people she plays instead do as good as Maddie, sorry had to grumble). Maddie posted this on Facebook.

:'( Well that's it for me. That's the last time I will stand in a circle with those girls and say "123 Go Hornets!" but you know what? "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

I saw that and I welled up with pride that in the face of difficulty, she would be the better person and quote some scripture.

Don't get me wrong, my oldest daughter, my wife, and many other women bring these moments to me as well, but these things are just some recent ones that make me well up.

  
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CANBDONE 10/25/2011 9:07AM

    I love a man that can appreciate the attributes of young women. What a difference these three young girls are making in a hurting world!

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JIBBIE49 9/4/2011 12:21AM

    I know you are working daily to keep your goal weight so these girls will have you as an example. I know you don't want them fat.

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BOBF15 3/29/2011 6:48PM

    Cast your bread upon the waters and in many days it will come hence. You reap what you sow. It looks like this is a good harvest.

God bless and keep soaring,
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BILLALEX70 3/27/2011 7:17PM

    Thanks for sharing such great stories. It makes you feel good as a parent when your child does good works out of the kindness of their heart.

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NANHBH 3/27/2011 4:41PM

    Out of the mouths of babes, everything is more meaningful! Wow, what great women these young ladies will be!

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MONETRUBY 3/25/2011 11:39PM

    Well, that gives me hope for the future of the human race. So nice to hear that there are such good, kind kids out there. Thanks for sharing.

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FERGSGIRL2 3/25/2011 11:26PM

    That is so great! Kids are so truthful and when they say or do something it is without pretense. Daughter and friends have good hearts that I pray will continue to grow as they grow; especially in Christ. You are blessed, and I know you are thankful.
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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/25/2011 8:23PM

    I just LOVE hearing great stories about kids. too often we hear the bad stuff (on the news) and not the good, decent, heart-warming stuff! Yay for Great Kids and The Parents who help them become that way!
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JANEDOE12345 3/25/2011 5:37PM

    It is not only hearing these lovely stories, it is touching that you have the sensitivity to notice and appreciate these special moments as they happen. What a loving father you are, Jon. Thank you for sharing.

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WINELADY01 3/25/2011 4:15PM

    It's always nice to hear about kids not only doing the "right" thing but doing it without being coached. It sounds like you have a really awesome daughter and she is keeping really good company in her friends!

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JACKIEBLUE222 3/25/2011 4:14PM

    It is so nice to hear these kinds of stories. If one were to believe everything they see on TV, you'd think there were no good kids left anymore. How lucky you are (they, too are very lucky to have you in their lives!).

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/25/2011 3:23PM

    Sounds like 3 awesome little ladies. You are very blessed to share their lives with them.

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I love to hear "good kid" stories!

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 3/25/2011 1:58PM

    Awesome!

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CECE0330 3/25/2011 1:36PM

    That's awesome! I hope I can instill that same sense of selfless-ness in my own girls.

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SHAROND52 3/25/2011 1:28PM

    That was SO nice. I love it when kids will do things like that out of the blue - random acts of kindness. You, your wife and the other girls parents are to be commend for the way you have been bringing them up. It all starts with what they learn at home. Then they take it out into the world making it a better place for the rest of us.

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NANCYANNE1956 3/25/2011 1:17PM

    Sounds like you're doing a great job raising your children!

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Great Christmas!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

While a busy and hectic weekend, it was absolutely fantastic. I got to spend Christmas eve down at my parents with my brother and my cousin from Chicago. Then, the youngest and I went to 11:00 candlelight service.

Saturday morning, a leisurely up and at them. My wife and youngest went to church at 10:00 and then we met up at her sister's and spent the day.

Today, we had our Christmas with just us and then the youngest's boyfriend came over. Just a day of sitting around, playing games and just enjoying each other.

I hope all of you had a great Christmas as well.

  
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SNUZSUZ 1/4/2011 9:28AM

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/4/2011 5:47AM

    I was lucky as it was a scheduled day off this year-- spending time with family is heartwarming

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BILLALEX70 12/28/2010 8:20AM

    Sounds like a great Christmas. We have friends and family in for Christmas day to play games, watch movies and eat. It's that last part I struggle with the most. LOL

Happy New Year!
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MONETRUBY 12/27/2010 10:06PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas. Glad to hear that yours was quiet, peaceful, and joyful. Here's to a great 2011!

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JANEDOE12345 12/27/2010 9:44AM

    No drama is the best kind of holiday! Very glad to report I had no drama and lots of joy. Glad to hear yours was good, too!
Pam

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MSBEAUTY711 12/27/2010 9:39AM

    I had a blessed Christmas with the family that as drama free. God is good!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/27/2010 9:26AM

    We had a quiet Xmas at home. Just the three of us. The way I like it. No drama. LOL.

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 12/27/2010 7:11AM

    Sounds like a great weekend. Glad you enjoyed your Christmas!

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7PASTORMIKE7 12/27/2010 12:53AM

    That sounds like a blessed day indeed ! My day was with so many and phone calls for help and certain needs ! Praise God for His strength that He provides ! I have taken a break from daily blogs until the first Sunday in January. I will be putting together blogs 3 times a week until things slow down ! I am so happy for you and being able to see and visit with family ! That is an awesome joy in itself ! Take good care my brother and have a wonderful New Year !! Pastor Mike

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