Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sheridan Correctional Malachi Dads Prayer Request - Friday December 10, 2010

Greeting Prayer Warriors

We reached the halfway mark of our study “Experiencing God” with the completion of Unit 6 our 11th session over all in the Malachi Dads program at Sheridan Correctional Center and each week god draws me closer to the men and shows me their desire to be drawn closer to God.

Jessie – Please pray for me and my family during this holiday season that the may have a blessed Christmas, that God keep them safe

Lidell – Please pray for my children during this holiday season, that they may have a blessed Christmas; Cordell 11, Tanya, Ammera 18, Jahmeela 16, Jasmine 15, Jeanett 14, Lidell, 13

Clarence – Pray for wisdom godly wisdom

Robert – I would like you to pray for my Uncle Mike, Aunt Tina, son Robert and mother who is taking care of him, my sister Misty who is struggling with her faith and family, Mike C, Vince Y , Edgar N, Cameron and their respective families, my daughters and their mothers, my wife she is also incarcerated and me Robert.

Devery – Would you please pray for my two elder friends that have truly been a big part of my spiritual walk, Coral and John. They need healing cause they are both in their 70s. Pray that I hear some news about my Mother, Mary. I have not heard from her in over a year. I have asked someone that stays close to her to check on her but I have not even heard from them, yet. I would like for you to also pray that my walk with Father God will be deeply strengthened. Thank you so much for your prayers.

?? - I ask that you pray for my Mom, Lovette, and my children and their Mom and family, that God would be with them during this holiday season and bless their hearts to be cheerful givers to others, if they can.

?? – For strength in the time of trouble. Sometimes I fall into temptation. I get weary also in situations. I know that I am blessed with the Holy Spirit but I just need to rely on the spirit and most of all list to Him. Thanks, God bless you.

John – Please pray that our 6 month good time comes back and if possible I be released early to do the will of God by sharing my story and testimony with them so that if they are experiencing the struggles I went through then I can be a blessing to them. I also would like for my daughter to write me back. I would like prayer for my daughter’s Mom to find it in her heart to forgive me for allowing alcohol to ruin our relationship. Prayerfully yours.

Randy – Please pray:
1. For all the people going through tragic situations
2. For me to conquer all my problems through God
3. That I strengthen my faith, patience, and understanding
4. For my family, friends, and loved ones
Amen, God bless

Eli – God I pray for my health, that you will clear up my throat problems, in the name of Jesus. Also that you will clear it up for your glory, Abba.

Jon – Requesting pray for an early releases. Thank you.

Levi – I would like for you to pray for us all here attending this Malachi Dads Study Course and our continuous growth in Christ. Pray for our families and loved ones and their safety and well being and also for our communities as a whole.

Miguel – I ask that you keep my family and myself in prayer through these rough times. For my wife that they continue to find work for her so that she may keep her house. Pray for myself that my walk with God continues to grow and I get back on track cause I stumbled and took my focus off of God and left it on the world for a while. I thank you for all your prayers and support and God bless you all.

Jacob – I need for you to pray for me to forgive other people who do wrong to me. Pray for me to forgive myself for hating other people who hate me. Pray that I love myself some day soon.

Antoine – Thank you for your prayers and for praying for my son. I would love for you to continue prayer for us. For us to become stronger in His word and also for good health. I would also like you to pray for my nephew, Javonta, that whatever he is doing God may be able to stop him and that Javonta will hear God’s voice to stop doing wrong. Thank you and God bless you.

Kevin – Please pray for me and my family. I am worried about them. Pray that they get in touch with me. I really thank you for your prayers.

DeAngelo – I pray that the Lord reunites me and my baby’s mother and continue to bless my mother and family. I pray that His will be done in my life as will every man in the facility. I ask for a special prayer for my friend Derick who has been locked up for something he didn’t do.

Raamon – I’m still praying for my family and most of all I am still praying to find my son, Raamon David. God bless and Merry Christmas.

Rafael - Please pray for my kids, that they will have a blessed Christmas. Pray that they are safe and have food to eat. I also pray that they will come to visit me. In Jesus name, I pray.

Rodney – Please pray that God will redirect the lives of my family, watch over my children and bless this facility. Thank you and God bless you.

Robert F. – Asking for prayer for my Aunt Geraldine, my mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Jones and just for the Lord to look over my family and keep me focused on God and keep a postive mind and let all my words and actions be to serve the Lord and give Him praise. Thank you and God bless you.

JJ – Thank you for praying for me. God is good, now my prayers go out to you and I pray that God blesses you. Merry Christmas to all and continue to pray for me. My asthma has gotten better, thanks to you and God all Mighty. There are some things only God can do. Love, your brother in Christ.

Adam – Please pray for them that get persecuted for the faith in Christ, the Martyr’s Missionary workers, evangelists and also the sick and suffering in and out of faith. One prayer for me would be a closer more devote walk for Christ. We all fall short but I know I could be much, much closer to the Lord and His will for my life being my number one concern. Not my will but His be done. Amen. God bless!

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas

Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries™
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sheridan Correctional Malachi Dads Prayer Request - Friday November 5, 2010

Greetings Sheridan’s Malachi Dad prayer warriors

Brian and I had a good session this past Friday with the Malachi Dads of Sheridan. We completed Unit 2 of our Experiencing God bible study. Am thankful I am to get these prayer request off within a reasonable time of receiving them. However it is possible there will be a delay in sending next week’s prayer request. I may be out of town and though Brian will be leading the class solo he will have no quick way of sending the prayer requests. My going out of town depend upon my wife Michelle’s health as she is currently under a no fly order from her doctor because of a sinus infection. She currently is scheduled to leave Tuesday but if it is not cleared up it will be a no go. Please pray if you that it will be cleared up Monday morning

Here are this week’s prayer request.

Devery – I haven’t heard from my mother since October 7th of 2009. I don’t ever know if she is getting my letters. I don’t get them back (returned mail) but I don’t her from her either. I just sent her another letter yesterday with a card her name is Mary. Pray for me that Father God has her to write me and let me know she is alright. Thank you

Robert F – Pray for the Lord to look over my Aunt Geraldine as she has heart surgery this week and mother Deborah as she recovers from cancer. God be with me while I push forward in my intimate relationship with Him and my kids to stay focused on the Lord and not they things of this world and to be with every volunteer of the Malachi Dads program and their families. Thank you for your prayers and God bless

Raamon – Pray for me trying to find my son. I’m getting closer to him in prayer thank God. Pray for one of my friend’s here DeAngelo and his family. Thank you God bless

Lidell – Pray for my family that that I may go home on work release

Rafael – Pray that my kids and mom come to visit me. That they are healthy and doing well. I also pray that I receive a letter from my kids and their mom. I mainly pray for God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Rodney – Please pray that God will strengthen my relationship with my daughter’s mother and that He will make away for me to see my kids. Also that He will continue to build me up and use me to further build His kingdom.

Reginald D – I have not been able to phone my parents the past three days, tonight I’ll be calling again with whole hearted hope they’ll answer and be in good health, I’m worried

Robert – I would like to pray for my children Cody, Rue, Kylie, Rylie and Robert, my mother Carrie as well as the rest of my family. Also my wife who is in Lincoln Correctional Center her name is Julie, also for the rest of the guys here at Sheridan. God’s humble servant thank you and God bless.

Steven – Pray for world peace and for my children to be safe.

Randy – 1) Please pray for my family. 2) Please pray for my relationship with my daughter. 3) Please pray for my career in the culinary arts and employment. 4) Please pray that I grow stronger in Jesus and my faith. 5) Please pray that I further my education. 6) Please pray for all the sick and suffering in the world. 7) Please pray that God blesses me with a blissful Christian beautiful woman. 8) Please pray for all my enemies. Amen

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
scott@socpm.org
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries™
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

THE EXONERATED


A Movie well worth watching.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A SONG THAT TEARS AT THE HEART

Every now and then, or maybe more than that, a song will inspire a story within.

Eric Church’s LIGHTNING, is one of them.

I was actually on the way to my writing mentor’s house when this song came on. And though I’ve heard it many times, its words penetrated deep, and a sudden story idea came rushing over me. I pulled out my spiral notebook and pen and quickly jotted it down before it left me.

Prison Ministry is my passion, my calling in life, so this song has intense meaning to me. You see, I visited the very room where they lethally inject inmates. I can’t begin to tell you all the feeling that washed over me as I entered the room, and the whirlwind of thoughts that filled my head.

People so often only see the criminal, and the victim and their family…they rarely think of the silent, hidden, unspoken victims. The family member of the criminal. Yes, they too are victims. Victims of embarrassment, hurts, and losses. After all, what had they done wrong?

I’m an aspiring writer and thus far have written contemporary romance but I know without a doubt that God will use me to write about my calling in life…the Prison Ministry, whether in fictional or non-fictional form.

And I see this song inspiring one of them.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Prayer Request Men of Sheridan June 18, 2010

A news flash if you will Sean who was the only one with perfect attendance for 40 sessions missed the 41st and last teaching session. Apparently not feeling well. It will be a challenge not to razz him next week for our last class of celebration. Another news flash is Robert S joined us this evening. Robert was quit coming so the explanation goes when the previous Assistant Warden Programs removed men from attending to many classroom programs. Not sure what all the facts are but it was good to see him. In fact I told the men that if former students Nathan and Lawrence get permission to join us next week for our celebration they’re welcome.

James – My name is James whoever receives this prayer request can you please pray that I stay away from my old behavior while I’m still young

Quincy – Hey how are you guys doing? Fine I hope and pray. I’d like to thank you guys for praying for me and my children. I am about to get released from here less than two weeks and I’d rally appreciate it if you guys continue to pray for me and that I become a better father to my children. Thanks for praying for me and my children God bless

John – Request prayer for understanding to make the right decisions toward my drug and alcohol treatment and where I’ll be paroling to upon release

Robert S – I would like to thank you Scott for allowing me to come and listen to you share God’s word and give the wisdom you have and taking the time out to come here. You don’t have to but God has given you a heart to disciple us. Thank you I will continue to pray for you and your family. I will ask you to please continue to pray for my family that God will keep me on the right road once I leave here. Thank you once again

Miguel – Hello and God bless I hope that you are in good health. Once again I ask you keep Rochelle in prayer so that she recovers from her accident that put her in a coma and she pulls through any difficulties that she may have due to this. Also that you keep my wife in prayer that her job gives her more work and in good health when she goes to the doctor that there are no traces of the cancer that she had. Thank you for keeping them in prayer and I pray that God continues to bless all of you who continue to pray us that are incarcerated. God bless you and be safe.

Michael – This will be our last Bible study together so will you please pray for all of us in this class. That we will stay in good grace with God, that is to stay in His good grace. Pray also that we will be able to keep what God has given us through Scott. And ask God to bless Scott as well because we love him with godly love. Pray for all the lost souls in the world

I plan to collect prayer request next week but my heart cannot wait until next week to being to give you thanks for praying for these men. Until then though with as much words can sincerely say in an e-mail – Thank you and to Him be the glory.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
scott@socpm.org
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Men of Sheridan Prayer Requests Friday May 28, 2010

All six men were present tonight for I felt one of the most attentive classes a lesson on "Decisions".

Big or small the decisions we make can have consequences we regret, I reminded the men it was a poor decision that resulted in them being incarcerated. A strong emphasis was placed on not just making a good decision but the best decision. The best decisions come from wisdom and wisdom does not come from knowing a lot of stuff it comes from knowing God’s Word

James – My name is James can you please pray for me that I may grow in the Word of God. Also can you pray for the people who are lost in a life of sin and the believers who give into sin.

Quincy – How are you doing? Fine, I hope. I just like you for continually pray for me and my children that when I get release from here that I reunite with all my children Thank you and God bless you and your family.

Jon – Prayer for wisdom to make the right decisions

Miguel – My wife is having problems with the social security office and it is beginning to affect her because the are saying she owes more money after she paid them what they said she owes. I have been keeping her in my prayer that they find the mistake that they have made so that it doesn’t stress her out more than it already has. Thank you and God bless

Michael – Will you please pray for all the sick suffering people in this world . Again please will you pray for a wonderful, kind, beautiful hearted who has answered my request from last week to pray for another woman who doctors told that she doesn’t have long to live. Pray that God will bless both of the women and all the sick and suffering of this world.

Sean – I pray that God’s will be my will, I pray that Scott receives traveling mercies and that his family continually to walk and live in God. That my family chose God as their savior and thank you Jesus for the Holy Spirit.

A special request of prayer for Jon. Though the other men were quite attentive Jon was very distant tonight. I sensed there was a heavy burden on Jon’s heart. I talked with him for the short walk we have from the classroom to where I have to exit and he said he was OK, but Jon by his own admission finds it a challenge to share his burdens with others. Please pray that through the Holy Spirit Jon will come to know the steps he needs to take to find the peace and joy his heart desires.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Monday, May 17, 2010

Men of Sheridan Prayer Requests May 14, 2010

Greeting men of Sheridan prayer warriors;

Hard to believe 35 sessions are completed and only 6 more to go.

Sean – That God’s will be my will, that the salvation of my family be in Christ Jesus, that Scott have traveling mercies to and from Sheridan, home and work and that God’s grace and salvation be upon Scott’s life and his family’s life and spirit.

James - My name is James. Can you please pray that I may pray and come closer to my spiritual side every day. Please pray for me that I can grow in the word of God and be a doer of the word. Also pray for the people who less fortunate.

Miguel – That I continue to grow with the Lord and stick with my bible study. Also, everything that my wife, Lizette, gets everything that God has in store for her and she recognizes it as a blessing from the Lord and she gives Him the praises that He deserves. Thank you and God bless.

Jon – Seeking prayer to be given an open mind to Sheridan’s alcohol treatment program and to open up fully to others in the group.

Michael – Please will you just pray for my mother for she is kind of old now and also pray for the rest of my family. I have 9 sisters and I make four brothers. Please will you find it in your God given heart to pray for all of their well being.

Quincy – Hey how are you? Fine I hope. I would like you to continue to pray for me and my family that we will all remain safe in the Lord’s care. Thank you and God bless you and your family. Amen.

Next week we will have a session on ‘Expressing Your Heart’ Please pray that the Holy Spirit speaks through me and the men’s hearts are open to receive

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
scott@socpm.org
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Men of Sheridan Parayer requests April 30, 2010

Greetings;

Here are this past Friday’s prayer request

Michael – In Jesus name, remember the lost, the unsaved, give them the minds to be saved, pray for the city and the streets of Chicago. Pray for Sheridan, Westcare, our families, friends and loved ones. Pray that God blesses the world

Sean – That God’s will be done in my life continually, that God’s salvation envelope my parents life and spirit and my children’s salvation be in God, thank you God, continued travel mercies for Scott, that this administration here at Sheridan continue to be blessed so that we be blesses by them and through them.

John – Seeking prayer for Manny Mill and Koinonia House to increase with open more houses

Miguel – My wife Lizette just lost her job and is seeking new employment and I pray she finds a new job that will allow her to survive and live comfortable until my release for me to help support her and our children – Thank you and God bless

James – My name is James asking that you can pray for non-believers also for the people who struggle and pray but give up once their prayers are not answered right away. Thank God for being a doctor who really cares.

Quincy was not present, am not certain why please pray he will return.

Also pray for a man named Herschel. Herschel is an individual who antagonizes James’ going to Bible studies.

As some of you may recall James at one time quit coming to the class because of being looked down upon and being called soft by some of his peers. Your prayers brought James back to the class and I affirmed to James that his not giving into Herschel’s antagonizing taunts is an indication of maturity. His maturing is also an answer to prayer. Let us praise God in answering the prayers of Jim’s return to the class and his maturing in His trust in the Lord.

Pray that Herschel will see that the maturity in James comes from a loving God, who not only loves James but loves Herschel and that the love God has for Herschel will draw Herschel not to antagonize James but to accept God’s love and become one of God’s own children himself.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
scott@socpm.org
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sheridan Prayer Request April 23, 2010

Greetings of great joy!!

God’s glory truly shined Friday from Quincy’s glowing smile as he shared his court date on April 16 regarding custody of his son went very well. As I understand it no final ruling from the Judge but per Quincy even the States Attorney was behind Quincy as they talked to the Judge. He has another court date in May when I believe the Judge will give his ruling. Quincy gives thanks for your prayers as you’ll read but I can’t help not stand behind Quincy jumping with joy as I say thanks to you for your prayer and praises to our God for His answers to those prayers.

Quincy – Hey my name is Quincy and I would like to thank you guys for praying for me and my son’s situation with court. Things went so well for us even when I give up on myself you guys in the Lord was with me in prayer. Thank you guys God Bless you Quincy – Amen

Michael – Please pray that I will get a good job that will pay $30.00, but first pray for yourself and everybody in this world, then pray for me.

James – My names is James, please pray for me that I continue to grow mentally and spiritually. Also pray for the people who are given up during up during hard times.

Sean – That my mom receive spiritual, mental and physical peace given by God my Father and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That God’s will be done in my life forever, here in prison and the outside of prison. Thank you Jesus

John – Requesting prayer to continue with desire to successfully complete this drug and alcohol program. I’m having a very hard time with the first program in all my life and don’t like opening up to others in my group.

Miguel missed but he told the rest of the class he had other mattes to attend to but will be back next Friday.

It truly was a fun time last Friday, the guys pulled a little gag on me (I fell for it), we talked about how to celebrate in our last class come June 25, it continues to be a joyful blessing to be used by God in these men’s lives. My prayer is that I have submitted an application to the North American Mission Board of Southern Baptist Convention and will be meeting Monday with some staff members from Navigators. In both matters I and Michelle are seeking God’s will and open doors for my taking prison ministry to be a vocational one. Please pray for us to clearly see God’s will above my heart’s desire.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
scott@socpm.org
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
http://www.soldiers-of-christ.org/

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Prayer Request Sheridan April 16, 2010

Greetings All;

A short list this week as one of the men, Paul, was transferred Stateville Farm and Quincy was absent do his court appearance for custody of his son. Quincy arrived back from court shortly before class started but according to the other men he didn’t say anything and just went to his cell. I do not know if it was because he was tired or his day in court did not go well and wanted to be by himself. Nonetheless remember Quincy in your prayers

Sean – please pray for me to be reunited with my children

Michael – I will always be last on my prayer request list, so please pray for yourself and others in the carnal world that we live in. Then pray for me that I remain strong in the faith to keep going.

John – Requesting that God will reveal His purpose and plans for my life.

James – My name is James. I need whoever comes in contact with this prayer request to pray that I be more drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ. Also pray that I may continue to let go of my childish behavior.

Thanks for your prayers

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

LETTERS MAKE THERE WAY THROUGH STONE WALLS


“Gifts make their way through stone walls.”
Proverb


I’ve been involved with the prison ministry since 2004. Since then I’ve written countless letters to inmates, visited jails and prisons for adults and youth, as well as answered many letters that have come into my church, Willow Creek.

Every time I’ve stepped through the gates of a prison or jail grounds I feel the presence of God. It’s hard to describe but at that moment I know I’m exactly where I’m suppose to be. When I see the many faces of the men or youth, it only reconfirms my feelings.

Those that are behind bars are lost, lonely, depressed, feel hopeless, and unloved. But as I stand in their presence and worship with them, or share in their celebrations and life the hope, and love of Jesus is tangible. I can feel it.

I could write a book about all the amazing experiences I’ve had through the prison ministry, there’s that many. That’s not to say there is never any heartache because with everything in life there is bound to be. But the good is always outshining the bad for me. That is what I focus on. I’m not about to let satan win at taking away the gift God has blessed me with, and the calling He has for my life.

This picture is one I had the privilege of receiving through Willow Creeks Community Church’s mail from a gentleman that is incarcerated. It nearly brought me to my knees.


“You can’t help everybody, but you can help a few. It’s that few that God will hold us accountable for.”
Bob Pierce


Hebrew 13:3 “Don’t forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.”


“ Eachof our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.”
Leo Buscaglia


“No man is so poor as to have nothing worth giving. Give what you have. To someone it may be better than you dare to think.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sheridan Prayer Request April 16, 2010

Sheridan Prayer Request

John – Seeking prayer for strength to humble myself in humility of trials

Quincy – How are you doing? My name is Quincy and I like for you pray for me that things go in the Lord’s favor as my rights with my son when I go to court Friday April 16

Miguel – I would like everyone to pray for Robert Culp he is a good person and is on his deathbed do to lack of medical assistance Thank you and God bless

Paul – I will be getting work release soon I’m easily influenced. Please pray for me that I may have strength to maintain focus. Also my brother was killed by a gang member and he wasn’t saved. However I need you to pray for me that have enough strength to let God’s will in this prevail and not my own

Sean – That God’s will be done in my life, that I continue to live in God’s grace and under His mercy, that my salvation would be in God and my family’s salvation would be in God.

James – My name is James. Please pray for me that I may grow up and stop acting childish. I feel like I have wasted my youth by being in jail. I’m also scared to go home after being in jail since age 15 – 21. I don’t want to make those same mistakes.

Michael – Please pray for the world’s well being and then pray for me. I have always let both little and big things get to me, really get to me bad.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
scott@socpm.org
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sheridan Prayer Request March 26, 2010

Praises to our great God for a great night last Friday;

We were joined by two newcomers Paul and John.

There was a lot of agreement on how we often fall into a cycle of performance orientation, where are actions can be for the wrong reasons and those wrong reasons cause us to take our focus off Jesus.

Here are this week’s prayer request

Quincy – Hey, my name is Quincy and I would like for you to pray for me that Lord keep his hands on my life and to continue to watch over my family and children

Miguel – I need prayers for patience cause I’m dealing with a couple of people that are stubborn and don’t want to change their negative ways. Also that my daughter Delilah graduates the 8th grade on stage.

Michael – I would like you to pray for the two new guys that we have in the Bible study, that God guide them and that He will their hearts and stay with us.

John – Requesting prayer for strength to find God’s will in my life and requesting prayer for early release.

Paul – I owe my mother $5,000 I gave it to a lawyer and if she know she would likely disown me. She had bonded me out of jail. Soon she will find out and I don’t want to lose our relationship. I haven’t spoken to her in months because I’m scared to face her.

James – My name is James, please pray that I may gain some self control and be a doer of the word. Please pray that all believers can stand strong in faith in Jesus.

Sean – That God’s will be my will, That God continues to bless and keep and renew my family especially spiritually. That my salvation is secure in God. I love you Jesus.

The prayers these men request are about thing that are upmost in their hearts; family, children, patience, caring for others, strength, fear, self-control, knowing God’s word and His will. The circumstances may be different but they are just like the our prayers. We have another commonality, sin, different circumstances but all of us in need of a Savior.

Thanks for your prayers and words of encouragement, it truly means a lot to me and knowing the power of prayer I can only imagine how much it means to the Men of Sheridan.


Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas

Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mentor: The Kid and the CEO


The MENTOR: The Kid & The CEO, is a must read for all. It’s well written, and reads like a great novel. Portative, positive, positive. This is the attitude and way of life everyone one should be striving for. This book will bring hope and encouragement to those down on their luck, thinking life has nothing to offer them. It really cemented the idea that our own thinking and actions can either make or break us. In the end it is up to you. To have mentors throughout your life is vital, and having God as the center of your life is a must.

I found myself continually saying, “yes, yes.” I loved how Malcolm made it a point to teach both Tony and Gary what is needed to be a good person, as well as successful in life…in all areas of one’s life. We can all learn something from this book whether that be from Tony’s perspective that with the right attitude, good morals and hard work, you can do anything. Or from Malcolm whom we witness the importance of looking beyond ourselves and doing for others. After all, isn’t that what God has called us to do, and in doing so we end up being a winner as well.

You reap what you sow, so sow well.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Prayer Request for Sheridan Facility 3/12/2010

Hello prayer warriors it was a great time in Sheridan. We talked on the subject of sex and though the lesson itself was good I felt a evening of good fellowship as we also spent some time on spiritual gifts and there was also the blessing of some good news but I’ll let Quincy share that with you in his prayer request.

Quincy – I like to thank Jesus for answering my prayers and for you praying for me. I heard from my family and children – Thank God. I pray that the lord keep watch over my family and children as well as your family and children too. God Bless you

Sean – That God will be my will, that Scott continued to be blessed as a servant of God and that he receive traveling mercies as he does God’s work. That God continue to bless Sheridan Correctional Center and its staff so that we as detainees also b blessed. That God’s spirit live in and protect my mother, father, children, and the rest of my family

James – My name is James, whoever comes in contact with this prayer request please pray for me that I continue to grow day in and day out. I don’t want to waste my life in jail. I want to grow up as a man of God and not as an enemy of God. God bless you from my heart

Michael – please pray for the nation and the country of Chili. That the lord will be with them and bring them out of their problems and trouble and I will and always pray for you with the love and care that the Lord put in my heart.

Truly the news that Quincy heard from his children was a great joy. Thank you on behalf of Quincy for your prayers as I am confident that God heard them and blessed Quincy. Your prayers are working in James too. I have seen over the past few weeks more sincerity in his wanting to be in the class. Remember he at one time chose to stop attending but your prayers for God to work in his heart were answered and he is attending again.

I’m almost in tears as I write this e-mail as I witness these men growing in the Lord and that is through your prayers so I truly am thankful I do ask for your continued prayers for the class as a whole, that the men keep coming. Also I’m trying to make contact with Julie Beethem to arrange for another session in Sheridan. There is no guarantee that we can come back. I’m open to teaching whatever Sheridan feels needs to be taught to these men. Hopefully they will continue to see it being God’s Word. I’m also have three request two from ministry partners (Paul and John) and Miguel a friend the men in the class to join the class and though it is late in the class and I’ve been told no more vacancies can be filled I’m seeking God’s lead on asking Julie if they can join us.

Have a blessed week

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 671
Cortland, IL 60112-0671

Monday, March 15, 2010

ONE LIFE MATTERS, A NEW BEGINNING


ONCE LIFE MATERS is a quick, easy read. Right from the first page you’re drawn into Marty’s world. The insight to being in the music industry in that era and all it entails is fascinating. Though it’s a biography/non-fiction, ONCE LIFE MATTERS reads like great fiction.

As I read about Marty’s journey I couldn’t help but be amazed what he survived. It’s clear that God had a bigger and better plan for Marty then he had for himself. And He wasn’t giving up on him. Marty just needed to walk through that door that was being held open for him time and time, again.

ONCE LIFE MATTERS is straightforward in how one repeatedly ignores Gods whispers, and where that road can lead. Without God we are lost souls, constantly searching for purpose and meaning in our lives.

I loved the way Marty wove in scripture relevant to what was going on in his life, hindsight that will speak to its readers.

It may have taken Marty years, as it often does many of us but he finally found his way. Not only did he find his way but he continues to walk through open doors, following Gods whispers, and sometimes shouts to do amazing work in His name.

Marty is a walking testimony that lives can be changed, and not only changed but totally turned around. A great inspirational story for those of us in the Prison Ministry, as well as for those struggling with some of the same issues Marty had.

I highly recommend this book for those in the Prison Ministry, as well as for those struggling with addictions, in prison or are far from God and feel their life is meaningless and hopeless.

ONCE LIFE MATTERS is encouraging to those struggling in life, as well as inspiring to those with loved ones far from God and caught up in their own nightmares.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sheridan Prayer Request Friday March 5, 2010

Hello Prayer Warriors,

I had a busy weekend and apologize for lateness

We had a really good discussion this last Friday on anger. The men could and did honestly reflect on how ‘sinful’ anger has caused a lot of negative consequences in their personal lives. We also shared some good light hearted moments it was good to share some laughs with the men.

The prayer request for this week are along the same line as previous and I take that as a sign there are now any looming challenges or overwhelming trials, but rather the continuing desires of their hearts

James – My name is James and who ever receives this prayer request, please pray for me that I may continue to change from the life of crime. It’s hard but I’m making progress slowly but surely

Quincy – My name is Quincy and I would like for you to pray for me and my family that the cycle of coming to jail would end and that the Lord keep watch over me and my family

Michael – Just pray for all the people in the world and all the nation that are in deep trouble having really bad problems.

Sean – That God’s will be done in my life, that my family stay strong in God, that God continue to bless Scott and his family and that Scott will continue to have traveling mercies bringing God’s word to us here at Sheridan

This week we will discuss the ever fun topic of ‘Sex.’ Though it can be mentioned with light heartedness, sadly this gift from God between a husband and wife can be one of the most challenging sins to keep under control. Especailly with the promotion of it so heavily in our culture. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to be present in my presenting of the material and of the men’s heart in receiving it.

On a personal note, as you may know, I’ve been unemployed since November and though God has provided it be a joy to employed in some capacity again. I myself would love to pursue a vocation in prison ministry but the pay in this vocation is very low and unless we are able to sell our town home in Carol Stream that is almost out of the question barring God doing a miracle. Please pray if it is God’s will for me to pursue prison ministry as vocation at this time He bring us a buyer of the town home and open doors for emloyment in this vocation. If it is not His will that He bring me employment in the EDI field.

One additional note my brother Dwight recently became unemployed as well if you could please lift him in prayer for employment. He is also not saved a prayervrfo his salvation is paramount.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Chriiprst Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas
scott@socpm.org

Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 87663
Carol Stream IL, 60188-7663

Sunday, March 7, 2010

An Inspiring Story

LIVE TO TELL is an amazing story.

Make sure to check out Marty's ministry, Marty Angelo Ministries, Inc.
http://www.martyangelo.com/

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Christmas Celebration at Cook County Jail


ROCKIN THE JAILHOUSE

A Christmas Celebration at Cook County Jail

As the first group of men from division fourteen filed into the room, taking their seats, I could sense God’s presents. What a treat it was to recognize several of the men from only a few weeks prior when I severed then a Thanksgiving meal.

The hour began with encouraging words from Gaius. When Chicago Willow began to sing, oh, what a blessings that was. The men were off their feet and clapping their hands. A smile spread across my face as we sung the roof off the jailhouse.

Bev gave a message about salvation and how each and everyone of us have sinned, yet Jesus came to save us. Her message was powerful; reaching many of the men as they called out, Amen’s and nodding in agreement.

Song that grabs the soul

A song from Cheryl, I HAVE TO BELIEVE was so powerful; it reached down and touched your soul. As I glanced around, there were men standing with raised hands, others with tears in their eyes. Even the three officers standing in the back of the room, arms around one another, were swaying back and forth to the powerful words Cheryl sung with tears rolling down their cheeks.

Jim then spoke to the men on how we all have made promises we haven't kept. Have had people in our life let us down. Yet Jesus is always faithful. His word is His word! At that time Jim asked the men if they’d like to ask Jesus into their heart, to step forward. One by one, man after man, gathered at the front of the room. Tears were flowing from volunteers, inmates and offices. The presence of God was truly tangible.

Back to their floor

As each man left the room in single file, one by one. They shook our hands, thanking us with a grin upon their face. Once back on their floor, each man would receive a bag of homemade cookies that were baked by volunteers.

Receive the blessing of volunteering

Every Monday night several volunteers meet at Cook County Jail for a Bible study with Division 14. As the ministry continues to grow, so does the need for volunteers. If God has put upon your heart to find out more about what goes on behind locked gates, please contact Anne Rand at, arand@willowcreek.og.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sheridan Prayer Request Friday February 26, 2010

Looks like Robert S has decided not to return, but of the four men attending we had a good session on ‘Repentance and Restitution’



Quincy – Hey how are you doing? Fine I hope. My name is Quincy and my request is that you continue to pray for me, my family and children and that we rest in God’s love and care. I’ll do the same for you



Sean – That God’s will be done in my life, that my mother’s salvation continues in God, that my children be protected and guided by God through the Hoy Spirit in Jesus name. That my relationship with my sister be restored and blessing in Jesus name, her name is Ebonie



James – My name is James. Whoever comes in contact with this prayer, please pray for me that I may turn away from m wicked ways. Also can you pray that I grow daily in the Lord. I’m only 20 yrs old and I don’t want to wait until I get older to change.



Michael – Please pray for my cellie that he would really seek the lord and His word. Pray that the Lord help me by making me able to show the power of God to help His faith to seek? And pray for me, I have been sick pray that the Lord will make me well.



This well we will discuss ‘Anger’



On behalf of the men thanks for your prayers


Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Scott Kalas

Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries
www.soldiers-of-Christ.org

Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 87663
Carol Stream IL, 60188-7663

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sheridan Prayer Request Friday Febraury 19, 2010

Praises to God as this week saw the return of Michael to the class. He was glad to be back I and him thank you for your prayers for his return and a big thank you to Laura of IDOC who worked on behalf of Michael. She also got Robert back on the list and he should be back this coming Friday



Michael – Please just pray for yourselves and others (I know Michael has some health issues please pray for him in this area)



James – My name is James whoever comes in contact with this prayer request, please pray for me. I just want to come close to God. Everything seems to look better and feel better on God’s side I want the true meaning of life.



Quincy – My name is Quincy and I would like for you to continue praying for me and my children and family that we all be safe in God’s hands I’ll pray for you as well



Sean – That God will be done in my life. That my mother be healed physically, spiritually and emotionally. That my children and I be reunited again



We talked about shame last week and all the men are really feeling the weight of their poor choices. I explained one of the hardest things to overcome in shame is forgiveness of self. Please lift all the men in prayer that they will receive from the God the strength to forgive themselves from their hearts and have healing peace.



This week’s topic is ‘The Gifts of Repentance and Restitution’ please pray that the Holy Spirit will give me the words that will build into them the joy and fruit of these gifts


Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord;

Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries

www.soldiers-of-Christ.org
http://www.soldiers-of-christ.org/


Connecting prison ministries and institutions to serve the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for the Glory of Jesus Christ

U.S. Mail
Soldiers Of Christ Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 87663
Carol Stream IL, 60188-7663

Friday, February 19, 2010

FREEDOM BEHIND BARS



Freedom Behind Bars

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)


Kyle Hebert makes no excuses for what he did or where he is today. He freely admits that he and he alone is responsible for his sins. He doesn’t play the blaming game as so many often do.

Kyle has many accomplishments to his name since entering the gates of Angola State Penitentiary in May of 2000. As an inmate of the largest maximum security prison in the United States, he is also a 2007 graduate of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Angola Extension Campus with an associates and bachelors degree in Christian Ministry. He’s completed many classes including Anger Management and Substance Abuse. Kyle’s also a Class-A trusty and a staff writer for the prison magazine, The Angolite. Taking 10 years to achieve, a Class-A trusty, the highest level, he must avoid being disciplined or written up for an offense, and set an example for other inmates to follow.

Louisiana (Angola) State Penitentiary

Not so many years ago, Angola was the bloodiest prison in America. Now it’s considered to be the safest. Many have speculated why Angola turned around, but for anyone who has visited the prison, they leave knowing exactly what has brought about this miraculous change. And that change can be summed up in three letters: G.O.D.

When Burl Cain became the Warden of Angola State Penitentiary, he brought the word of God. He has promoted moral rehabilitation by allowing Christian ministries from all over the world to worship with the men of Angola.

Godly Father

Kyle is involved in a program, Malachi Dads. It’s a one-year program that teaches men to be godly fathers to their children. Prior to Malachi Dads, Kyle was able to meet his nine-year-old son, Matthew for the first time, through Returning Hearts, a program that unites fathers with their children.

Matthew wrote in a letter to his dad,

“Hi dad, I had a good time. I can’t wait til next year. I didn’t want to say goodbye. I love you with all my heart and Jesus does too. John 3:16 says, God so loved the word that he gave his one and only son for who ever believes in Him shall not parish but have eternal life. Bye dad, love you.”

Love your son,
Matthew

A Miracle Through Surrender and Faith

If you met Kyle at Angola State Penitentiary, you would find a miracle. One would have a hard time believing that Kyle was once the man he claims to have been. His story is one filled with hope and love.

“I’m not a poster boy for good behavior and recovery in Angola.” Kyle says. “I’m just a guy who knows he has a lot to be grateful for and a God who gets all the credit. He gave his son so that I may now have mine.”

The Willow Creek Prison Ministry

Willow Creek’s Prison Ministry has many volunteer opportunities from writing to the incarcerated, to making cell visits, to donating inspirational Christian fiction to the girls at IYC Warrenville. If you feel led to this ministry, check out a few of the opportunities on Willow’s website under Compassion and Justice.


http://www2.willowcreek.org/volunteer/details.asp?F=1&A=0&C=588&RegID=None

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Respect For Life

January 17, 2010
Respect For Life
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. —Psalm 139:14

In Psalm 139, David describes God as fashioning his tiny body together in the darkness of his mother’s womb. God loved David before he ever existed.

God designed the person David was to be, and He brought that person into being according to His predetermined plan. In this psalm, David used the intriguing metaphor of a journal in which God first wrote His plan and then brought that plan into fruition through His handiwork in the womb: “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written” (v.16).

Put another way, David was shaped by his heavenly Father’s love into a unique creation. He came from the inventive heart and hand of God. What was true of David is true of you. You are special—along with everyone else in the world.

This being true, we must be pro-life in the purest sense of the word. We are to respect and cherish all human life: the born and those still in the womb; winsome children and weary seniors; the wealthy executive and the financially destitute. All persons are unique productions of our Creator’s genius. With David, let’s exclaim: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (139:14). — David H. Roper

By God’s wise designing
We are wonderfully made,
Every part essential
And in perfect balance laid. —Anon.
All life is created by God and bears His autograph.

All life is created by God and bears His autograph.