|Western Youth Institution--Morganton, NC|
And so will some other members from Covenant Community. Tripp and Angie Porter, Dave and Barb Korb, Russ and Sandie Davis--we'll all be behind bars.
We're there for an Epiphany Ministry Weekend. Epiphany's mission is "To show Christ's love to troubled and incarcerated youth." An Epiphany weekend is modeled on Walk to Emmaus, Tres Dias, Via de Cristo, Journey, Chrysalis, and other three-day weekends.
The 25 young men who attend our Epiphany weekend at Western Youth Institution in Morganton will experience talks on the Christian life, skits, celebrations, unconditional love, and lots and lots of food. (If you've been to Emmaus, Tres Dias, or Chrysalis, you know what I'm talking about!) Our number one goal this weekend is to demonstrate to these young men, by our actions, that there is a God who loves them and sent His Son to die for them. Our hope and dream and prayer is that they will experience God's love in such a way that they will become followers of Jesus and their lives will be changed.
Think of what can happen! Young men who see no hope for their futures...who feel that a life of crime is the only life they can know... or who are facing countless years in prison -- this weekend could change all of that! They can meet Jesus, get on the right track, leave prison and become strong followers of Christ and productive members of society.
And as these YOUNG LIVES are changed and they go out into the world to interact with friends, family, future spouses, future children -- how many other lives will be changed as well?
This is the power of reaching NEW GENERATIONS! And this is why a ministry to incarcerated youth is so important.
So please pray. Pray for God's Spirit to move. Pray for God to open the hearts of the "Stars" (the guys participating in the weekend). Pray for health and safety and protection for all Epiphany volunteers. Pray for all logistics to run smoothly. And say a special prayer for Angie Porter who's serving as Lay Director -- that means she's in charge of the whole bloomin' thing!
See you when I get out!