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Pray Without Ceasing – Rick Chiavetta

Prior to the pandemic on any given Monday evening at7pm, you’d find a group of about twelve volunteers fromdifferent churches and different backgrounds gathered in theprofessional visitors waiting room at Chester County Prison.The purpose was simple, follow God’s command to … Continue reading

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“Exceedingly, Abundantly More….” Ephesians 3:20 – Rhonda Soland

Sometimes God surprises us with how extravagantlyand abundantly He meets a need. It stops us in our tracksand leaves us wide-eyed in wonder and amazement. Butwhy should it surprise us, when we serve a God who cando the impossible? We … Continue reading

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“I was just about to Lose my Faith and Lose Hope” – Heinrich Botes

Reading Inmate Request Forms with messages such as these below inspire us as chaplains to continue being faithful to perform the seemingly mundane and insignificant tasks that atypical day in prison holds: “I just want to thank you for your … Continue reading

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Onesimus Ministry at CCP in the Pandemic Year 2020 — Vernon Myers

What a year 2020 has been! With the pandemic bringing very significant changesto the manner in which ministry happened at Chester Country Prison, we can lookback in reflection; despite the difficult changes to which everyone associated withOnesimus Ministries needed to … Continue reading

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Monday Night Fellowship – Dan Turley

(Due to COVID, all family visits and church gathering in the chapel have stopped. Thus, outside volunteers have not been permitted to go inside.) The Old Testament is filled with weak and insecure people God used for his purposes. Moses … Continue reading

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Virtual Thanksgiving Banquet – Phil Taylor

We always try to live by Paul’s sage advice to “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) However, with Thanksgiving Day imminent, this ministry is especially … Continue reading

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Chaplain Jottings – Rhonda Solas

As we move into our 7th month under the Covid-19 related restrictions at Chester County Prison: no church services, no Bible studies or other classes, no gatherings of any kind, and extremely limited inmate contact, written communication has become very … Continue reading

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God Does Prison Ministry Better Than We Do – Heinrich Botes

It is now widely acknowledged that persecution and restrictions, contrary to human reasoning and expectations, enabled the ‘under-ground” church in oppressed nations to flourish. The Holy Spirit entered homes and hearts in an unprecedented manner to produce fruit…”fruit that will … Continue reading

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Prison Ministry has Changed – Vernon Myers

In the midst of all the COVID-19 turmoil, our family graduated two highschool seniors in 2020. One with a virtual ceremony which was nice, butnot what high school seniors wanted for their senior year. The other senior’sgraduation was postponed from … Continue reading

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From The Treasurer, Spring 2020 – Scott Duncan

What a privilege it is for me to serve as treasurer of Onesimus Ministries, taking the place of Roy Fite. My name is Scott Duncan and I’m from Oxford, PA. I previously worked in the accounting department at Herr Foods … Continue reading

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