Winter 2012 Jottings – Chaplain Lil

The work of Onesimus Prison Ministries continues at Chester County Prison. I am going into my 19th year. These years have been such a blessing for me.

This has been a year where a great number of lost and broken women have found themselves behind the walls of Chester County Prison. The average number of women in the prison is 130. In the 19 years I bave been in prison ministry, I have never seen the numbers this high. However, with each and every woman who comes into the prison, there is another opportunity to minister and counsel to the lost and the broken, to help tear down the walls that have held them back from living in the freedom that comes from our Lord and Savior.

I go into Chester County Prison to teach and counsel each and every week. I am teaching and showing the women how to allow the Lord to move in areas in their lives that they are afraid to surrender to our Lord and Savior. Some continued to run away, not facing the challenges, being afraid and not willing to embrace the blessings of the Lord. Now many have continued to be excited in what the Lord has for them. I am also trying to teach the women to be bold and gain blessings through times of difficulties, that through God they can overcome.

Joshua 1 :9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. ”

In my teachings and example to the women, I express how to know that He is sovereign over every aspect and in every situation of our lives and to trust in Him. One scripture I refer to is:

Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus ...

My prayer for the women in Chester County Prison, is they would lean on, trust and be confident in Him with all their hearts and minds. I continue to praise the Lord for all that He is doing and is going to do, in me and through me for the women at Chester County Prison.

Thank you for your continued prayers, support and for the opportunity to be in the Lord’s service at Chester County Prison. May our Lord continue to bless you and your families this holiday season.

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