While in Lansing Correctional Facility I found God. After accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I had 2.5 years to walk down. My release date was December 3, 2009. As you may already know God isn’t to popular in the prison system. Despite the fact, I was filled with joy unspeakable and eager to serve the Lord to the fullest.
As God was shaping me, molding me, and teaching me how to pray I began to feel His presence in a greater way. One night after lock-down my heart was truly unsettled. I said, Lord, up to this point you have answered all of my prayers, however, something is still missing, what is it you want me to do. I closed my eyes while pondering how God has changed my life up to this point.
As the sprinkling of rain transforms into a heavy down-pour, a silence overcame the entire cell-house. When it gets quiet like this, it means something is about to happen. I listened carefully, and then I heard a voice utter these words. Just ask him and that was it,back to business as usual. It was almost like it didn’t happen.
I said this to myself at that moment, I feel like he was talking to me. I fell to my knees by my bunk, clasped my hands together, closed my eyes, and bowed my head in humility. I said thank you for your Son Jesus Christ who shed his blood on the cross for all of our sins. Thank you for your grace, mercy, forgiveness, and the free gift of eternal life. I come before you with a repentant heart and I ask what is that you want me to do?
I knew my words became manifest, and our loving God heard them. Now I just had to be patient, keep my eyes upon Jesus, and listen for His voice. Within a month, ten people spoke these words to me in casual conversation. You are a great motivational/inspirational speaker bro, you have a wonderful gift. A ministry? I couldn’t believe it at first, not only was I in awe, I was completely dumbfounded. Without doubt my prayer was answered and I knew it was God.
Wow! Was I excited! When I got back to my cell I began to pray immediately. I asked God what would the name be? That night in the chapel I was telling a buddy of mine about this ministry God had called me to do. As we were listening to the volunteer speaker he handed me a small piece of paper. I opened it up, penned in blue ink were these words. S.P.I.R.I.T Ministries Inspired by; God.
S.P.I.R.I.T is actually an acronym. Success, Perseverance, Inspiration, Recovery, Influence, and Transformation(etc.) empowered by the Godhead three in one. Inspired by; God meaning His Divine Word giving Him all glory.
After this was revealed I began to pray fervently, earnestly, and ceaselessly seeking His will in this ministry. How great is our God? People began to come to me on the yard while I was working out, in the chow hall, in the cell-house, it didn’t matter friends they had questions and they wanted answers. I would pray, ask God for the Words, and because He is always faithful I was blessed.
After my release I went to live with my oldest sister, MeMe and her husband in Ottawa, KS. I continued to pray and seek God in my life in all things by faith. He spoke to me and told me to start a group so I did that. Then I said Father, I know nothing about computers. Amazingly enough, He said son I know, it’s taken care of. I met a guy in a group I attended in Lawrence, KS who is a good friend of mine and a computer wizard. He set this up, showed me how to get to this page and I just pen the words. Believe it or not, my computer skills have improved over the 2.5 years I have been writing these posts.
Matthew 6:33 says; Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
Hallelujah! Not only am I praying earnestly, I am asking you to pray for me as well in regards of this ministry. I give God all glory, honor, and praise. Thank you all and have a wonderful day!