Second Chance Ministries – March 28, 2016

I am writing this blog to ask for help in a venture that I am very passionate about.  Since being incarcerated, I have realized that the prison system is in some ways corrupt.  There is a huge lack of rehabilitation programs and mainly God in prison.  It has come to my attention that there is a lot of good in most of the inmates in prison.  I also believe that God can save anyone.

While I have been in here, I am trying to make a positive impact on people and to help them see their full potential.  Also by love, helping them to understand God’s love.  A lot of times conversations get deep, and I feel and understand why people are in prison.  This realization started with a self-examination of my life and for me to realize that I am no different than anyone in here.  Honestly, there are people that aren’t in here that struggle with demons.  Realizing how broken and lost I was, I began to be able to understand more fully other people’s problems.  I was able to allow their problems into my heart.

Also, being able to empathize with others has made me realize that everyone just wants to be loved, listened to, and cared about.  As I jump head first into prison ministry, for now I will do it in here, which is a great start.  However when I get out, I would like to start a Home for Felons who don’t have a place to live.

I would like this ministry to focus first on God.  That we will emphasize the importance of seeking first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.  To help born again Christians coming out of prison get back on their feet.  Rehabilitate, love and help them with our whole hearts.  Now I started to write a mission statement for this ministry, but I stopped.  I didn’t feel right just doing it by myself.  I know a lot of family, church members, and family friends read this blog.  So this is what I really need help with.  The goals and mission statement!  I need help writing them.

I am 100% serious about this mission.  If you could please email, comment on the blog or whatever you want to… to my Mom, that would be great.  I don’t think that God wants me to do this myself.  In fact, I know he doesn’t.  Let’s work together and start a movement to help create the world God wants it to be.  Thank you in advance!

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness then the other things will be yours as well.”

  • Matthew 6:33

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Last Hope – Mar. 10, 2016

“And there was a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.  She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.  For she said, ‘If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.’ And immediately the bleeding ceased; and she felt it in her body that she was healed of her disease.  And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, ‘Who touched my garments?’ and his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” and he looked around to see who had done it.  But the woman, knowing what had been done t her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease.” “

–Mark 5:25-34

I am currently reading a book about the healing miracles of Jesus.  The author’s views on this miracle touched me.  There is so much to this miracle that I could write pages about it.  However, I am going to just make some highlights.

First, this lady was very brave and you could say desperate.  To go out in public around all those people, brushing up against others was really against the law, especially if a woman had a discharge of blood for many days.  She had been bleeding for 12 years.  The law regarding this is in Leviticus 15: 25-27.  Here she was out in this massive crowd, making people unclean.  Then to top it all off, she touched Jesus’ clothes.  This brings me to my second point.  She was desperate.  It was her last hope.  She had been to every doctor and tried every remedy known to man at that time.  But nothing healed her disease.  She put everything she had into Jesus.

She put her whole faith… in him.  He was her last hope.  She realized that with him, she would be healed. Even if she just touched his garment.

However, my favorite part of this miracle was Jesus’ response, his words, his actions.  Right here, we see Jesus doing what he does best; attending to the human need.  He stops in the middle of this huge, massive crowd and talks to her.  There are many hundreds, maybe thousands of people trying to get his attention.  He turns around, blocks out the crowd, forgets about the law and focuses on the one woman.  He has a one-on-one moment with this woman and he says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

He doesn’t say much.  He doesn’t spend that much time with her, but what he does say is beautiful, loving and compassionate.  It was enough for her to be healed, happy, joyful, and at peace… to feel special.  It is what Jesus does.  He has compassion and cares about each one of his people.

The author tells about this girl who was studying how to play violin.  Well a famous violinist came to town to do a concert.  Her teacher played her some and she wanted so badly to go to this concert.  She went to go buy a ticket, but they were all sold out.  She ran into the violinist, and he was the one who told her they were sold out.  The girl was so upset.  The violinist told her that she could still hear him play.  She questioned him and reminded him that the tickets were gone, sold out.  He said, “sit”, and went and grabbed his violin and played his whole concert to her.  This guy’s whole goal in life was to use his gift to make people happy; even if it meant doing a whole concert for one person.  Wow!  Just imagine if we had the same mindset.  I challenge you to give yourself up to that one person that calls you to talk, or to listen or to be a friend to someone who needs it.  I challenge you to take time out of your busy day to attend to their need as Jesus would have.  You never know what 30 seconds or 5 minutes or even an hour can do for a person whose last hope might be …. You.  J

Horticulture Class Update – Feb 28, 2016

I hope everyone is doing well.  I have not updated you on my Horticulture Class since the first day.  Haha.  I love Horticulture class.  It is so fun and interesting.  In the morning, Monday – Thursday we have a lecture / class, and in the afternoon, we go out to our big greenhouse.  I love going to the greenhouse.  It is so therapeutic.  I have about 300 plants that I take care of.  I planted some Petunia seeds in the middle of January and now I have about 120 Petunia plants.  They are for the Spring Flower Sale.  I also have two trays of Begonias that we got from another plant by clipping pieces off and planting them.  It is a form of propagation (breeding plants).  So I have 72 of those.  They are looking great.  I also have about 50 Snake Plants.  They are just cuttings right now.  We cut up one of the plants and made more.  🙂

I also have some Holly cuttings as well.  I took a grassy-looking houseplant and separated it, divided it to come up with 11 plants.  They are doing so well.  I also have 8 Strawberry plants.  One of them has 4 Strawberries!  Yum!  I also have 15 Cacti and 2 Tomato plants.

We are about to start our vegetable garden. We are going to plant Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Arugula, Spinach, Broccoli, Leafy Lettuce, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Radishes, Squash, Onions, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Crème de Menthe Melon, Green Beans and Tomatoes.  We have about 60 Tomato Plants.  I am planting Beets and Onions in my row. I have been adding compost and turning the dirt so far.  It looks great! I can’t wait. I will also be planting some Browalia (purple flower, annual) for our Spring Flower sale, and Vinca and Mimulus (yellow flower or monkey flower) in the next month.  So far, in the greenhouse, I have learned about Pest Management,  and Propagating and Basic Greenhouse Maintenance (weeding, cleaning, watering, etc.)  I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am also working on m own little project.  It is called “Second Chance Acres”.  It is a Dry Bean Farm, Hummus production, low income housing, Rehabilitation and a Community Garden for ex-cons.  It will be a non-profit organization to help felons get their lives together.  I am doing some intense research and planning!  Not only will we provide Rehab, but also Christian activities, services and community meals and programs.  The Rehab part will be modeled after the Circle of Hope program in Canada.  I will keep you all updated on Horticulture and “Second Chance Acres.”