Unlocking the Gospel Fundraiser

Clemmons Moravian Church hosted the Friends of Moravian Prison Ministry’s annual Unlocking the Gospel fundraising dinner on Saturday, May 18. Guests enjoyed an evening of food, fellowship, and a performance by the Cherry Street Prison Choir.

Are you considering a fundraiser at your own church? Please contact us at fmprisonministry@gmail.com or jone@forsythjpm.org.

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Chaplain Jeff Carter's First Prison Message

This past Sunday evening, March 17, I was scheduled to give my first full message at the prison. Instead the Master showed up and took over the service. The chapel was packed to standing room where we had to get folding chairs for men to sit in. The Cherry Street Choir was anointed by God and brought us in His presence in a wonderful way. I believe God is moving on men at Forsyth Correctional Center in a genuine and dynamic way. We had church!

You just don't know what small things mean to people, especially to these guys who are incarcerated. After the service, volunteers, staff and the men gathered down stairs for some fellowship with drinks and snacks. While walking around and speaking to inmates, one man shared with me that his first day at the prison was December 21 when I was scheduled to preach. Unfortunately, I had a car accident on the way there, and my car was totaled. I felt fine (which was a miracle in itself) and went on to the prison to join the inmates for the Christmas celebration. This particular inmate said he was blessed by the fact that I had showed up after being involved in an accident. He and another inmate proceeded to tell how oftentimes at other facilities they would wait for the chaplain or preacher, but he never would show up. Therefore it would be just the handful of inmates sitting around waiting for a chaplain who never showed. This particular inmate shared when I arrived to the Christmas worship after my accident, he knew God had him here for a reason. Amazing how my presence after that accident showed these guys that God cares!

Second Annual Boldly and Beautifully Made Fundraiser

The Friends of Moravian Prison Ministry will be holding their second annual Boldly and Beautifully Made Fundraiser on Friday, October 26, at Hampton House Art & Framing.

$25 General Admission / $50 VIP

All ticket holders enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and a silent auction.
VIP ticket holders will receive a piece of pottery made with the help of inmates and raku-fired onsite.

TICKETS
336-416-5801 or fmprisonministry@gmail.com

"Some of God's greatest treasures are locked up." Mike Long, Mizpah Moravian

It has been close to 18 years since I attended by first service at the Cherry Street Chapel. I accompanied two members from my church that were Gideons. From that point on, my life would never be the same. While there, I heard these words, “You will never know who Jesus Christ is till Jesus Christ is all you have.” In spiritual terms, two different men may say almost identical words, but the power lies not merely in what they say but in who they are. I knew within my spirit those words were true and my brother had something that was real. I have continued being a part of the Prison Ministries since I heard those words. For the last 10 years, I have had the privilege to serve on Saturday morning at the Danbury Jail in Stokes County through the Gideons. We go to each cell and hand out Bibles, and I encourage inmates with those words, “You will never know who Jesus Christ is till Jesus Christ is all you have.” Some of God’s greatest treasures are locked up. In our prisons and jails are brothers and sisters who have almost been destroyed by the enemy but now have the potential to be used to bring forth glory to God. “And we know all things work together for good those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) I have never been in prison and God has blessed me with many possessions. I have spent many years wondering how I can understand Christ in the same way when I’m on the other side of the prison bars. The truth is all of us are in the prison of sin. Our Lord doesn’t need our possessions. He asks for our lives good or bad. The key that unlocks all cells is death of self. A faith that proves itself by what we lose for Him, namely ourselves. “Then Jesus said to them all: If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and lose or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Glory and the Glory of the Father and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:23-26). As I reflect on being a part of the prison ministry and how I have been blessed, I have always wondered who needs the other the most — those on the outside or inside? The truth is we need each other. The Lord has given us more than 58 “one another” verses in the Bible. When we serve others, we will find our Lord there and the next move of His Spirit. 

Mike Long
Mizpah Moravian Church

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep."

Inmates at the Forsyth Correctional Center, under the direction of Sgt. Tom Kennedy, tended a garden this summer and sent fresh produce to Sunnyside Ministry of the Moravian Church. Stan, an inmate, volunteered at the garden in the evenings. "I never knew how to grow a garden before I came to prison," Stan says. "I like to learn how to do things, and I feel good that the food we are growing will go to somebody who needs it. It's a way that I can give back."

Sgt. Kennedy believes they delivered about 3,000 lbs. of garden-fresh produce from the garden to Sunnyside this summer. The garden included tomatoes, squash, zucchini, corn, red onions, cucumbers, and okra.

Training Opportunity

Home Moravian Church is now one of fifty churches that render regularly scheduled worship services at the jail. The Reverend Ginny Tobiassen and eleven congregants completed the mandatory training and background checks required in order to lead services at the Forsyth County Jail. For information about training, please contact Jone Reid at jone@forsythjpm.org.