A couple of years ago,a local newspaper did a story about me and my ministry.I go to several local jails
to preach the gospel.One of the local police cheifs that I deal with,contacted the newspaper because he thought
that it was a good thing, and that he had seen how the prisoners that were saved had changed so much(all glory to God!!)
I was very apprehensive about doing it because I dont trust the media when it comes to telling the truth about the gospel.
The other reason the cheif thought it was a good story is that I have a dissabeling disease called Dysautonomia.
I reluctantly agreed to the interview because I looked at it as an oportuntity to spread the gospel.The day of the interview came and I met with the reporter.The reporter was very nice and cordial.I explained my ministry and what I preach,that men are sinners and that there is salvation for anyone who would repent and trust Jesus as the Saviour.The interview was printed in the next weeks news paper.To my dismay,the part about the gospel was left out.The article was a positive one,explaining that I preach in jails,but the very reason I did it was to proclaim the gospel and it was left out.I was very distraught and dissapointed.
The next day I went to the jail that started the story.Some people had called the station wanting to talk to that preacher who goes soul-winning in jails.The city workers passed along the phone numbers to me.That night I called a lady who had a son in another local jail.She aked me to go talk with him.I had plans for the next day,but I cancelled them,God was obviuosly at work.Her son was into some occultic things and he was mad at God because of the pain and death in the world.I talked to him a whlie,he was convicted of his sin and recieved Christ as his Saviour!My disappointment in the article was done away with.God was using the article for His purposes the whole time!What a mighty God we serve.
God taught me a lesson that day.The prison ministry can sometimes be difficlut.I have been spit at,cursed at,had my wife and child threatened among other things,it can be dishartening.Never the less,God taught me through this experiance that I should never give up in sharing the gospel.Even when things look dim,He is still working in hearts to save souls.I also learned that I should always trust in His Word and his love to convert even the vilest of sinners,for He saved me and I am sinner myself.If he can save me and change me,He can do it for anyone.