This is our awesome friend Lori Smith and she is a big part of Abundant Joy.
She along with Lee and myself went to death row today as we do every month we had awesome services but some very special happened this time and I can't wait to share it.
Lori is totally blind and has been for several years but its never stopped her from ministering and she's been ministering with us for over five years and she is always upbeat and happy but about five weeks ago her 31 year old son died of a massive heart attack and as you can imagine she was devastated and she cancelled coming to death row to stay home and be with her loved ones.
We went and did the ministry at death row and we asked them to pray for Lori and her family.
Fast forward to the ministry today one of the guys asked me to come and talk to him at his cell ,when I did he to me he had a sympathy card for Lori and the awesome part about that is he got the officers to take it around the row and almost 20 of these men that a lot of people have given up on wrote beautiful sympathy notes all over that card WOW!
We can't take anything out but I got it from him and surprised Lori during the service and read the card and all the notes to Lori she sat with tears running down her face it was a beautiful moment in a place that beautiful things don't happen much.
So before we write people off and I'm well aware that they committed awful crimes and without Divine intervention they will be put to death. But God has great mercy on all of us and he calls us to show that mercy to EVERYONE and God loves us and because of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross gives all the right to all that repent to be saved and set free.
But men who are considered dead in this world gave a beautiful hurting blind lady so much joy and love after hearing this how can anybody say God doesn't work in mysterious ways ,praise the Lord!!!
Then Tuesday Lee and I headed out at 8am for Death Row at Leiber Corr down by Charleston SC Lee led worship and spoke a powerful message about God's undying love no matter what we've done his love is unchanging, then we were able to go cell to cell and lay hands on and pray for these men.
Then we drove to Columbia for a service at Kirkland corr. Once again awesome time in the Lord I'm always amazed at the love and power of God and just how much he wants to set the captives free. We had one saved and fourteen calling out to God for forgiveness of sin that they had let penetrate their Life beautiful moment.
This morning we left out at five am to head to Charlotte to be with a fellow minister but more than that Jim and Joy are close personal friends for years. God blessed and touched my brother instead of six to eight hours the surgery lasted only four and the doctors said things went super good Praise God.
And finally tonight we went to a funeral service for Scotty Smith he's the youngest son of Lori Smith and friend and member of our team once again God showed his wonderful Grace and Mercy three friends of Scotty received Jesus as their Savior and Lord!
We are free tomorrow and then we will be at Lincolnton corr. Fri.and sat. Then Sunday morning we will be at Swannanoa corr. Center for women we ask for your continued prayers that God would protect us as we travel but most of all that lives will be changed and people set free in Jesus, Thanks.
We would appreciate your prayers because Abundant Joy and Restoration House Ministries are once again partnering together and headed back to Oklahoma October 15th through the 25th 2013. We are also partnering with Hope Church in Oklahoma City to help with clean up and to begin to help with the rebuilding in certain areas. They are currently working in the area of Shawnee and right now this would be our area.
My hope is to take 4 guys from Restoration House again. In order to accomplish this we are in need of $3,000.00, $300.00 per person, this will enable 10 people to go for 10 days and includes food and lodging while there. It will take us 2 days to get there and we will need to stay at a hotel on the way there and back, this is also included plus gas. We would request that those who go with us provide their own meals on the way there and back.
Any moneys that are raised over the $3,000.00 would be given to the ministry in Oklahoma to help families in need.
I believe this is an opportunity for some of the guys at Restoration House to give to those in need. I know that when we went to Alabama a few years ago it made a difference in their lives and I hope that it will do the same for the guys and others who would like to go.
I ask that you would consider helping us in the effort to help those in need. Again we appreciate your prayers as the Lord leads us and provides. Thank you in advance for your prayers and your help.
Reverend Perry Shaw
Pastor Lee Gant