If Val’s report doesn’t bless you………your blesser is broke.
Dear Co-Laborers for Christ:
Thank you for your consistent, dedicated distribution of the Gospel of Christ to people outside the church walls. Line upon line and precept upon precept. We Care Ministries purposefully and carefully spreads the Word of God in long-term care facilities and prisons throughout the Anchorage Bowl. This month I rejoice and praise the Lord with each of you as two particular ministry goals have been met: 1) a weekly presence in four of our five facilities 2) Communion offered in all three long term care facilities.
A Weekly Presence in Four of our Five Facilities
I’m excited about the opportunities to share weekly the Word of God in four of our five facilities. We started two new services in the Mary Conrad Center which allows us to meet the goal of a consistent weekly presence in that building. We currently disseminate the Word of God weekly in the Hiland Correctional Facility through Sunday services and Bible studies. Representatives of We Care Ministries provide weekly Bible studies at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. We provide two services weekly in the Pioneer Home. As mentioned before, for the first time, we now provide weekly services at the Mary Conrad Center with services on the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month and services on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
Communion Served in All Three Long-Term Care Facilities
With the addition of the monthly communion service at Providence Extended Care, we now offer communion in all three of the major long term care facilities in our city—Pioneer Home, Mary Conrad Center, and Providence Extended Care. Providence Extended Care previously provided communion only for its Catholic residence. Our current distribution of the sacraments monthly answers a prayer God placed in my heart two years ago.
Continued Prayer for Deaf Outreach Opportunities and Men’s Prison Ministries
In addition to praying for steadfast ministry in all the above facilities, I have two other areas needing continued prayer. For about a year and a half I’ve been praying for ministry to the deaf in our community. I’d like to see God restore outreach through our church to this community of believers. Please pray for God’s direction in this area.
In addition, Sam Humphreys is assisting our men’s prison ministry by providing two Wednesday night trainings for the “Awareness and Orientation of Religious Volunteers Desiring to Serve Inside Alaska Prisons and Jails.” Rev. Humphreys is the facility Chaplain for the Anchorage Correctional Complex. He completed his Masters Degree in Organization Leadership from Azuza Pacific University. His Master’s Thesis deals with the training of religious volunteers in the Alaska prisons. His input and expertise would benefit all potential volunteers. Send prison ministry workers his way for training.