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  • Prison Ministry update

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    John Hemans

     

    Last Sunday, 24th May my wife Kerry and I ministered at one of the women’s prisons in western Sydney. In the leadup Kerry had a powerful impression that she should share her testimony with the girls, and in particular how God had healed her from rheumathoid arthritis and brought restoration to her relationship with our daughter Kim.

    We minister together, so I also needed to prepare, but a hectic work schedule found me on Saturday morning wondering at the last minute what to share on, and what God wanted to do – I was in the driveway of our house cleaning up my bike, thinking about the following day’s upcoming ministry, and it started to rain. I was preparing to carry the bike back into the garage, when I felt the Lord say to me “Turn around”.

    I turned around and saw a beautiful rainbow right across the sky, and heard the Lord say to me “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. When I shared this later with Kerry she was amazed as that scripture was an integral part of what God had put on her heart to share in the prison the following day!

    We went to the prison on Sunday morning and ministered in back-to-back chapel services, ministering in worship, and in our testimonies.

    We both used that scripture to share from, and God moved in a powerful way, ministering in healing hearts broken from the isolation and strain on family relationships suffered by the women as a result of their incarceration.

    One young woman gave her life to Jesus for the first time, and generally it was a fantastic day.