Last Thursday night Jill Smith and I drove down the Gulf CI (where our husband's work) for the volunteer appreciation banquet.
Chaplain Stavenau does a great job of decorating simply but colorfully! :)
The food was as delicious as last year! Steak, cooked to perfection, baked potato, salad, rolls and dessert!
Just a few of the volunteers....
Chaplain Taylor from a neighboring prison was the speaker for the evening.
James Caswell (center) was awarded Volunteer of the Year by Warden Blackwood (left) and Chaplain Ring (right)
Dan, Warden Blackwood, Colonel Shaw, AWP Roddenberry, Major Brown, and Classification Supervisor, Mrs. McCollough waiting to thank the volunteers on their way out!
Chaplain & Mrs. David Smith
Chaplain and Mrs. Me! :)
The 4 chaplains that serve at Gulf Correctional Main Unit and Annex.
Chaplain Smith, Chaplain Stavenau, Chaplain Henry and Regional Chaplain Ring.
Each volunteer group took turns sharing a little about their ministry. My favorite was the Storybook Ministry. They take children's books into the prison. The inmates can chose a book and then the ministry will record them reading that story.They will then send that inmates child the book and the CD recording of their daddy reading the book, so they can listen to it whenever they want. I just think that is so awesome!!!
Props to those who are willing to minister in our prisons! Many people (sadly, Christians are not exempt) feel that inmates are the scum of the earth and don't deserve humane treatment! :( But that is so wrong. What better place to minister than to those who are down and lonely!!
Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’