Archive | Prayer & Praise

For Those Who Run the Prisons

Lord, we lift up those who work daily to maintain order and peace within the prison walls. Those who wear a uniform and are called to do a difficult job in uncomfortable circumstances. Men and women who must always maintain their calm and treat people fairly, even if they are not being treated fairly themselves. […]

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Prayer for Reconciliation

Jesus came to reconcile us to God, and through that process, reconcile us with one another. All of us have strained relationships from time to time. Thankfully, most of us can pick up the phone, send an email, or invite the person we’re struggle with to share a meal with us so we can work […]

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Illness in Prison

One of the housing units at Handlon Correctional Facility is under quarantine due to illness. Many of the brothers who worship with Celebration Fellowship come from this particular unit. Please pray for our brothers to be healed and protected from illness.

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Prayer for Thanksgiving

We thank the LORD for his abundant provision to the church behind bars. Thank you, LORD, for opening the doors for us to worship with our brothers behind bars. Thank you for leadership on the inside that cares for the body. Thank you volunteers who love to spend time in fellowship with those inside. Please […]

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Leadership Selection

This month we will begin the process of selecting new leaders from the inside congregation to help lead the church. We’ve recently approved a new selection process that caters to the needs of the congregation. Please pray that we find leaders who: 1. Are mature Christians who have the best needs of the church as […]

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Quarentine

Handlon is once again under quarantine. Apparently there are seven men sick right now. Hopefully the administration gets ahead of the problem and it doesn’t spread. If they have, then hopefully we will have service on Monday evening. As thing are right now, I cannot go inside today for pastoral care, TLT training, or the […]

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Leadership Selection

Our Handlon congregation is currently in the midst of interviewing new potential leadership team members. The leadership team is responsible for caring for God’s people behind the walls, assisting, in worship, and helping the outside leadership teams discern where the church is and where the Lord would have it go. Brothers on the leadership team […]

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Living in the Heat

Many of us take air conditioning for granted during the hot summer nights. Air conditioning is a rare treat behind bars. We lift up our brothers who are dealing with the current heat and humidity in Ionia. We especially remember those who are elderly, that they will stay hydrated and healthy through the heat wave. […]

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Returning Citizens

Reentry is overwhelming. The world changes dramatically in five, or ten, or thirty years, and when men leave prison they are thrust into a world they don’t know. They go from being in an environment where every move is watched and expectations are clear to an environment where the rules are not so clear and expectations are […]

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Trusting in God Through Change

Many changes are happening in the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). Warden Ken McKee of Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility (IBC) has been promoted to Assistant Director of MDOC. We will miss the professionalism of Warden McKee and his vision for programming at IBC. Warden Tony Trierweiler has taken over the helm of IBC and we look […]

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