A MESSAGE OF HOPE
July 10, 2006
My wheel-chariot and I have traveled many miles within prison walls in the states of Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Texas, California, Oregon, and Washington during the past twenty-eight years. Within these prisons, bible classes have been organized and taught, musical and inspirational concerts presented, prison choirs organized, trained, and prepared for concerts presented to fellow inmates and families.
God has used me to touch literally thousands of lives within these prisons. Many of these men have responded, and we have baptized close to three hundred men and women during the past ten years.
Please permit me to share a little of my history: One year after my graduation from Abilene Christian University, I lost the use of my legs and most of my body to polio. Doctors told me that I would never walk, nor sing again. In spit of these handicaps, God gave me the stamina, perseverance, and opportunity, to complete my Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance at the University of Oregon in 1965. During the following years I taught choir, private voice lessons, and music theory in junior colleges, middle schools, high schools and church camps. Two of my greatest honors were: 1. Singing the bass solos in Handel's Messiah with the Portland Symphonic Choir and Orchestra in Portland, Oregon, and 2. Singing the bass solos in Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Eastman School of Music in New York.
Over the years, God has put into my heart Christ's words: "I was hungry and you gave me food... I was cold and without clothing, and you warmed me and gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you gave me medical help. I was in prison, and you came to me and helped me with my needs. I was thirsty, and you gave me good water to drink. Enter into my Heavenly home." (Paraphrased, Matthew 25:34-41)
In 1978 I began a prison out-reach ministry. In 1997, upon the Doctor's diagnoses of Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, I was told I had a life-expectancy of ten years. My perseverance kicked in. (My sister calls it stubbornness.) I could not stop! God had given me the opportunity of a life-time. Too many lives were, and are, being changed.
With every opportunity comes challenges! The above-mentioned are mine. Yet, my health is good, perhaps better than it was two years ago. God continues to bless me in many ways.
My income base is social security. This is not enough income to cover my cost of living and the prison out-reach expenses. I pray that God will touch your heart to help me in prayer, and monetarily, so that together we can continue to reach the lost. It is, indeed, a blessing to be able to take the message of hope and Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to these men and women who have no hope within themselves.
Many of the inmates have told me repeatedly that my coming in to them, my style of teaching, and the way I related to them has completely changed their lives and their walk with God.
To God be the glory and honor for ever and ever!
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