Volume 2, Issue 13: April 12, 2017

When Lent began Taylor Duncan told us about 40ACTS – if you signed up you received
a blog each day during Lent suggesting an “ACT” one might do for that day. One that
particularly caught my eye was #5 titled “Captive.”

It was written by Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester and Bishop to Prisons in
England and Wales. Below is a portion of the blog---

Prisoners do wrong, right? Why should they deserve our giving, our attention, our
kindness? Prisoners are easy to forget about when it comes to generosity, and we don’t
seem to mind that much. And yet Jesus flips that notion on the head, with His command
to love our neighbors and, more specifically, to love captives. Our giving can have huge
ramifications here. Just one area? In the UK, one child in 15 will experience a parent
being imprisoned, with the implications felt for years after.

I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison
and you came to visit me.
— Matthew 25:36

Jesus tells us that when we visit those in prison we visit Him. Prison Hope is helping to
create ‘porous walls’ in prisons so that followers of Jesus who meet inside and outside
prison can make more connections and stronger links with each other. Most of us will
never go inside a prison, but we can all pray for those impacted by crime. Some of us
may want to do more that pray—perhaps write to a prisoner, give gifts for prisoners’
children at Christmas, or volunteer with organizations working with families of those in
prison or with people coming out of prison.

I am both encouraged and challenged by my visits to people in prison but always
reminded that I am visiting Jesus.

We were then encouraged to find a way to take seriously Jesus’ words in Matthew 25 and
a way has presented itself—

On Avenue J in east Fort Worth Volunteers of American has a Residential Re-Entry
Center. Prisoners who have good behavior may be sent there to finish out their sentence.
They must get a job and they are required to live in the center. The Director asked if we
would be willing to come lead a service on Easter Sunday at 9:00 AM and then provide a
Continental Breakfast for the men living there. Come join us—

Volunteers of America Residential Re-Entry Center
2710 Avenue J
We expect about 20 people

Lenten Tuesdays
Join us on Tuesdays at 7:00 at the home of Taylor and Bobby Duncan for a Discipleship Study.

Our schedule:
April 18-Stewardship, CFJ

Easter Sunday, April 16th, this Sunday Bread will begin meeting at 10:30 AM on Sunday
mornings. We will still be gathering at Arts 5th Avenue.
Come join us and bring a friend.