Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Fathers Heart Ministries Volunteer Picnic

From Jim:

We will be having a picnic on Saturday the 31st of July for our volunteers and their families at Frank Lisk Park in Concord, NC.

The Father's Heart will be providing the hamburgers, and hot dogs, along with the buns for the day. We will also provide the ice, paper plates and drink cups for your use.

Please come and bring your families, we have 2 shelters reserved for the day. There are tennis courts, volleyball courts, horse shoe courts, etc. available for our use for the day as well.

Please come, bring a side dish and/or a desert and your favorite drink to share.

This will be an opportunity to get to know and fellowship with the other volunteers as well as those you minister with on a regular basis. You will also be able to meet other ministry leaders who would love to meet you as well. We are also planning on inviting the Chaplains from the area to come and fellowship with us.

The shelters we have reserved are Wildlife and Vulcan and they are near the tennis courts. We have them for the whole day and we will start cooking around 11:00 so as to be ready to eat around 12:00.

Please come and be a part of something that will bless you and us as we break bread together and share in fun and games for all.

Please call us at the office for directions, details, and to confirm at 704-786-4511

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guatemala 2010

From Jim:

Since 2003 we have been going to Guatemala two to three times each year to do missions.

These trips have resulted in more salvations than we can count. There have been healings, deliverances, and lives recommitted to Jesus. We have built new relationships with the pastors and people in the local churches in Guatemala, Jalapa, Chiquimula, Chimaltenalgo, and other cities and villages as well.

We have a church plant in Guatemala with a local pastor who loves Jesus and truly has a pastor's heart. He even goes with us to minister in other cities to help evangelize the local people.

We have watched God move in ways that can not be put in type, more times than we can remember.

Last year because of the cancer battle I went through we were unable to take any teams to the mission field but we are now planning our next trip for October of this year.

Our plans are to visit Guatemala city to minister in a youth conference where the last time we were there, we watched God not only train up, but mightily use them to bring about change in their community.

We are then planning on visiting Jalapa to train up pastors who will be brought in from far reaching villages that we could not reach in a short term mission trip. We will do this by bringing them in by bus, 4X4, or any means of transportation that will bring them into the city where we will set up a pastors conference in a local venue for the teaching sessions.

To close out our trip, we plan to visit Chiquimula where we will evangelize, this place is the least evangelized area of all Guatemala where there are only 2% Christian.

This trip is planned for October 14th through the 25th and is currently open for new team members. This trip will be life changing for those who have never been and will excite those who already have.

If you are interested in joining us, or contributing to the trip, please call us at our office or email us to let us know. Contact information below.

The Father's Heart Ministries
Office phone 704-786-4511
email: prisonpreacher@tfhpm.org


From Jim:

Since my battle last year with cancer I have been dealing with "what the doctors call" permanent nerve damage in my hands, arms, and feet so it is sometimes very hard to type. Also I have been somewhat busy as well. There is my excuse for not filling you in on the last couple of services poor as it may be. Today is not so bad so here we go:

Camile Griffith Graham, Saturday the 12th:
I was privileged to lead the team for Tamara with Denea, Lee, Joy, Perry and Dolly to minister to the women.

Joy was our MC for the night and opened with prayer.

Lee ministered in praise and Worship which got the ladies excited about what was to come for the evening. Lee also ministered with encouragement and testimony.

Dolly shared about her troubled relationship with her step father and left the ladies in tears as they dealt with their own issues of unforgiveness.

Denea came up to minister in worship before Perry spoke and was led to share a little about her family heritage before singing, she also had the ladies in tears, both from her testimony as well as her leading us in worship.

Perry then spoke to the women about "Are you a committed christian"? The ladies who attended the service were definitely changed as was the team.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Stonewall Jackson YDC

From Kevin:

Tonight (Thursday)at Stonewall Jackson I shared with the guys about how God will never leave us or forsake us. I shared with them what happened to me Monday when I went to the doctor. My doctor told me that he had prayed for me by name at exactly 11:20 the night before and that God told him, "Don't worry about Kevin, he's OK now." What he didn't know is that I had been struggling with getting into God's presence for quite some time and that all that had changed on Sunday when I went to church. Needless to say we had a mini-camp meeting right there in the examining room! I used to show them that no matter what they are going through or will go through, that God will always be there and they are not forgotten! Oh yeah, Don never got to say anything!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cabarrus Correctional Center

From Jim:

Last night we met at Mt. Pleasant (Cabarrus Correctional Center) for one of our regularly scheduled services at this camp.

We had a short team last night but Joe came and led us into the Throne room (along with a couple of the units band members) with worship and praise to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. this was Joe's first time with us in several years, in the past he went with us into the youth facilities and I am sure this was a bit different for him but he did a great job, Thanks Joe, we hope you will continue to come with us, it was a joy to serve with you.

Phillip then brought the Word of God to the men speaking about our love being made perfect and "because as He is, so are we in this world".

We had one man come forward to receive Christ as his Savior and Lord, this made the night exceptional for all of us.

Tabor City Correctional Inst. 5/30/210

From Jim:

Sunday morning we got into the van at 8:45 in the morning for the long drive to Tabor City, NC where we were able to do our first morning (actually afternoon) service at this facility, normally we go into this unit in the evenings.

Martha, Denea, and Rev. Lee along with my wife Joy, and I enjoyed a great time of fellowship on the drive down. This sometimes is the highlight of our out of town trips since we get to spend time with our ministry family that we usually do not get too much time with otherwise.

We arrived at the unit around 1:00 in the afternoon and were treated like royalty by the staff, this is not usual at a lot of the places we go, so it is refreshing to be received so well by staff. The officer in charge of us seemed to have a good time with us as well.

Service started with Lee opening with prayer after which she introduced Martha. Those who know Martha know she has a way of getting the crowd excited with her singing praises and worship.

Denea followed her with her own style of worship that the men have received so well, she walks in an awesome anointing to lead the men into the presence of our God and Savior.

Lee then sang a couple of songs, one of which I requested. It sings of the names of God and what they mean. Lee sang this song a couple of weeks back during our service at Mt. Pleasant and God healed my torn rotor cuff in my left arm that has been hurting for over 4 years. This song is kind of special to me because of that healing.

I then had a chance to bring the word to the men about what happens when you truly make Jesus Lord over all of your life.

What made this extra special was after the service the officer in charge came over and shook my hand and thanked me (and the team) for coming. Most of the time the officers can not show their support because they can not show emotion and or what seems like weakness around the men for obvious reasons.

All in all, this was an extra special time of worship for all of us, both the inmates as well as our team.

The drive home seemed to go really fast after this time with the men and with Jesus. We spent over 8 hours on the road and an hour and a half in service and yet it seemed like just a couple of hours to me.

Thank you so much to those who send us, it means more than you can know to us that you still send us during this time of recession when so many have had to stop giving for one reason or another. Things have been really tight, yet there seems to be just enough when we need it because of you. Thank you again, Jim