For the FBNO team who finally made it to the women’s prison last Friday, the 12-hour mission trip was well worth the effort they made to be away from work and home for a day.
WE GO TO ENCOURAGE
We spent the morning coaching the women in the prison’s seminary program through their spiritual gift assessments. Many offenders can’t see past the crimes that landed them in prison to the new creation they are in Christ. One inmate insisted she could only ever be a murderer. Then, by the end of the morning, she said, with a tiny glimmer of hope in her eyes, “I think I may be a servant.”
WE GO TO SERVE
This summer, each student has mentored a fellow inmate. We hosted an afternoon event for them and their mentees. We shared testimonies of how God has worked all things together to make us fit for serving him. Several of the inmates shared that being sent to prison had saved their lives, led them to Jesus, and given them a purpose. We closed with a prayer time together with our team, the students, and their mentees about the kingdom work God has for them.
WE GO TO LEARN
We learned much from the students as they encouraged each other in using their gifts—even when it’s difficult. One of our team members had an “aha” moment as she realized that the gift God gave her also gives her a responsibility to do the work he’s prepared for her.
When we go on mission, we gain new understanding of God and his ways and we develop new and deeper friendships with those we serve and those we work alongside. It’s a blessing! Find out how you can GO at the Ministry Fair on August 25 in the Missions area. You won’t regret it.