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Re: A Gift and the Gospel - Blog Contest #5 is Open

Postby kavod333 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:57 am

Bound on Earth, Bound to Heaven
by: Haydee Emilou Ilagan


I was awakened by the tumultuous voice of my brother one Monday morning when he said that our dad was arrested by the police. He did not kill anybody nor committed any criminal offense. It was the ongoing business cases filed against his company.

For the next days and weeks, I caught myself crying and wallowing in a sea of misery and depression. No amount of prayer and counsel took away the pain in my heart. I felt confused, afraid, crushed, abandoned, and unprotected. I could not imagine how Papa can survive standing in the city jail for many weeks and crushed by the bodies of fellow prisoners. He could not even go to the restroom when he needs to and change his sweat-soaked shirt.

Prior to that, my dad used to take me to the National Penitentiary for many years. We signed a waiver before entering the Maximum Security Compound just in case something happens. One full day for every week, our prison ministry team visited and ministered to them.

My friends said I am crazy going there with no assurance of protection whatsoever once someone throws a fit or our lives become endangered because of the environment. Perhaps.

I will never forget the day my dad asked me to preach about God's goodness to them. I saw the tears in their eyes and the pain in their faces. I had no power to do something concrete like getting them out of jail but by just being there to listen to them, pray for them, feed them, clothe them, throw them Christmas parties, give them hope and share Jesus to them makes all the difference.

James 1:27 echoes this: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

I saw many wives, children, and relatives visiting their incarcerated husbands, fathers and loved ones. They had the same facial expressions and the same story of loss, lack, and fatherlessness.

The same story unfolds for every country, race or generation where a father or mother was sentenced to jail. Indefinite separation from parents sets the stage for them to lack guidance and parenting thereby making them prone to a host of emotional trauma, abuse, rejection, and neglect. Couple these with the propensity to engage in illegal activities and addictions to drugs, pornography, sex, gambling, among others.

But, there's good news. After serving time in prison, President Richard Nixon's “hatchet man” Charles Colson was empowered and anointed by God to impact the lives of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families through the establishment of Prison Fellowship in 1976. This non-profit ministry aims for the redemption, reconciliation, and restoration of prisoners and their families through the love, power and gospel of Jesus Christ.

Eventually in 1982, ex-bank robber and prisoner Mary Kay Beard founded Angel Tree in Birmingham, Alabama to help Prison Fellowship prisoners connect with their families especially children during Christmas. The idea is to allow a sponsor to give a Christmas gift to a child under the name of his own incarcerated parent. In its first year, 556 children were given and to date about 9 million children and 5.2 million inmate parents were ministered to.

There are now 1.7 million children who have one or both parents in prison.

You can change lives and make a difference right NOW.

Click Angel Tree to know more details and how you and your church can partner with them.

Imagine what your Christmas gift and prayer can do to one of these kids.


Author: Haydee Emilou Ilagan
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http://www.faithwriters.com/article-det ... ?id=154458

http://haydeeilagan.wordpress.com/artic ... ae8b77f4e5
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Re: A Gift and the Gospel - Blog Contest #5 is Open

Postby kavod333 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:00 am

Mike,

My wordpress link should be--

http://haydeeilagan.wordpress.com/articles/

Thank you.
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Re: A Gift and the Gospel - Blog Contest #5 is Open

Postby mikeedwards » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:21 am

Contest Deadline is Here.

Thanks you everyone for entering. I am assuming it will take about one week to have our winners so please be patient again.This is what we all get for praying for patience. :D Chandler over at the DeMoss group is very excited about the entries.

Take note that in January we will have a super easy way to enter the contest with no link building required unless you want to. We will be providing you a tag line with links built in to attach to the bottom of your article. So please enter. We have some great ones coming up this next year. If you want to practice in December make a submission for the Invitation to accept Jesus blog contest and post it under that topic in the forums and 2 other places. Santa may give the best one of those a prize but the big prize is building eternal treasure by leading people to Christ. Be about Gods business first and He will take care of you.

God Bless, Mike :thankssign
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Re: A Gift and the Gospel - Blog Contest #5 WINNERS HERE

Postby Amber Lea » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:46 pm

Good morning everyone! I just wanted to say a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Haydee, Eddie, Nancy & Grace for their winning entries! You all did a great job with your articles, and I know in my heart that God will use you and your talents to help others in His name.

Blessings to you all, and Merry Christmas!

Amber :superhappy :clap

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Re: A Gift and the Gospel - Blog Contest #5 WINNERS HERE

Postby kavod333 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:31 am

Thank you, Amber. So happy for this opportunity. God bless u.
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