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Monday, December 6, 2010

Quilts Behind Bars

I had an amazing weekend in Muskegon
Michigan at the Earnest C. Brooks Correctional
Facility sharing quilts with kids who have a dad
in prison.  For the 3rd time this year we joined
Forgiven Ministries and Prison Fellowship of
Michigan to bring HOPE and healing to families
affected by crime.  I entered the prison on Friday
morning with 56 quilts collected from our
volunteers and 61 quilts collected from a church
group from the Detroit area.  The 23 dads had
an amazing selection of quilts to choose from.

 First, I was able to share my testimony with the dads--I shared with them about forgiveness, HOPE and God's plan of restoration in my life and in theirs.  I am not exactly sure what I said but I do know that the Holy Spirit spoke through me and touched several of the dads--especially a few that are in prison for murder.
This dad picked these two great quilts for his two sons--ages 12 and 13.

Helping him choose the best quilt for his son.

He picked the Lions quilt--too bad they can't win a game :)

 After the dads picked the perfect quilt for their children I encouraged them to wrap themselves up in it--rub it on their head--get some of their smells and love on it!  It was really neat to see these huge tough guys wrapped in pink and purple quilts :)

This dad had two preteen girls who loved bright colors--he made two excellent choices!

We prayed over the quilts before they packed them away for the next day.

I don't have any pictures of the kids getting the quilts on Saturday yet....but once again, I promise that when I get them I will share!
Once again, a HUGE thank you to those of you who sent a quilt to us over the past few months for this program.  God is using these quilts for his purpose and it is more beautiful than anything I could have ever imagined!!!


hoekstra family said...

Thanks for sharing this part of your ministry. I love the pictures of the men wrapped in quilts!

Theresa said...

What a wonderful tribute to your loved one. A beautiful sight.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing this what an amazing story you shared. I have tears in my eyes seeing these men getting a chance to pick a wonderful quilt for their kids but the opportunity to pray over them and what a joy for these kids to have from their dad to wrap up when the miss them and to know that their dad prayed over them. Sorry gushing here. Thank you so much!!

Renae said...

Love it!
Glad to be able to participate, if only by sending a quilt.

Emily said...

Love to see your program in action. You do a wonderful work!

kerrykatiecakes2 said...

What a wonderful ministry this is! My father worked in corrections for 32 years and I never heard of anything like this - beautiful!

Mands said...

I just came across your blog through the giveaway and started to look around. I cried reading this post..the healing power of God's love and forgiveness in action. Absolutely beautiful what you are doing. I pray you are blessed beyond measure!

Luke 6:38

Amanda Jean said...

what a great post. i got goosebumps several times over when reading it and looking at all the photos. what a great ministry you are heading up!

Andee said...

This brings tears to my eyes. What a great program. I think our prisoners and their families are often overlooked and I am going to see if there are any programs like this in my area! Way to go and God bless!