The prophet Isaiah asked: “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen…Is it not to share your food with the hungry…Then you will call and the LORD will answer…” (Isaiah 58:6-9)
Bylle and Robert, two Christian brothers inside S.Q. who coordinate an annual Christmas package drive.....
Bylle wrote recently “…Several of us were in Bible study on the yard. The sun was warm, the camaraderie of Christ was present, the word was penetrating our hearts…It is such a miraculous experience to live the life of Christ here. You see miracles. You see death become life. One of our new men suddenly stood and began preaching Acts, Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. These guys here were often the worst of the worst, the lost of the lost; and with perfect authenticity the Lord perpetually changes their character. Like Manasseh we see the Lord from the imprisonment of our sins. Like Jonah, we see the temple from the very belly of the whale at the bottom of the ocean. Our so very lost past(s) carry a price, though, we be saved; but for sincere men of God we discover the life we now live is one ever-climbing further up Calvary. Simply said it’s awesome what Christ does for anyone who finds his forgiveness.”
The annual Christmas Package program fulfills basic needs for impoverished men residing on death row without consideration of race or religious belief. It is to let these men know that Jesus loves them and there are people outside who care. Each Christmas package contains items each prisoner has personally requested. If they need tennis shoes, they are encouraged to ask for them; it may be toiletries or food or chocolate… it doesn’t matter; they receive what they most desire. The budget allowance for each package is approximately $125.00.
These packages are given in the name of Jesus and are true blessings for each recipient. If you wish to support this mission, please pray for the lost and for strength and wisdom for our Christian brothers inside the walls.
Make checks out to: Open Door Christian Church Novato
On Memo line write: S.Q. Christmas Package
“The Church inside prison walls”
Phil and Vickie Holmes