God At Work Through IM

Connecting to Jesus

Connecting to Jesus

Jacob attended my Bible class for over three years. During that time, I had the pleasure of getting to know him as a person and watch him grow in his faith as a Christian. Together, we studied the gospel of Matthew and John, the book of Acts, Romans, Galatians and Jonah.

Clear About Judgement?

Clear About Judgement?

Marie was a self-confessed “tweaker” (a methamphetamine addict) that I met in jail. “I guess I’m a mix between a sinner and a saint,” she explained as she told me about her biker father and devout Catholic mother. In jest she added, “Maybe that explains some of my troubles and confusion.”

Beer In My Cornflakes

Beer In My Cornflakes

Davy is a homeless man with alcoholic problems. He has been arrested many times in several states for burglary, and has been in and out of jail for much of his life. Since the other inmates in my Bible class were delayed, Davy told me the story of his dysfunctional home life, starting in the third grade. “There was never any milk in my home,” Davy told me, “so I’d put beer in my cornflakes and survived as best I could”. He ended up becoming an alcoholic at a very young age, and his addiction wrecked his marriage and life and health.

Freedom In The Fish

Freedom In The Fish

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the story of Jonah. You can picture that big fish with his mouth wide open and Jonah sitting in the belly. But would you believe that Jonah’s lesson can bring encouragement to someone in jail?

Disheartened and Discouraged

Disheartened and Discouraged

On March 14, 2020, Wisconsin closed its prisons to all visitors and volunteers because of the Covid-19 virus. The prisons stayed closed for nearly sixteen months which meant there was no in-person contact from family, friends, a home pastor or even an IM Chaplain. This had to be an especially disheartening and discouraging time for all the men and women living inside those facilities.

It Must Be Difficult

It Must Be Difficult

From time to time, when I’m talking with someone about my ministry in Wisconsin’s prisons, they say something like, “It must be difficult to share Jesus with people in prison.” Perhaps they say that because they think that most people in prison are not even slightly interested in reading God’s Word, coming to a Bible study, meeting with a pastor, or changing their sinful lifestyle.

Ministry Behind the Walls

Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry by shining the light of Jesus’ love into hearts.