1.28.2014

ReNew Hope Prison Crusade 2014

We arrived here in Montgomery, Alabama, late Saturday night. 
The prison crusade rally (orientation/training) was all day Sunday, and was attended by all 400+ singing groups/evangelists/volunteers.
Once again it was such a blessed time of meeting up again with many many old friends, and making new ones as well! 
The theme of the crusade this year is the prodigal son and the "extravagant love of the Father". 
There were several messages about this that were so encouraging and challenging.
Our family shared a few songs in the afternoon.
"the littles".
I have to just brag on them for a minute-they have been working SO hard this past year, learning to fill in the shoes of their older siblings. Each of them has 1-3 instruments that they practice faithfully every day, five days a week. In addition, they have been working even more on harmonizing together. 
The song they are singing above is in three part harmony and I never tire of hearing it-it is SO BEAUTIFUL to hear all those little voices harmonizing together!
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Last night was our first prison service of the week. We were so excited to be singing again at Tutwiler women's prison. We hadn't been there for several years and it is one of our favorite prisons to sing at so we were thrilled to be back there.
The whole service was absolutely incredible-such a blessing. Its hard to put it into words but to sum it up I would say that there was no where else I would've rather been last night.
A number of ladies came forward at the invitation for salvation and there were also many that came forward to be prayed with and encouraged. It was such an amazing time-God was SO THERE.
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Today, we'd ask all of you blog readers to please be in prayer with us for the weather. 
For whatever reason it seems that everyone thinks that we are "vacationing in the sunny south" currently. Not so! Last week when we left Texas we barely missed a big ice storm and we are currently in the middle of another one here in Alabama. Sadly this has caused basically all of today's prison services to be cancelled. So instead of preparing to go into the prisons, all of us and the other 100ish Montgomery area volunteers/singing groups are spending the day here at the hotel base. Not exactly where we'd all prefer to be; we would all much rather be in prison right now, honestly! But we're trusting that God has a plan in all of this, and praying that the weather would clear and warm up quickly so that we'd all be able to go back in tomorrow!
If y'all would join with us in praying for that, we would be grateful!
And also for the inmates-the crusade is a huge highlight for them and I'm sure they are all disappointed too.
Thank-you!
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And since we DO have to be stuck in a hotel, we are making the most of it and there are multiple parties of different sorts going on. =) I'm currently sitting here writing in the hotel lobby. Just a few feet away is a group of various people, jamming and singing. There are discussions going on at other areas of the lobby. A group is playing games in one of the conference rooms. Our family is getting ready to meet some dear friends for lunch in another conference room. I'm sure tonight there will be much more music and prayer/sharing, as has happened in past years when we've had weather issues and not been able to go into the prisons.

posted by chelsy

9 comments:

  1. Chelsy, I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. We will definitely be praying about the weather. Love your curls, Chels. :)

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  3. Praying!!


    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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  4. Y'all are such an encouragement. I've wanted to do prison ministry for some time now, but it doesn't look like God is opening up the doors for that any time in the near future, however, you never know. And I definitely agree with you, that there's nothing quite like seeing little ones wanting to step up and use their talents for the glory of God. I know I'm proud of my little brothers. Anyway, praying for y'all. Hope the weather clears up soon. By the way, if it's consolation, it's not warm here in Florida either. Which is somewhat disappointing. :) Y'all keep up the good work. God bless!
    ~AbbyJoyAllen :)

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  5. Your hair is beautiful, Chelsy! What kind of curling iron did you use?

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  6. I really wanna see a post of what u guys do after a concert plz add lots of photos to plz read this plz an thanks GOD BLESS

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  7. Chelsea ,your hair is gorgeous! You ladies look stunning as usual!

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  8. Hey Bontrages,
    Glad to c u all r doing great w the singing! I'll b praying for u all! Allison love the hair!
    In Christ,
    Lexi

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