Volunteering

Praise Report from DRCI

Scott Patterson, Oregon State Rep for Celebrate Recovery Inside shares this praise report:

Sunday June 25th we had our CRI meeting at DRCI and hosted Dusty Marshall  (Irregular4Christ). We blew the roof off the Chapel with his Hip Hop Style of bringing Glory to the Father with over 100 men in attendance. Dusty followed up his music with a C.R. testimony that touched every heart in the house. We tag teamed the

Dusty followed up his music with a C.R. testimony that touched every heart in the house. We tag-teamed the altar-call with many new faces – at least 60 fellows we have not seen before – coming to know Jesus and others making recommitments to the LORD.

We had a great time praying for the men and their new walk with God. Not living life looking through the rear view mirror any longer, but rising above their situations and circumstances to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1

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Why Volunteer inside? A Woman’s Perspective…

CRI participates in reentry programs where we can. CRI to CR, is one example. There are others.

At the Clark County Jail in Vancouver Washington, CRI ministers to the ladies from 1-8 weeks before they are released. In the Spring of 2014 we met a lady who was eight months pregnant.  She was working as a jail trustee to earn time to get an early release. She wanted so desperately to have her baby on the “outside.”

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‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Mt. 25:40

Trustee labor is typically arduous.  On Thursday nights she would come to CR exhausted from working all day, but happy we were there. We prayed for her new life as a Christian and the new life inside her. After about a month of regular attendance she didn’t show up to CR. Her cellmates told us her prayers were answered and she was able to be released in time to deliver her baby on the outside, in a loving environment. They said Jesus through CR changed her life.

Perhaps six weeks later, when I was preparing dinner for my CR group outside, a beautiful young lady asked me if I knew who she was. I apologized and told her I work with so many women that I couldn’t recall where I met her.

She said “I’m Jessica, from jail,” and she placed her newborn baby in my arms.

Life has not been easy for Jessica in the year or so since her release. She continues to attend our CR and so has a Godly support group. She is beautiful, courageous and continues to make good choices. Her baby is starting to walk!

I am so grateful to watch Jessica grow in the Lord.  Jessica and her child are evidence of the healing power of God.

This is why we do what we do.


Submitted, with permission by: Nicole Davis

Nicole is a volunteer with CR / CRI. Her roles:

  • Women’s CRI Ministry Leader, Clark County Jail. Vancouver WA.
  • CRI State Rep for Washington.

New CRI State Rep for Washington Appointed

Ken Davis MugshotKen Davis, from Crossroads CR, has been appointed Washington’s latest state rep for CR Inside.

Ken has been involved with Celebrate Recovery for over 10 years & currently serves as the ML for the men’s CRI team at Clark County Jail in Vancouver. Additionally, he is part of the recent CRI start-up team at Larch Correctional Facility (minimum security men’s prison) in Yacolt, WA.

Ken is retired but works part time in his construction business. Here’s how Ken says it

“My name is Ken Davis, I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ, and a recovering addict, I have been clean and in Celebrate Recovery for over 10 ½ years. I am retired although still work part time in my construction business. My wife and I live, and direct a faith based transitional youth house, with up to 6 young men also in recovery, in Yacolt, Washington.”

We are so fortunate to have Ken, following faithfully his Lord, into the prisons & jails &, into the brokenness of others lives. Staying in recovery ourselves, allowing the Spirit to change us & direct our steps into this CR Inside ministry/mission is indeed a high calling & one not without much opposition on the part of God’s enemy & ours.. please take a moment to offer up a prayer for Ken & his family, for their protection & victory for Christ’s purposes.

 ‘Jesus said to all of them, “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me.’ Luke 9:23

Ken can be reached through NWCRINewsLetter.us by completing our contact form.

In Memoriam

"This do in remembrance of me" Luke 22:19

“This do in remembrance of me” Luke 22:19

Did you observe Memorial Day, our celebration of the sacrifices Military people have made for our country this past weekend?  Did it culminate in a meal, perhaps a barbecue? We should always remember and honor our military.  God bless everyone who serves and all those who have served in the past!

The third Saturday of the month, at a Prison nearby, we carry “The Lords Table” inside to join with inmates in remembrance of the sacrifice God made in sending His son Jesus to die for us.

‘And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” ‘ Lu. 2219

Nearly every month — owing I suppose to the ever-present interference of cult teachers exerting their influence — we hear an argument about this or that regarding those who eat the meal “unworthily.”

 ‘So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.’ 1 Cor. 11:27

… Or that prayers of ‘consecration’ over the bread and juice transmute the meal into the actual body and blood of Christ.  What could be less biblical? You must know in your heart this isn’t true!  (There I’ve just offended great swaths of Christian Tradition … well, so did Jesus offend the Jews.)

Being fed in a temporal sense (bread and juice) is a picture of being sustained in the spiritual realm.  It’s a metaphor.  If I give you a photo of my family and I say “This is my family, these are their names” — you’re not confused.  You don’t think it’s actually my family.  You know its a picture. Christ gave this picture for us to help remember the awesome sacrifice He was about to make.  I remember my family by looking at their photo.  I remember Christ’s sacrifice by eating His meal.

Christ on CrossWhat we cannot do for ourselves, Jesus has done once and for all.  We were starving, deprived — and Jesus saved us from the agony of death in sin.  When we join together observing  “The Lords Table” we remember that “all of it” — that the Gospel of Christ is true.  It’s true: That His death and resurrection happened and that He has promised to come again.

But an important part of this remembrance is that it binds us together — as a Church.  The body of Christ.  By meeting to receive this meal we can recognize our brothers.

Those verses in 1 Corinthians 11 – where the word “unworthily” appears twice — are extremely important. This is the only place the word is used, and if you follow them back through translation to the Greek meaning you’ll discover the direct inference is “unenlightened.”

There is no status, no preparation, no catechism, no pronouncement of man, priest or prophet — that can confer on me any kind of worthiness to receive the body and blood of Christ.  I was never worthy, I am not worthy.  I will never be worthy.

‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.’ Eph. 2:8

The only thing I can do is believe.  I can let the light of Christ live in me.  And I can remember the sacrifice, the great price paid for my freedom.

If I eat this meal, thinking I’m worthy owing to membership, or my denomination or that by performing the ritual I’ll be saved?  Then I do so in an “unenlightened” manner and the consequences are explicit.  It’s the ultimate sin really — truly blasphemy — to refuse the Grace of God by ignoring the message Jesus brought from His Father.

‘ “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.’ Mark  10:52

Blasphemy is a private matter between God and man. It’s personal. A matter of relationship. Blasphemy cannot result from eating a piece of bread and few sips of juice.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” Matthew 7:21-23

Business of Transitioning Inmates to Communities …

Time to celebrate a milestone for the CRI Group at Shutter Creek:

An inmate, who’s release date is some months ahead — has asked about the process of being referred to a Bible-believing Church and CR Group outside.

Owing to this being the first time this has happened for us, I want to respect and recognize the brothers that helped make this possible —

  • Chpl. Chris vL and Jeff B– for having the vision to establish CRI at Shutter Creek.
  • Kent W — for your patient mentoring and encouragement, excellent advice and tangible support.
  • And Rick B — for helping us identify the best resources outside and going through the process of making connections. Thanks in advance, sir.

Since I haven’t observed this process yet, I’ll be blessed to facilitate any procedures that you wish to establish.

Thanks for your thoughts, and …

Thank you Jesus for your leadership and presence in all of these things!

On Volunteering, it’s inherent blessing

I realize this morning that working for the Lord is so much easier than attending to the responsibilities I accumulate in the world.  Load on Bridge

Worldly engagements require that I operate along lines to meet peoples expectations.  Those can be really difficult to accomplish.  Unmet expectations lead to bitterness, anger and resentments — and that’s a two way street.

Godly engagements require that I operate along lines meeting God’s expectations.

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt. 11:30

If I show up as a volunteer.  I’ve done my part.  God does the rest actually.

If I show up full of anxiety, and plans, worries and agendas that I want to accomplish, those are my choosing, they are my burden.  God didn’t ask me to carry them.