|Posted by [email protected] on January 15, 2018 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
January 14, 2018 found Life on the Rock International leaving the DFW area to go to the TDCJ Coffield Unit for a dual service at the Main Chapel and secondary service at the Trusty Camp. In attendance were fellow servants Audrey R. and David K. There were 238 men in attendance in the Main Chapel service and David said there were 35 - 45 men at the Trusty Camp service where God moved mightily.
As servants of Christ our mission is not always easy, but it is clear...bring a message of hope to the hopeless, restore freedom for the captive, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Sister Audrey spoke about her personal testimony and the restoration of family through God's will. I know on a personal note how important KAIROS prison ministry is to my sister and what a blessing KAIROS is personally, because I was a product of their love for the men on the Coffield Unit as this Pastor was a former resident who was transformed by God's most amazing display of Love for me in the lowest farthest unbelievably unlovable point in my life in which these KAIROS volunteers found me.
When I realized it was God's love for me through the men and women volunteers who came to the prison who left their jobs, family, homes, and paid their own way to visit me the outcast, condemned of society, it completely wrecked me and enabled God to change my heart from that Stony Heart it was into that beating heart of flesh spoken of in Ezekial.
This was a glorious day of worship and I must confess the worship perfectly aligned with the word of God that I had been given to preach. "Great is our God, for He is worthy to be praised."
At the end of the service we offered time for salvation and an opportunity to pray and the Coffield prayer warriors came forth and we were blessed to provide prayers to over 35 - 40 men alone who came forward during this altar call.
Overwhelmed to see God using this minister who used to be such a menace I was overcome with God's joy in my life as I saw the overhead projector with the details of Life on the Rock International and Pastor Charles Fisher. To imagine in my mind all those years ago that God wanted me, ME...to be His servant in the ways in which He is presently using me is a trued miracle and a faithful testimony of a God who Transforms!!! Men and women, son and daughter, into willing vessels of honor. Amen
Click this link for an amazingly similar Testimony: Tommy Fisher of KAIROS
|Posted by [email protected] on January 4, 2018 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Life on the Rock attended a New Years Eve service at the John R Hamilton Unit of TDCJ on 12/31/2017 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. In attendance were David, Audrey, Cyrus, and Pam as well as myself. It was obvious to me when we started off from the Grapevine, Tx area to drive down that the weather would be an issue and this concern was valid. We fought ice on bridges and spun out cars, darkness of two lane blacktop roads, but with the Grace of God we arrived at 5:45pm. We entered the Unit and the Officer in charge this evening was so helpful for getting the setup team and choir turned out. In all we had approximately 85 men turn out. We inducted the service with offender led "Old Testament, New Testamend scripture reading" and had a brother in white Pray in the Holy Spirit. I felt the presence of that Spirit all evening. We were honored to be told by the Officer we had til 9:00 pm outstanding as we were expecting an order of service for 2 hours.
Pam spoke about Shadrach from the prophet Daniel in Chapter 3 of the Bible. She was awesome. Cyrus her husband followed up with a very inspiring message for the men about preparedness as his insights about God in their lives was a message of hope. Audrey then brought a blessing of God's grace and mercy in her testimony of restoration. David had us all laugh, because by the time he spoke next he had 3 people already share what God had placed on his heart to share and behold the move of the Holy Spirit as he shared a message of how God moves in lives through freedom and reconciliation.
Great is our God, He is worthy to be praised.
This cold winter night in the TDCJ System on the Hamilton Unit in the eduction building brought salvation to approximately 20 first time believers. I am not a number counter but I saw the Spirit draw men near to God on this evening like never before. If this is any indication...God is having a revival in the prison system and He is raising up an army. Satan beware. There is power in the name of Jesus. All Glory to God.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2017 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Well my goodness!!!! This morning we went to Dallas to help a friend with a drivers license but was told to watch a video and come back. After this errand we went home and got ready to go to a 2pm appointment with Charles Wolford. He is part of the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship body.
"Rev. Charles Wolford is the Associate Pastor of Outreach and the Executive Director of The Turn•Around Agenda (formerly Project Turn•Around), the social outreach arm of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. He is responsible for the entire operational and programmatic functions of TTA that includes a public schools outreach, a family care pregnancy center, human needs assistance, a technology and education institute, an athletic league, a summer camp and a resale store.
Outreach, as one of the four vital experiences, seeks to create a church that spreads the Good News of Christ in word and deed. Rev. Wolford has the unique charge of connecting the Christian's social responsibility to our fellow man with evangelism and discipleship. This ministry focuses on the eternal destiny of people as well as empowering individuals to lead productive lives in this present age. As the Associate Pastor of Outreach, Rev. Wolford supports the Senior Pastor in the areas of teaching, training and care of ministry volunteers."
Our friend and volunteer at LOTRI William Bates set up this meeting for us and of course was in attendance. We all shared about where we want this ministry to go and what we would like to see happen. Charles and I just keep being amazed by what God is doing. This partnership with Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship would have endless opportunities for men who get out and really want to bear fruit for the Lord. We cannot be more excited or grateful.
This evening a lovely wife of an inmate at one of our units reached out to LOTRI and we were able to pour into one another. I'm so pleased that God used me tonight to encourage this wife to keep marching. She loves and is extremely devoted to her husband who is currently incarcerated. We now know how to specifically pray for her and her family. Thank you God!
This day has been a success. God is good.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 4, 2017 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Hi y'all! Well it's September now and we are looking forward to the cooler months. Charles has been wanting to get involved with Kairos so we are able to do that for this coming walk at the Coffield Unit. (#44) We helped on a previous Kairos in 2012, but Charles was told he wasn't allowed to go back to this unit. God is good because we had our inaugural service at the Coffield Unit and I think God was giggling just a little. (heh.)
This past weekend was the 1st weekend in September so it was Charles and I at the Estes Unit. I asked our fellow BTL volunteer Maritza if she wanted to go, she did and she was soooo excited and grateful for the experience. Maritza was able to share a good word with the men and she told us it was something she would want to do again. I suggested the Coffield Unit because it's one of the biggest units we go to and the praise and worship at the bigger units are AMAZING. I always cry like a baby when I get to experience the praise and worship. Oh yeah, this past weekend was birthday night at my "recovery" group. I celebrated 11 years and lots of friends and family came to support me. So grateful.
We have 6 more dates with LORTI for the rest of the year. Charles and I also volunteer with other ministries, so those opportunities pop up too. These include Bill Glass, Little Ministries. Kairos and I Am Reedemed. So blessed and excited to be doing God's work. More to come later! Be blessed.
|Posted by [email protected] on August 19, 2017 at 3:20 AM||comments (0)|
I talk about Bridges to Life so much because it's Charles actual "paying" employment. This LOTRI ministry is something we started because it was put on Charles' heart so many years ago. We were taken step by step by Michael Scudiero on how to start LOTR. We were given our first large donation by Charles family, Judy and Ted Moff which enabled us to actually open our bank account as LOTRI. James Guerra is our partner as well as Charles' mentor and he has always been one of our main supporters/encouragers. Of course we couldn't do it without our church, Waterside in Grapevine. They are the people who actually gave us the name and who continue to help us with donations. So extremely grateful for our church family! I can't speak about our ministry without praising and thanking the people who decide to volunteer. I love all you guys! I also have to thank my parents Carmen and Meg Feula and our neighbors Marc and Tara Spinelli and Joe and Hayley Currier for always being willing to watch our fur kiddos while we are gone all day.
August through November is the cycle/session we have started with Bridges to Life so we are super super busy at the moment. As I've stated in a previous blog Charles goes into prison Monday - Thursday with BTL. On a couple Fridays he'll go into a unit as a CVCA and on Saturdays and Sundays we go in as LOTRI. (not every weekend) We have 7 confirmed dates until the end of 2017. I am in awe watching God work. I cannot praise Him enough and I give him ALL THE GLORY!
|Posted by [email protected] on August 13, 2017 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
July 30, 2017. I invited some of my girl friends to come serve with us who have never been inside a prison. I wanted them to see our calling and our heart for prison ministry. A week later we received a letter from one of our brothers we correspond with on a regular basis. This letter really disappointed me because it stated that some of the men had acted inappropriately during Chapel service while me and my girls were worshipping. Charles asked some of his friends for their opinion and they all decided that the enemy would not deter us from bringing in female volunteers, however or whatever got the men to the chapel was/is a good thing. I overheard someone saying that Charles used bad judgement by bringing all these ladies which upset me something fierce! If you speak against my husband, you speak against me! That's why the title of this entry is called "drama anyone?" There will never be a shortage of volunteers opinions whether I agree or not. That recovery saying, principles before personalities comes to mind. Haha.
We were invited to a prison volunteer appreciation dinner at the Boyd Unit on Saturday August 5th. It was amazing that we were being honored for doing something we love!!! God is good. The chaplain at the Boyd Unit is Chaplain Hearne, he is a great man and was a coach for Permian. I liked him the first time I met him, his wife is lovely too.
We get to meet so many wonderful people working in the prisons. I can't begin to list them all. Feeling grateful.
More later, keep the faith.
|Posted by [email protected] on August 13, 2017 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
HI!!! We left off where I said I would tell you how special Charles made me feel on my 47th birthday. He was super sneaky and gave the tech guys my birthday information and at the end of service I looked up on the screens and they said "Happy Birthday Nikki" I was a little embarrassed but mainly overcome with gratitude for having such a thoughtful husband. The whole chapel then sang Happy Birthday to me which moved me to tears! Soooo soooo soooo special! I'll take that over a fancy dinner any day. By the way, this was in June, we actually did 2 weekends in a row this past June.
May 28 (Sunday) his mom Judy Moff and his sister Stephanie Holyfield came to do a service with us as well as visit for that weekend. We all went to the Coffield Trusty Camp where us ladies sang for the guys. It was me, April, Stephanie Holyfield, Stephanie Bennett and Judy Moff, we sang, but the fun part was practicing in the car all the way down. Pretty sure we drove Charles a little bit crazy! Ha ha. That weekend spending time with his family was so special and we created some great memories.
Being able to pour into the men as they pour into us keeps enriching my life. Watching God move and work through my husband and our volunteers continues to blow me away!
|Posted by [email protected] on July 27, 2017 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
Howdy! So I was just sharing about the 1st few months of this year. Our ministry started out being blessed, and it just keeps getting better and better. March 11 we did a Legacy Day with Dad at the Hutchins Unit. This was a special one because we had already spent time with some of the men at our previous BTL session. Mercy Heart is a great ministry we've been involved in for a couple years, here is the link if you'd like to learn more about it: https://www.mercyheart.org ;
I have to share about crazy Chad Russell. He came with us to the Lindsey State Jail Facility on January 28 and after we went to eat at Mc Donalds. I know, so nutritious, anyway, he ordered 50 mc nuggets, 50, and ate most of them! I guess prison ministry makes certain people hungry. hmmm? This was the service that Jim Buffington came with us and shared his testimony. It is always so powerful!
LOTRI is also going to the Coffield Unit on a regular basis. I guess the previous warden moved on to bigger and better things because he is no longer there, however he is the warden who said "no" to Charles coming back as a Kairos volunteer and also told him he would never be able to come back as long as he was the warden. We actually had BOTH our inaugural services at that farm, one in the chapel and one at the Trusty Camp. God is GOOD! We bring lots of people with us to Coffield. We've brought, David Vaughn, David Knight, David Patterson, Robert Moore, Norman Garrett, Park Bingham, April Reese, Audrey Rivera, Dawna Keiser, Stephanie Bennett, Stephanie Holyfield, Judy Moff, (Charles sister and mom) John and Stephanie Henry (they are I Am Reedeemed Ministry) Chad Russell, Jim Buffington, Lori Baker, Steve Lowry, and of course James G. We had one service where I Am Reedeemed came with us and it was a huge blessing, they had lots of volunteers with them and I am so happy to serve with them.
The title of this blog is catching up and I'm trying to do just that, keep you guys updated. The next blog will be about how Charles made my birthday so special this past June.
Keep the faith.
|Posted by [email protected] on July 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
Hi y'all! This is Nikki, Charles has graciously asked me to start blogging for him. He is super super busy with his full time job and I work part time (every now and then) so I'm grateful to do it.
Our year started out with LOTRI going into the Boyd Unit on January 7, 2017. James, Charles and I were in attendance and we were able to eat with Chaplain Hearnes at Sam's before services. This was our inagural service at the Boyd Unit and it went so well we were invited back.
LOTRI does the Sunday service at the Estes Unit in Venus Texas EVERY Sunday. So blessed! Charles and I do the 1st Sunday, Robert Moore and Norman Garrett do the 2nd, James Guerra does the 3rd and for the 4th and sometimes 5th we have a group of guys from Community Missionary Baptist Church preaching. Thanks to William Bates Jr., Derrick Miles, and Claude Williams for volunteering.
Charles and I were asked to come speak at Lake Sharon Community Church through our friend Steve Lowry. Charles gave his testimony and spoke about prison ministry. From this we were asked to come to First Baptist Church in Hebron and do the same thing. The Lord just keeps blessing this ministry and us and I wonder if our life can get any better?
|Posted by [email protected] on February 21, 2017 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
Life on the Rock Prison Ministry has now changed it's name and become a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation named "Life on the Rock International"
We owe glory to God for making this happen by putting ministry mentors in our life at the specific time we needed them. An answered prayer was our Christian brother Michael Scudiero (https://www.facebook.com/mscudiero61) who taught the leadership the exact nature of this process and mentored us through all the paperwork and each goals specific steps. Thank you brother and thank your wife for allowing us your time and efforts spent on our behalf.
Life on the Rock is now a ministry partner of the Fellowship Network:
please check out their links and resources available to their partners...
Continue reading above to see what God has done in the prisons and hospitals just this first month of the year Amen.