Thank you, MJ!
e-Sword seems to be "alive and well" thanks to the excellent help I got here....and I'm grateful to God to have my study aid back.
"how you became involved in prison ministry...." You know I'm a preacher, right?...Nevertheless, I'll try to give the "short answer"
I ended up being directed by my original pastor again (30 years down the road) who was then working with an international prison ministry. He got me set up as a volunteer with them and my wife and I worked in prisons in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. (She and I have a deal--I don't sing and she doesn't preach.....). Her health failed first and she's been inactive for several years; I am slowed down but not stopped. It's a ministry which cannot be adequately described, but I will say "the greatest experience by far" of my efforts to be a representative of Christ.
I've heard it said that life is a circle, that the world is really a small place.. It is true sometimes..
Thanks for sharing your story.. it is indeed a great honor to be a representative of Christ.
There can be no greater calling than the ministry, don't you think?
As a young man I dreamed of being in the ministry but life did not take me that way. Perhaps in the future God will have me do something more worthwhile than my current role.
Very nice meeting you Ed... I hope you will be able to continue in your calling for a long time to come...