so I might as well. This story is not gonna get old with time.
They announced a bible study for it is stated that persons in jail in Arizona "will not be deprived of an opportunity to express their religion".
This is one thing about jail, "an opportunity" means ONE. So we had access to bibles and bible study and a very short, like the world's shortest not even a church service, just the opportunity to go to a different room on a different floor and hear some dude talk about the bible for 20 minutes then we do the whole thing in reverse and get locked up again.
MAN OH MAN DID THAT EVER LEAVE A GAPING HOLE FOR MOST OF THESE GUYS.
Hey so some of you know I consider "native" to be my primary religion but I also got a heavy dose of Christianity, I know the scripture but more simply than any guidance or interpretation I could offer....
PEOPLE I CANNOT UNDEREMPHASIZE THIS,
THESE PEOPLE JUST LITERALLY NEEDED HELP READING. Not just understanding and interpreting the holy scripture, THEY COULD NOT READ.
Not words like Pharisees and Saducees or philactories or any of the words or underlying history.
"My people are persecuted for lack of knowledge"
Brothers and sisters, in addition to my story above, will you, with me, take leadership?
I will tell you where it starts and that is by taking responsibility.
Because most of what I saw in jail were people who for lack of somebody just taking an interest in them and demonstrating our ways and wisdom and honor of God, they are just falling apart out there.
And they asked me to read to them. So I took on the ministry of the scripture BECAUSE THAT WAS WHAT WAS ACCESSIBLE TO THEM. Not like I'm some paragon of Christianity, heck, you guys know pretty much who I am.
To sum up, people, I think this is what ministry means is we try to help people where they are and on their level and this is part of what it means to "take up the cross".
Hey in native terms we call it "bearing the burden of the price of peace".
We are called to serve. Doesn't matter who they are or what they are.
There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.
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