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Gospel Express Ministries South

 

Newsletter Winter 2018

 

It has been a busy 2018 at GEMS!

GEMS newsletters are published four times a year: in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  If you would be interested in receiving our newsletter, please send a message to: GEMSprisonministry@gmail.com or call 850-562-0986 and we would be happy to add you to our mailing list!

Prison Outreach

Our Missionary Chaplains were busy!

 

August 2018

Sept. 2018

Oct. 2018

Chaplains

11

11

11

Prisons

28

41

26

hours in prisons

317

329

222

inmates served

7,126

8,876

3,741

miles traveled

13,045

13,246

7,065

 

Missionary Chaplains

Ken Cofield

Harley Lamoureux

Lanette Escobar

Dan Nase

Dan Evans

Gene Presley

Johnnie Gentry

Freddie Rouse

Rob Hawkins

Ernest Setzler

Scott Heburn

 

 

GEMS is not supported by any one church or denomination.

We count on the prayers and financial donations of those receiving this newsletter.

 

 

FEATURED CHAPLAIN: FREDDIE ROUSE

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Missionary Chaplain Freddie Rouse

Hello, my name is Freddie Rouse, a GEMS Missionary Chaplain.  According to Romans 8:28  "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."  This biblical statement is true because I am a man born to trouble, fatherless at birth, raised by my mother and grandmother.  I received the Lord Jesus as my Savior at the age of 12 years old.  I grew up  an A student throughout my early school years before the lifestyle of the wicked attracted my attention and heart desires.  I didn't pursue a higher education because my mother lost her job soon after I graduated from Godby High School in Tallahassee, FL.  I had to work full-time to take care of my family with the help of God and He never disappointed. At the age of 25 I encountered the beginning of a relationship with the criminal justice system that included federal, state and local incarceration expanding over a three- decade period (1984-2008).  Most of my adult  life experiences have been related to the men and women we minister to on behalf of the kingdom of God.  Men and women who have been part of broken families, alcohol and drug addictions, homelessness, and joblessness with no education, bad relationships, and having no sense of direction in their lives. 

 

The environment I grew up in was drug infested, heavy alcohol consumption, prostitution, teen pregnancies, day labor cycle, and violence.  Experience in any situation is the best teacher in this journey of life.  I am a reflection and witness that have partaken in many of the life situations and hardships like most of  the men and woman we engage. Jesus says in John 16:33 “be of good cheer I have overcome the world.” I John 5:4 says,  “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory.” As of today I am a  55 year old graduate of  FAMU (BSW 2016) and a MSW degree from Florida State University 2018,  a father, granddad, husband and a GEMS Missionary Chaplain. I am not bashful about my age or my past. Before I came to this point in God’s plan, I had been on a journey of life shaped  by affliction, storms and fiery trials that molded me into this Son of God, and disciple of Jesus Christ today.  As a GEMS Missionary Chaplain, I believe I can provide support in helping people connect with  the truth. There is nothing too hard for God and the best is yet to come.  I tell the men and women that I am a reflection of them in the mirror and what they can become with the help of Jesus Christ our Lord. As a GEMS Chaplain, I preach that Jesus can enhance their lives no matter what they may be experiencing at that moment. The Word of God is quick, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword.  The Word that changed my life into being outgoing, energetic, with a positive attitude, assertiveness in the Word, very sociable, enjoy being with people, participating in the plan of God, and having a love for God’s people.  This is who I am today and I regret nothing He used to confirm Roman 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestined to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” That is what I embrace the most, my brothers and sisters in GEMS, the work we do to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and unsaved. To God be the glory.

 

GEMS Benefit Auction 2018

We thank God for allowing GEMS to have a successful auction this year.  Two of our board members were in Ohio the second week in October helping to gather items for the auction while Hurricane Michael came storming through the panhandle of Florida.  Within a few hours on October 10th the area where many of our supporters reside was devastated.  While we were concerned that the storm could adversely affect the results of the auction, we committed the results to the Lord and pressed forward as though the success depended on us.  Understandably the number of bidders was lower than usual due to storm related issues causing some items to be sold at bargain prices, making great deals for those who were in attendance.  In reality the auction netted about 14% below normal, which we consider a success under the circumstances. By faith we believe that God will provide the finances, allowing us to continue supporting our eleven chaplains appropriately, who are so faithful in the ministry that they are called to.

GEMS is blessed to have many generous supporters who contributed high quality items and some supporters made generous monetary contributions.  We wish to express our thanks to all who supported this annual fundraising event, both buyers and contributors, especially the individuals and businesses in Ohio and Indiana.  Because of the funds raised at the auction and the monthly contributions, we were able to bless the chaplains with monetary bonuses over and above their monthly compensations.  We praise the Lord!

 

Only in eternity will we know how many inmates came to the Lord because of this ministry.  Together we are making a difference in the lives of inmates.

 

Submitted by

Merrill Detweiler

Auction Committee Chairman

 

Your donations are tax deductible.

GEMS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

 

Upcoming Events:

Watch for announcements of upcoming events!

Annual Benefit Banquet 2019

Annual Benefit Auction 11/09/19

 

Board of Directors:

Jonn Darbyshire

Candice Nissley

Merrill Detweiler

Patrick Phillips

Monroe Hochstedler

Kenneth Stoner

Rob Longshore

 

 

Advisory Board Members:

Jonas Bontrager

Lee Hoover

Doug Gingerich

Richard Sauder

 

At the discretion of the directors, up to 10% of funds received may be contributed to: partnering ministries, supporting ministries, and like-minded prison-related ministries.

GEMS

Gospel Express Ministries South

P.O. Box 180505

Tallahassee, FL 32318

850-562-0986

Email: GEMSprisonministry@gmail.com

Nonprofit organization led by a Board of Directors, Advisory Board & Fundraising Committee.

Primarily serving North Florida Correctional Institutions

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Gospel Express Ministries South

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Gospel Express Ministries South

 

Newsletter Summer 2018

 

Enjoy our Summer newsletter!

GEMS newsletters are published four times a year: in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. If you would be interested in receiving our newsletter, please send a message to: GEMSprisonministry@gmail.com or call 850-562-0986 and we would be happy to add you to our mailing list!

Prison Outreach

Our Chaplains were busy!

 

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

Chaplains

9

9

9

Prisons

36

23

32

hours in prisons

345

255

299

inmates served

9,739

3,584

6,657

miles traveled

13,597

10,512

11,670

 

Missionary Chaplains

Ken Cofield

Scott Heburn

Lanette Escobar

Dan Nase

Dan Evans

Gene Presley

Billy Farran

Freddie Rouse

Rob Hawkins

Ernest Setzler

 

GEMS is not supported by any one church or denomination.

We count on the prayers and financial donations of those receiving this newsletter.

At the discretion of the Directors, up to 10% of funds received may be contributed to: partnering ministries, supporting ministries, and like-minded prison related ministries.

 

FEATURED CHAPLAIN: DAN EVANS

 

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Missionary Chaplain Dan Evans

     I have been involved with GEMS since 2016 as a volunteer chaplain, but really have been touched by them long before Dan Nase ever asked me to come to a meeting! When I was incarcerated at Liberty CI from 2001-2008, I was moved by this group of men who would come down to the compound and actually “hang out” with us on “our turf” instead of the inmate population going up to the chapel. I saw what kind of an impact that had on those who had the hardest of hearts. Their mindset was, “If these guys aren’t afraid to come where I am, then I can at least listen to what they have to say either here on the compound or up at the chapel.”

     So, I determined to one day be a part of a ministry that did these such things as eat with the guys in the chow hall, go back to confinement and pray with the guys back there, etc.” God planted His seed for prison ministry in my heart through GEMS doing what they do.

      I currently teach classes weekly at Holmes CI on Tuesday morning and Wakulla CI Work Camp on Thursday mornings. I also bring groups of volunteers in with me for worship services once and sometimes twice a month to Holmes and ACI – West. I am currently in talks with Chaplain Tease at Jefferson CI to try and start coming in there for worship services.

      I am the Director of Harvest of Life Prison Ministry and this ministry currently corresponds with over 400 inmates.

      I am so blessed that God placed a burden in my heart for those incarcerated while I was incarcerated and I am so thankful He has provided the way and the opportunities for me to be an encouragement to those who may not have any hope to know that all things are possible with God! My life’s verse is Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for Me?”

      Here are a couple testimonies from letters we have received:

      “Harvest of Life has meant so much more in my heart, and I’m sure those who share my current stature are in agreement when I say, an example and standard is being raised by God through Harvest of Life. Everyone knows someone in prison, whether physically or spiritually - saved or lost. Harvest of Life is reaching them with the gospel. It’s similar to the love expressed when a mother, brother, son, or neighborhood friend stops by to say, “Hey! Jesus is real and He sent me to say He knows where you are and you are loved!” – Michael

      "A year ago, my world was shifted. I was discouraged, alone, and in need of something/someone to embrace me. It would be pious to say, “All I needed was the assurance that the Lord was with me,” because reality is sometimes you don’t feel that way. Then Harvest of Life came in and brought the Lord with them and the Lord found me or I found the Lord in them!” – Brian.

Dan Evans

 

Featured Board Member: Lee Hoover

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Lee Hoover

     I was born in Lebanon, PA in 1978, and moved to Southwest Georgia as a teenager with my family. Jan and I were married in 1999 and God has blessed us with 5 children. We currently reside in Pelham GA, and I serve as a bivocational  pastor at Faith Mennonite Mission and am involved in an agricultural endeavor as well as a family electrical business.

     My first exposure to prison ministry was about 20 years ago with the Gospel Express prison crusades. As I observed the hunger for God that many of those inmates had, it moved me to continue to be a part of that good work. Over the years I have been periodically involved in prison ministry in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida in various capacities as counselor, evangelist, and teacher. It is a blessing to be involved in the support of our dedicated chaplains, as well as give guidance to the ministry as we move forward. -Lee

 

Your donations are tax deductible.

GEMS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

 

Upcoming Events:

Mark your calendars!

Annual Benefit Auction 11/10/18

 

Board of Directors:

Jonn Darbyshire

Rob Longshore

Merrill Detweiler

Patrick Phillips

Monroe Hochstedler

Kenneth Stoner

 

Advisory Board Members:

Jonas Bontrager

Doug Gingerich

Lee Hoover

 

 

GEMS

Gospel Express Ministries South

P.O. Box 180505

Tallahassee, FL 32318

850-562-0986

Email:

GEMSprisonministry@gmail.com

Website:

www.GEMSprisonministry.org

FaceBook:

www.FaceBook.com/PrisonGEMS

Nonprofit organization led by a Board of Directors, Advisory Board & Fundraising Committee.

Primarily serving North Florida Correctional Institutions

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

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GEMS Newsletters are published twice a year, in February and August. If you would be interested in receiving the GEMS newsletters by email, please send a message to gemsprisonministry@gmail.com and we would be happy to add you to our email list! :)

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