On February 16, 2019, a team from COPS ministry traveled to Arkansas to minister to inmates in six different prisons. The team went to Wrightsville Prison, Cummins Prison, Varner Prison (this is where the death row inmates are housed), Tucker Maximum Prison, Little Tucker Prison, and Ouachita Prison.
This was COPS ministries 18th year traveling to the Great State of Arkansas. The team ministered to 437 people. 27 men received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and 58 men rededicated their lives to Jesus Christ.
When we were at Ouachita Prison, a young inmate came up to me after the service and said that he has been incarcerated for seven years. He went on to say that since his incarceration, out of all the different ministries that come in to minister to the men, COPS ministries is the most significant ministry that has come in so far. (And with that I say to God be the glory)!
As we were traveling home from our trip, it dawned on me how blessed I am that I can go into prisons and share the gospel of Jesus Christ to a group of hurting people. I am so grateful that God has allowed me to minister to people incarcerated and that He has called me into prison ministry. The next time someone comes up to me and asks me in their negative tone, “How can you go in prisons and minister to those people?” My new response is going to be, “Oh my gosh, how can you not go into prisons and share the gospel of Jesus Christ to men and women that are incarcerated!” Every time I go behind those dark walls to minister, I feel like I have been more blessed than those that we minister to! To hear the different praise and worship teams use their talents singing unto the Lord and to watch men that are broken because of what Jesus has done for them never stops amazing me. To see men that I know who are doing life sentences, smile, laugh and cry tears of joy humbles me because some of them at times look happier than I do. God is so good! God is the only hope that they have especially for those that will never be released from prison until God brings them home to heaven. God is the same hope that we have, and it is important that we ALL start sharing the gospel to the lost!
I had the opportunity to see old friends that I have made through the years traveling to Arkansas. And yes, many of them after 18 years are still serving Jesus and living their lives for Him. They are the real deal, not “jailhouse Christians” but true believers of Jesus Christ, men who have sold out for the Lord and it is always a blessing to be able to go in and continue encouraging them.
If you know any active duty or retired law enforcement persons that are Christians and have a heart to serve please have them reach out to us at www.copsoutpreachingsalvation.com.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We appreciate everything you do for Cops Out Preaching Salvation (COPS ministry).
Chaplain Ken Tutwiler