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Spring 2016

posted May 6, 2016, 1:56 PM by John Hail   [ updated May 6, 2016, 1:56 PM ]
Hello from the GSM Jail Ministry, 

First and foremost I want to thank those of you who intercede for me each Sunday. I know your prayers strengthen me and I thank you 
Jeff Lyon small picfor your faithfulness. I also appreciate hearing from those who pray for me, so if you are willing please let me know at (509) 366-7775.

The weekly visits continue and are always encouraging. In our visits we see men eager to discuss and understand their faith. All our guests are struggling to change and by offering a Bible and our time, our hope is that we plant a seed and offer hope for them when they get out. Sometimes we can connect after they are released.

A quick lesson on the PODs: 

Our Jail Ministry is focused on the “Lock Down” PODS. In the Lock Down” PODs there are usually 3 sets of cells, called “Tiers”, and only one tier is released at a time. This means there are not too many residents available to join us, but there always seems to be a few every week. Great opportunities for one-on-one and small group discussions. The Lock Down PODs usually have residents with more serious criminal charges and records. Therefore they need to be closely monitored, are more isolated from other residents, and have only a few hours out of their cells. 

In contrast to a “Lock Down” POD, there are Open PODs. These allow all of the POD residents to be grouped together with an “Open Bay” available. So these residents are all allowed to walk around the full POD during most of the day, all together. These PODs have a lot more people available at the same time, and groups tend to be a bit larger. We occasionally visit these PODs.

The open area of all PODs have about 100 feet X 100 feet of open floor space with tables, chairs, and walking areas. A POD can house approximately 30-80 residents at a time. 

Being in the Benton County Jail usually means that they will be released in less than a year, or they will be transferred to a Prison with a longer sentence after their trials are completed. 

Many thanks to you all who contribute to our Jail Ministry, I NEVER go in without some Bibles to give to people seeking to know our Lord and Savior. 

Jeff Lyon
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