A line from a prisoner gives a perspective from a prisoner who has served, and is still serving, a long sentence while he serves Jesus wholeheartedly. He is telling me about the chaplains for different branches of belief within the very large Max Prison where he is confined in body.
“Then we have Chaplain Houck who has been a volunteer for over twenty five years. He made the DOC an offer to work as a Chaplain for free. They said they couldn’t do that. So they gave him a thirty hour per month contract, for one dollar an hour. That’s how he became the Protestant Chaplain.”
The prisoners have their own church, operating under the supervision of the chaplain. As with Fortress Emmanuel at Carlisle it runs smoothly with souls being saved and true changes in the lives of most men who attend. I mention this prison more extensively in the August issue of Larry Lilly’s Journal posted August 1, 2013.
I don’t know much about Chaplain Houck, but by this tiny bit, I surmise he’s a happy man who grasps that his living is not in vain. Sally Koch wrote, "Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day."
Jesus said in John 4:35 “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” Find your place.
Copyright 2013 Larry Lilly
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