Field Trip – Houlton Jail Ministry

Houlton Jail Ministry Team – Mark Rupnow, Chris Hribernig, Kurtis Kent

Well, we have kicked off our year at NBBI, praising God for our students. With that comes new opportunities in jail ministry in Houlton, Maine. Ministering with me are Mark Rupnow and Christoph Hribernig. These men did a wonderful job showing the men in prison the love of Jesus. Mark played about five songs with his guitar and Chris gave a powerful testimony.

I have been teaching there all summer on the Ten Commandments and this past week we looked at the 7th commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14. I taught them God’s standard in a marriage, how we, as men, must love our wives. Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” It amazed me to hear an older gentleman in the first row say, “We woo them, buy them flowers and take them out for nice dinners, but when we get them, we leave them at home to raise our kids, clean our homes and forget about them.”

It amazes me to think of what the gift of a wife truly is. We are one flesh! Genesis 2:24, says “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

These inmates have nothing but time on their hands and often think of their wives and children with regret. One man said, “I have all the time in the world to think about my wife stepping out on me.” What a terrible and hopeless thought that must be.

Men, love your wives with no regrets. Daily, let them know they are special, they are important and they are loved. Don’t be like some men, full of regrets, wishing they had done things differently. I Peter 3:7 says, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” Your wife is a gift from God, be thankful for her!

Post by: Kurtis Kent, Food Services Manager

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