High Country Prison Ministry
By Jody Griffin
Avery and Mitchell Counties
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers… (Malachi 4:6, KJV)
One Day with God is a ministry event sponsored by Forgiven Ministry, Inc. (located in Taylorsville, NC). This amazing organization, with the help of countless volunteers and generous donors, bring children of incarcerated parents together for a full day of caring and fun with their father/mother. At AMCI, I have the incredible honor of raising funds, helping to plan and then actually praying/serving throughout the day of One Day with God at our facility.
I have personally seen the impact of this ministry in the lives of many men and can testify to you that the Truth of Malachi 4:6 is clearly seen during these events! The motivation of being allowed a “normal” day of life with their child(ren) drives the men to check themselves to insure that their attitude and actions reflect their desire for personal growth and improvement. Some have said that they literally “live” for this day. They set their hopes on the possibility of sharing this with their children. And they desperately want to show their children how Dad is becoming someone who will be committed to them in every way possible while they are away from them.
On this One Day of the year, children come buzzing with excitement to sing, play, do simple crafts, eat and learn alongside their fathers! And fathers are taught how to bless and express God’s Love to their children within the framework of each of these activities. Everyone hears about the Love of God found in Christ Jesus, and sees that Love in action in many ways. There is a level of JOY in the place that one doesn’t find every day!
That JOY is not limited to the dads and their children, but is likewise seen and felt in the staff who willingly work that day, (several who volunteer to work on a scheduled day off), and in the volunteers who work in an assigned area throughout the event. You can see it on the faces of every person, hear it in their laughter and singing, and feel it in the hugs shared between little ones and their Dads.
YOU can help make that JOY possible! Forgiven Ministry estimates that the costs associated with these events is $175.00 per child for a full day with their Dad. That may sound expensive, but it actually is all inclusive! The food, the supplies, t-shirts, the materials, the special guests (clowns/jugglers/athletes/and much more), the backpacks for each child filled with school supplies and reminders of the day they’ve spent with their father are provided for the day!
Volunteers serve as ‘hosts’ to the children, and stay with them and their Dad throughout the day. Others serve by leading games and activities, helping with setup/cleaning and countless other ways. Your contributions fund this day! Your money, time, and energy make it happen and without you, it MAY NOT happen.
Please prayerfully consider what you can/will do to make our One Day with God Camp possible this year! It is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2018!
Go to forgivenministry.org for more detailed information. Contributions can be sent directly to them at:
(Please specify your gift for One with God/AMCI in the memo section of your check.)
Forgiven Ministry, Inc.
PO Box 117
200 Macedonia Church Road
Taylorsville, NC 28681
Or, feel free to contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will gladly meet with anyone who can help make this a reality for these fathers and their children. And I am available to speak to your group/organization about this opportunity!
God Bless You for reading this and for allowing God to lead you to pray/give/serve to make this year’s camp possible!