Florida Prison Ministry – Week 1

(written October 5th)

Today was the day I went to prison for the first time!  I can’t even describe how awesome it was!! :D  I actually didn’t want to leave!
 
I had to laugh as we entered the prison because one of the first officers I met said in excitement, “So you’re the 19 year old!!”  ;)  He was shocked to say the least that someone so young would leave home to do this type of work.  Only someone that’s listening to God would do such a crazy thing I suppose :)
I was able to meet so many of the head staff, including the warden and many of the girls in the JOY dorm.
 
Everyone I met was just so bright and joyful and I really couldn’t keep from smiling!  It was clear that God’s Spirit was so present there in the prison.  I honestly felt as I was walking through the halls, that this was one of the most happy places I have ever been!  That can’t be said about every prison, I’m sure, but God is doing an amazing work in FWRC and dramatically transforming lives.  
 
We even got the chance to pray with a lady who works in the office.  She was just so amazed at how each of us girls would leave our homes to come here and do this work, and she was admiring how joyful we all were. *insert Jesus!!* She even cried as we prayed and shared how it’s really God doing the work in us.  And He can do it for her too!
 
Another amazing moment came when we were walking past the waiting room and we passed a women from the JOY dorm named Charlotte.  She was crying and distressed because of a family tragedy that had just occurred the day before. Her mother had died.  I got to meet Charlotte and her eyes just lit up as we were talking.  She said that she was trusting God and holding on to her faith in this rough time, but of course it was still really painful for her.
 
I must say it does feel odd to call someone 40 years older than me by her first name while she calls me Miss Nakatsu, but it instills respect for authority.  I guess it will just take getting used to. :)
 
I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for Ruthie, Sophia, and I as we serve Him in the JOY dorm!  He’s already answered SO many prayers. It’s also amazing to see how he perfectly formed our little team, with each of us having unique gifts and strengths. We refer to ourselves as Peter, James, and John because our spiritual gifts are prophet, organizer, and mercy. 😊
 
But please keep praying!! I need prayer warriors on my side during this incredible journey!
 
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Please pray:
My faith would continue to be strengthened
God would teach me to pray with confidence and fervency
Charlotte and her family
God would remind me of His Word during time of need.
He would bless and strengthen our team of 3 😊
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““The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1‬ ‭
 
…and I can’t do it without prayer!!
 
Love to you all,
Katey
 

Comments

  • I LOVE you and your amazing heart for the Lord! I will pray for you everyday Katey. I am so proud of the young woman you have become and continue to be. May God bless your journey every single day! We miss you and love you!

  • We are so thrilled to hear this report! I am glad that you all are involved in this very impactful Ministry opportunity! Truly this is a wonderful opportunity to minister in Jesus name.

  • Wonderful to hear! Thank you for being an example to our family of obedience to Gods will in our lives. Our prayers will continue to go out For your team and the women your ministering to.
    The Whitby’s

  • Katey you’re an inspiration and renew my hope for the future generation. Continue being the light that you have been. Since you’ve dubbed yourselves Peter, James and John I will pray the prayer that Peter and John prayed in Acts 4:29! You go girl!!
    Sherwood

  • Katey- This is so amazing what you are doing and I am so excited for you! We all miss you hear at Corner Stone and my family! We will continue to pray for you! ( and read your blog) we love you!
    ~Evie Carmichael

  • Dear Katey. My prayers are always with you and to all of your team so dedicated and blessed doing this most needed program of “Joy! “ As your Grandma Kathy and as a service person myself, serving behavioral health patients and issues of rehabilitation in my career, I am extremely supportive and pray for your insight and growth which will come from our Lord and those he places in your path on this journey. I am so happy for you and proud of you honey.
    God bless you as you delve into the lives of many in need. Remember when in doubt to “Turn it over to your higher power”, our
    lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is amazing how he answers you, in ways you may not expect. Love to you always honey, your Grandma Kathy

    • Thank you for sharing, Grandma Kathy! That’s so true. He is answering in amazing ways. Thank you for your prayers and support. I love you!
      Katey

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