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Somerset County Jail

Jan 23 2018

Somerset County Jail is in Madison, Maine, about a two hour drive from our home in Bridgton. While it is a ways to go to do a free show, it is one of the highlights of our year. The chapel is beautiful, complete with eight 'stained glass windows' painted on the cement block walls and unusually high ceilings; perfect for juggling.

The Jail has a new programs officer, and for whatever reasons, the show was never communicated to the weekend staff. The desk officer remembered me for prior shows (I go roughly twice a year, sometimes with my wife, Sue) and assured me they could still pull it off. During the hour I set up, they would let the inmates know about it. She said, however, that it was visiting hours. Between that and the short notice, she said the turn out to the show would probably be small.

Typically when I perform for chapel there, 20-30 inmates come out. I prayed about this as I set up, including that God would bring out the people who would most benefit from the program. As I stood up in front of the chapel about to start the show, I did a quick count and saw 75 inmates present. Adding in the three guards and two inmates who came late, there were at least 80 people there, more than I've ever had at this facility.

After the service, which was fun and I trust, meaningful, I was locked alone in the chapel to pack up my props. I happened to notice then a sign on the wall that said "chapel max. capacity: 45 people".

Praise God.

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I  wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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