Giving Thanks

 

Dear Friends of IPM,

We give thanks to our Heavenly Father for His many blessings. This November marks the twentieth anniversary of Chaplain Ray's home-going to be with our wonderful Lord and Savior. We give all thanks and praise to God Almighty, that He gave Chaplain Ray a heart for prisoners and a desire to reach and minister to them through the International Prison Ministry, which he founded. To this day, the Lord continues to faithfully use Chaplain Ray's life and testimony through IPM to reach countless inmates for the glory of God!

In God's Word, He reveals His heart of love toward mankind, including prisoners. 'The Lord hath anointed me... to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound' (Isaiah 61:1). Many prisoners are heartbroken and in desperate need of God's love and forgiveness. His truth alone is able to set them free, through faith in Jesus Christ.

In Matthew chapter 25, Jesus was speaking to His disciples and declared, 'Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me... Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these brethren, ye have done it unto Me' (Matthew 25:36,40). The Lord is pleased when we extend God's love and kindness to those in need, including those behind bars.

The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to 'Remember them that are in bonds [chains], as bound with them... as being yourselves also in the body... Remember my bonds...' (Hebrews 13:3,; Colossians 4:18). It blesses the Lord when His people remember to pray for those and reach out to those who are bound in chains.

We thank the Lord for your continued partnership in this labor of love in reaching countless lives over the years. IPM continues with the same heart and vision that the Lord gave to Chaplain Ray and Leola so many years ago. By the Lord's enabling, we look forward to reaching many more lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reaching out to Prisoners Together, In Jesus' Name,

Dini Hoekstra

(for all of our “Chaplain Ray Family” and the IPM Team)

 

P.S. We invite you to pray for the preparation and packaging of the 'Forgotten Prisoners Christmas Project.' 

 

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



The Testimony of Chaplain Ray



'The Lord hath anointed me... to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound' - Isaiah 61:1

'The best thing that ever happened to me in my whole life, came into my life through a young ex-convict, who was a three time loser.' - Chaplain Ray

Chaplain Ray saw the miracle transformation that had occurred in his friend Ron Bayles, an ex-convict. Ron's life became so totally transformed, he was like an entirely new person. At the age of 19, Chaplain Ray surrendered his life to Christ and discovered that 'when you meet Christ and Christ comes into your life, and makes you a new creature, it's no longer you, but it's Christ in you the hope of glory, and the earnest of what is to come. When we believe in our heart on the Lord Jesus and confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus, that God hath raised Him from the dead, that we will be saved, and that we are saved. He never turns any away.'

Chaplain Ray would say regarding prisoners that, 'Prisoners often feel rejected. They feel hopeless; they feel helpless. Don't ever give up on any prisoner. As long as there's life, there's hope. As long as God lives, there is hope in Him for a changed life.' When people would ask Chaplain Ray, 'Why do you want to waste your life on prisoners? What can they do for you?' He would respond, 'Prisoners don't have to do anything for me. One of them did it all a long time ago. And it has lasted all these years.'

May this DVD be a blessing to many as we give all praise and glory to God for the life and ministry of Chaplain Ray!


We praise the Lord for all of our dear ministry partners who desire to share God's love and truth to prisoners. 

To request the appreciation gift for November, 'The Testimony of Chaplain Ray,' you may contact us at office@chaplainray.com


Letters from Prisoners


Grateful Prisoners Touched by Chaplain Ray and IPM


 

Chaplain Ray's Book Led Me to the Lord

Dear IPM,

I read your book, 'What Must I Do to Be Saved?' by Chaplain Ray. Now I am born again. I just want to thank you all for making this book so I can be born again. Can you send me all the books you can so I can get to know Jesus Christ more? And some testimonial books as well? Thank you once more and God bless you!

Christopher D., California Prison

 

Thank You for Loving the Lost

Thank you so much for providing this incredibly awesome spiritual service to us inmates. It has personally given me a peace in my heart that otherwise would not be there. I'm so grateful to everyone at IPM. I'm looking forward to continuing my Bible studies and personal relationship with God. Thank you so much for loving the lost the way you do.

Frances P., California Prison

 

The Chaplain Ray Family Means So Much to Me

Dearest Dini,

Blessings of joy to you in the Father and Christ our Lord! Thank you so very much for the opportunity to request some of the books you offer to those of us in chains. What a blessing for me and my brothers here to increase our learning in our walk with the Lord. Dini, it was so emotional for me to see the picture of your father-in-law (Chaplain Ray) on the brochure. One of the first books I read while incarcerated was the story of Ronald Bayles which gave Chaplain Ray's testimony. It touched my heart. I pray for you always. Your family has meant so much to me. Thank you! Your brother in Christ,

Ron S., Nevada Prison 


 

IPM prayerfully responds to every prisoner who writes to us. We bless them with an encouraging letter and a variety of biblical resources, such as: Bibles, Bible Dictionary/Concordances, Testimonial and Devotional Books, and other Bible Study helps.

We invite you to partner with us in Proclaiming Christ to those behind bars. To place a donation, please visit our website @ chaplainray.com

 





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