To say this has been one of the most challenging terms when it comes to dealing with class cancellations is an understatement.

A case of diverticulitis and my history of past abdominal pains led me to cancel Wednesday at Dixon. Thankfully the pains subsided and immediate medical care didn't become necessary.

Then come Friday at Sheridan around 11 AM while I was conducting Malachi Dads I was informed that repairs to the ceiling in both the chapel and conference room would begin at 11:30 and I would need to cancel my classes. Some workers showed up but no work was ever performed.

I hung around and in hopes the 5 PM class would not be canceled it wasn't. However, to avoid the two classes being on different schedules, I decided to forgo the scheduled curriculum and did a teaching on 2 Timothy, that was well received.

Sadly, next Friday's classes are cancelled in order for me to take Michelle to a doctor's appointment in downtown Chicago.

There are times obstacles, like cancellations, make me feel SOCPM is spiraling downwards but it is in those times I am reminded that some guy named Paul didn't exactly have a carefree ministry.

To Him be the glory

Scott Kalas
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries

Discipleship: Fear and Trembling

Dixon Correctional Center

Class cancelled, scheduled to resume February 1st.

Sheridan Correctional Center Afternoon

Class cancelled, scheduled to resume February 3rd.

Sheridan Correctional Center Evening

Joseph - Could you please pray for my wife and children, my mother and family. Also, I MSR (mandatory supervised release aka parole) February 8, 17th. I believe this is my last class so if you could please pray for my being released. Thank you, God bless Amen.

Joseph - I ask that you all continue to pray for my family's and my well being, as I will continue to pray for the life of this world and beyond. I also pray for all of you who pray for my family and me. I pray for you as well. Thank you all and God continue to bless you all. Amen.

Julio - Please pray for my sins. I send out a special prayer for our world leaders that they run our country right. Pray that my mother, my family and grandson be blessed. That Jesus fills my heart with wisdom about the Word world our Father God. God bless, amen. Hallelujah!

No name - Please pray for my family and friends. Pray God gives me the power to stay strong against the my weaknesses and give me guidance to live right and do right. Amen.

Christian Living: Renewing Fatherhood

Dixon Correctional Center

Class cancelled, scheduled to resume February 1st.

Christian Living: Malachi Dads

Sheridan Correctional Center

Miguel - Please pray for my loved ones. Pray that God keeps them safe and sound and out of harms way. Also, please pray for my earthly father. He is getting older (I believe he is 66 years old now) and he is a diabetic. Please pray to God that he keeps him safe and healthy and that he gives him the strength to keep living and make wise decisions for his health. Please and thank you. Sincerely.

Shaquille - Hello my name is Shaquille. I want to ask can you please pray that the Lord bless my children's mother with the apartment she is waiting to get it approved for. Thank you have a blessed day.

Toby - Please pray that God will work providentially through the Children, Youth and Family Solutions Agency as well as through the judicial system in relation to my son Toby Junior. Specifically, please pray that communication between myself and those institutions will be concise, clear and beneficial. Also, that a line of communication will be opened between Toby Junior's temporary caregivers and myself. Additionally, the communication between Toby's mother and myself will be more frequent. Also, please know that you, your wife, and son as well as your ministry are being praying for regularly.

Derrick - Please pray for my wife and kids. Please pray that my wife Erin forgives me.

SOCPM Alumni

Soldiers of Christ
Dixon; 11/2011 thru 01/2012
Discharged 01/23/2017

New Life Corrections
Dixon; 09/2016
Paroled 01/23/2017

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 10/2012 thru 02/2013
Transferred to Jacksonville 01/25/2017

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 11/2015 thru 01/2016
Paroled 01/26/2017

Soldiers of Christ
Dixon; 12/2012 thru 05/2013
Admitted to R&CC Stateville 01/26/2017

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 10/2012 thru 02/2013
Admitted to R&CC Stateville 01/26/2017

Soldiers of Christ
Dixon; 11/2015 thru 12/2015
Discharged 01/26/2017

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 02/2016 thru 01/2017
Paroled 01/27/2017

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 08/2015 thru 09/2015
Paroled 01/27/2017

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; ??/????
Transferred to East Moline 01/27/2017