Back in the prisons again!

The first week back is always one of the most enjoyable weeks. Reuniting with many students I consider friends, sheep and more.

It is quite possible, many of the Sheridan students will be receiving 'good time.'  So the enthusiasm at Sheridan was quite high. However, many trials and challenges as you read in their prayer requests.

No mention of 'good time' at Dixon. Turnout was low in the Discipleship class due to a lockdown being lifted only a couple of hours before the start of class time. Apparently, students were being told classes were canceled

Oh well, one of the many challenges in prison ministry but the joys far outweigh the challenges.

To Him be the glory!

Scott Kalas
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries

Discipleship: Defending Your Faith - Part 1

Dixon Correctional Center

Larry - My name is Larry Coleman. God bless I'm writing today for you guys to pray for my family. I feel the devil is weighing really hard on my loved ones. I talked to my mother and she told me my nieces had a fight with my youngest sister. That's the second time my niece a fight with my sister so I'm asking for you guys to pray for my family. Thanks and again God bless.

Randy - Nephew Ian for protection. Family for salvation. Scott's ministry. Scott and Michelle's health. Guidance of the Holy Spirit daily.

A. C. - Dear Lord, thank you for Your love and heavenly blessings I have received. Thank you for guiding my life closer to You and Your word. May You bless the men here at Dixon and keep them in Your word. May You be with Scott and his family through their needs. Most of all thank you for the gift of Your son and the price he paid on the cross. Jesus name, Amen.

Larry - First I would like to say God bless and thanks for praying for me. My name is Larry. I really need good people to pray for me. I would like for you guys to pray for me and my family. Right now I have my case going in the courts I would appreciate y'all praying for me again. Thanks and God bless.

James - My name is James and could you please pray for me that I get moved to housing unit 26 and also please pray that I can find out what happened to my girlfriend Kayla. Thank you.

Sheridan Correctional Center Afternoon

Max - Favor with the administrators for peer educator, to get my certification to teach/promote health, the sanctity of sex, physical Doctor checkups at Sheridan/Westcare. My wife and four kids ages 17, 18,19 and 23. My boys Max, Mark, and Justin and daughter Christina to receive scholarships for college paid in full. My wife to stay strong healthy, favor with her job at Chick-fil-A first Mexican/American operator! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem Psalm 122:6-9. Joshua 1:1-9. Favor with Springfield for my license to be reinstated/approved. Already made contact with the safety/financial and administration to start the process. Implemented SR- 22 insurance which is step one going forward.

Joe - Prayers for my fiancé Malashia who is in a county jail for having someone else's drugs in her car. I pray that the courts/DA will show mercy and God's will be done with favorable outcome on her court date March 7th. Amen.

David - Favor my children and for my wife. Pray that I get credit plus for the time I already did in the county.

Sir - I have a prayer request for the Lord God Almighty to envelope every fiber of my being, so that sin may not have any room in my life. I request for the Lord God Almighty to give me joy, peace and rest in Him and His eternal family. I pray for my talents to glorify Him (music, ministry).  I also pray for me to find a good faith-based church and that I find my family that is the church triumphant. I pray that I may find good accountability partnership and good sponsors. I pray for my earthly family (my kids, mother, and brothers), that they may draw closer to God, and that I may be a more prominent figure in their lives. I haven't heard from them in two months. I pray I hear from them. Just so I know they're okay.

No name - Prayer of thanks and grace and mercy. I love you, heavenly Father. Pray for my wife, that she gets back to placing "God first" and for all our kids and family, friends and enemies. Pray for Scott and family, pray for Scott's son Cameron that he's safe, healthy and at peace. Prayer needed for me and how I got done unjustly in my employment here at Sheridan. In Jesus Christ name I pray this and ask that my spirit or His Holy Spirit finish this prayer.

Allen - Can you pray for my mother Lydia for a speedy recovery from her heart surgery and a stroke, family, friends, etc. Thank you for your patience and generosity.

Robert B. - Pray for John and his future which begins again at the end of March. Thanks.

Ronald - Please pray that the Lord uses me in His ministry to serve Him and to do His will.

Steve - I pray for my continued faith in you and your everlasting love. Also, to continue working to help and be kind to others. The health of my family, friends and Mary and her family. That Calsey and Tracy find their way from heroin addiction. In Jesus Christ name I pray this to you. Amen.

John - Ask God to take the urge and the taste of alcohol/drugs/cigarettes/lust from me. Pray for my release from prison on three 03/30/18. To go down the right path in no God's people.

Robert B. - My dedication to change. Please pray for my concentration and focus. Pray for help and defining and keeping new boundaries. Pray for the kinds of people to be present in my life that are fun, positive, and supportive. Thank you.

John - Pray for my family, Ruth, she has an illness in which doctors don't know what is the matter with her. She is sick all the time throws up a lot. Pray for my son Aaron he is in the Marines for almost 7 years, for his safety and we (me and him) can have a relationship together. My grandpa my grandparents (Eldor 95, Mildred 92) for their health. Pray for Robert B. for his health and his safety.

John - Pray for Jean, that she turns away from drugs and alcohol. That she sets her life on the right path. For her health, she is in a wheelchair.

No name - Pray for Bea that her life becomes better. She struggles with her faith and she barely makes any money to survive and doesn't go to church anymore.

No name - Play for Dalorise, she is still grieving for her loss of her son and her husband, so she is very mad at God. So she can fill her heart back up with love. Before she was a very good Christian but now she is lost. She is around 70 something years old.

Sheridan Correctional Center Evening

Randall - Please pray for my mom, Kathy, her living situation, her health situation, happiness, and financial. Pray for my dad, Steven, health, and our relationship, may it be mended. Ivana and her cancer and our relationship, is it real (girlfriend). Dawn also, still a best friend after our breakup, for her health, happiness, and financial. Brother Todd's health, happiness, and financial. Stepmom Vicky, her health, happiness, and financial. And myself for health, understanding, happiness, my character defects, financial situation, living situation, to get back to good, self-discipline, control. Sister Tammy and her kids, my nieces and nephews, and their kids. Mr. Waterford for his health and his son and their happiness and financial matters. May we all find peace and happiness understanding and wisdom. Thank you. Just everybody may we all be safe.

No name - Pray that I can readjust to society upon my release options and options present themselves to me smoothly so my life can start successfully and that six months good time is awarded to me so this can start! Pray that I receive forgiveness and that things open up for another chance from my loved ones and that they (Crystal) reach out to me. That my loved ones remain in good health and happiness and a special prayer for Carol that her surgery is very successful and her recovery is speedy and has relief from her COPD. Thank you, bless you.

Robert - I need help with being angry. I need help with feeling lost and not knowing what God's purpose for me is. Pray for me to stop being so lazy to read my Bible. pray that my family will forgive me for being absent as well as everything else.

Michael - Hello how are you? First I want to say thank you for praying for me and my family. My name is Michael, can you please pray for me that I talk to my mother soon. I have not talked to her. It have been about a year. Thank you so much, God, bless you and your family.

Michael - Hello, first I want to say thank you for taking time for prayer for me. My name is Michael, can you please pray for me that I go home this year, like get out of this place. Also, can you please pray for me that I do good and that me and my wife stay strong together. Thank you, God bless you and your family. Thank you.

No name - I just prayed to do the will of God and for the sick and suffering people of the world. Also, for the healing of my marriage and that God go before me and correct my pass. Amen.

No name - Please pray for the recently released in the brothers in Christ still incarcerated. Toby, James, Javonte, Robert, and William.

Christian Living: Malachi Dads - Family Restoration

Dixon Correctional Center

Aaron - To be able to have a good relationship and positive, understanding, fruitful and productive relationship with my loved ones, family, and friends. Thank you!

Cedric - To be granted the interpersonal strength and knowledge to continue to put forth the needed effort to build upon my family ties in preparation for my impending release.

Wes - Pray for me and my family and friends to have God be the center of my life and their life.

Christian Living: Malachi Dads - Psalm 1 / The Heart of a Father

Sheridan Correctional Center Early

Jason - I would like to send prayers out my family at home, to watch over my daughter's health, hearts, and joy.

Jason - I want to also send a prayer out to my family for understanding and better communication skills.

Robert - Pray that my relationships with my family will be repaired. Pray that I'll stop being so lazy! Pray for my family's health and happiness. Keep them safe. Please God remove my pride/anger. Pray that God can heal my body, mind, soul. Pray that I receive an understanding of all the "whys." I need prayer that God will show me what he wants from me/needs me to do. Pray for me to stop being so selfish. Pray that I receive 'good time' for early release. Pray that I can get my license back so I can go back to work and be successful when I am out.

No name - I would like for you to pray for my new family and also me thank you, I would like for you to pray that I become a better man than I was before and become a better father and spouse, thank you.

Kimble - please pray for my family and friends and son. And also my wisdom and understanding of Jesus Christ to grow.

Steve - Dear God, I pray for my continuation in learning to live through you. Living in your grace. Also, for the help of my family and friends Mary and her family. That Calsey and Tracy overcome their heroin addiction and Tony's sister beats her battle with cancer. In Jesus Christ name I pray this too. Amen.

Nathaniel -- I asked that my mother stay healthy and goodness of healthy. I pray that my children be watched over and stay healthy and out of harm's way. To help the mother of my children excel self-control over her tongue. And to cleanse your heart of all its impurities and to strengthen her spiritually it all means. AMEN.

Lucas - My mother is sick and my little sister just had a baby. They both live in Florida and I'm trying to parole down there with them but I'm still waiting for the approval. Please pray that everything will be okay that they'll be safe and that I'll get the approval to parole down there with them as they need me down there. Amen. Thank you.

Sheridan Correctional Center Late

No prayer request submitted.

SOCPM Alumni

Soldiers of Christ
Dixon; 10/2017 thru 12/2017
Discharged 01/22/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 05/2016 thru 06/2016
Paroled 01/22/2018

Soldiers of Christ  
Dixon; 07/2016 thru 11/2017
Paroled 01/23/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 08/2016 thru 03/2017
Discharged 01/23/2018

Soldiers of Christ  
Dixon; 02/2013 thru 05/2013
Dixon; 05/2015 thru 07/2015
Admitted R&CC Stateville 01/23/2018  

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 11/2015 thru 09/2016
Admitted R&CC Stateville 01/24/2018

Soldiers of Christ  
Sheridan; 07/2017 thru 12/2017
Paroled 01/24/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 05/2014 thru 09/2014
Transferred Taylorville 01/24/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 01/2015 thru 06/2015
Discharged 01/17/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Stateville R&CC 01/2018
Transferred Pontiac MSU 01/24/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 01/2015 thru 03/2015
Discharged 01/24/201

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 07/2013 thru 07/2013
Admitted R&CC Stateville 01/25/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 04/2017 thru 04/2017
Paroled 01/26/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Dixon; 08/2016 thru 11/2016
Discharged 01/26/2018

Ministry Partners New Life Corrections

New Life Corrections

Dixon Correctional Center

No prayer requests received from ministry partner.

Wesley Ministries

Illinois River Correctional Center

No prayer requests received from ministry partner.