We are so blessed to have family who love the Lord and serve Him! Mom and Dad Keller have faithfully been involved in prison ministry for nearly twenty years. God has used them in a powerful way. We have had several opportunities to work with them and teach in the prisons that they have been involved in.
February 29-March 6, around 120 volunteers served in six different prisons and ministered to seven different groups of inmates ranging from those who have multiple life-sentences to those who have much lighter sentences. We conducted a Journey to the Heart encouraging each inmate to journey to God’s heart while allowing God to journey to their heart. The response of the inmates was so encouraging! We praise the Lord for the commitment of each volunteer who served between 60-70 hours in the prison.
We not only coordinated the prison ministry but we also had the privledge of cooking for the volunteers. This is one of several grocery runs.
Each of the volunteers arrive at prison at around 8:30am each day and serve until 4pm. Then from 4-6pm a mandatory count time for the inmates occurs so the volunteers are able to come out of the prison environment for a little bit and have a nice meal and sharing time together before going back in from 6-8pm. This continues for seven days giving ample opportunity to get to know the inmates and help them to a deeper walk with the Lord. Many of the inmates have heard the Gospel preached many times, but few have really been discipled.
We were so grateful for a good team who diligently supported the volunteers through cooking, cleaning and so many more details.
We took them all out to Steak ‘n Shake for a nice treat to reward them for their diligent effort.
One of the side benefits for us serving in the prisons of Florida is that we are able to stay with family. Priscilla had fun spending time with three of her eight siblings.
Paul got to spend time with his cousin, Noelle. They had so much fun together!
Davia enjoyed all of the extra attention she received from her aunt and uncles!
Paul and Noelle are only two months apart in age and enjoy playing together. You can definitely tell that they are cousins by their similar looks.
Paul is going to be turning three on March 16 and so we celebrated his birthday a bit early!
Paul loved hitting the pinata that “Aunt Suze” got for him. Each one took some swings, but it was Paul who busted it open to see the first few pieces of candy fly out.
It also made for good sister time as Priscilla and her sister Susanna took time with each other.
Visit to the Ocean!
One of our favorite things to do as a family is go to the ocean. The Kellers have found a very quiet place near a retirement community and across from Fort Matanzas to be a good place to bring the family.
Fort Matanzas not only has a lot of history attached to it, but they offer a free boat ride to tour the old fort. This has become a family highlight each year.
We paused for a moment before boarding the boat for a tour to take a picture.
Just before leaving the ocean, we noticed the words carved into the sand, “Cruz for Florida.” We are grateful that a man of character, integrity and courage is running for office. We pray not just for a good leader, because our hope for our nation is not in the president, but in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is, however, our moral duty to do all we can to vote into office leaders who stand for truth and righteousness.
One of the young people who volunteered to serve in the prisons works at Marineland and offered to treat us all to a tour.
Paul was fascinated by the dophins! We were so blessed to be able to see them up close.
There was a glass window that the dolphins continued to come near. They seemed especially facinated by Davia.
One of the baby dolphins especially kept visiting Davia and would hang out looking at her or following her hand on the other side of the glass.
“The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land” (Psalm 95:5).