The disease, typically only found in Indonesia, is so rare that it’s one of those things that doctors here don’t even think to check anymore. So when the inmate presented himself to the prison hospital staff with skin sores, lumps, and muscle weakness, they treated him with various creams with no success. He was miserable and his cell mate knew it. He watched him day and night suffer through the disease with no relief. He prayed for him.
Late Saturday night my husband sat and struggled with what he was going to preach on the next morning when he went into the prison chapel. He prayed and studied like he normally does and decided to preach on the story of the prophet Elisha and Naaman.
As Alfred stood in front of the group of inmates that gathered that morning to worship God and began his sermon, he started by giving them an in depth history of and overview of the disease that plagued Naaman…leprosy. And as the man’s cell mate listened to Alfred speak, he began to realize that everything he was saying described his cell mate to a tee.
He went back to his cellmate, shared the sermon with him and as a result the man with leprosy asked his medical staff to test him for it.
The Great Physician had stepped in. God used my husband to answer this man’s prayer to heal his cell mate and potentially stave off a disastrous outbreak of the disease.
This is just one story of many that I can tell you to show how God is active and alive inside the walls of the prisons in Chillicothe, Ohio. He cares for the men there. He wants to see souls saved in every corner of the world that he created. My husband takes no credit for the things happening there - he deflects any glory to himself and makes sure that people know that he is only being used as a tool.
We have recently found out that a church that has financially provided over half of our monthly income has decided that they can no longer continue to do so. As Alfred’s wife, I desperately want to help him continue in this ministry that has spiritually awakened him and reignited the passion that he has for saving people who are lost in worlds of darkness.
Alfred is not aware of it, but a GoFundMe account was started on his behalf to help burden some of the financial pressures that have weighed on him as of late. If you feel like you would like to assist in this ministry, as his wife, I am not beyond seeking help to ease his burden.
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God is good all the time. We know that He will provide.