Isaiah 61 Ministries Prayer Warriors Newsletter July 2nd

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
~Isaiah 61:1

*Note to subscribers: We are catching up with Matt’s last few newsletters, so please forgive the multiple notices.

Dear Friends,

Please pray for the men in Rockingham County Jail. Because of the Covid-19 Virus, volunteers like me have not been allowed in the jail since March 13, I’m longing to get back in, for Bible Studies and Clergy Visits. But I hear that some of the men in the jail have organized their own Bible Study groups Please pray for them, for mutual encouragement and edification. May they grow stronger in their faith and go deeper in the word together,

Please pray for men in Maine State Prison and New Hampshire State Prison that I’ve been corresponding with Although the Jail is closed for a while, I have kept busy writing letters. The letters I receive from these men are remarkable. A man I used to visit five or six years ago in the County Jail wrote me from the Prison,

 “You are an amazing man of God. My time in the County with you helped me prepare for sentencing. I remember looking back at you, and I knew you were there for me just like Our Father. I knew I would be ok. I miss your powerful prayers. The word of God is written on my heart. I will keep you in prayer until the last day. Love you and I will never forget you. Thanks for everything.”

Another man writes, “I want to thank you for the booklets and for the Romans Road Study for its been a big help. I’ve been talking to people and they’ve been wanting to learn more so I spend sometime with them. All the studies I’ve been doing plus the studies you’ve sent me have been a big help. May God bless you and keep you safe. Thank you again for the material. Its been a big help to me. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”

And another: ”How are you, my brother in Christ? First and foremost, I want to thank you and your ministry for those great books that I received. Thank you also for the notes on: Sanctification, The New Covenant, and The Holy Spirit. It is a great blessing to know and receive love from brothers on the outside…God has helped me forgive all those who have hurt me and he now has me leading a Bible Study 7 days a week with 8-12 men. Jesus is Lord of my life, and I live with love, joy, and peace as I rest in him.”

Some prayer requests I’ve made before are worth repeating:

 Please  pray for “J.”, finally out of prison after 20 years. I recently sent him  a special version of John, with notes and commentary. He responded“We are reading the Gospel of John. It is truly amazing what Jesus was doing at that time. It’s all written down and it’s all true. It’s a shame that people forgot or don’t understand if the path is already there and that he already performed the miracles people want to see in order to believe in God.’

Please pray for “T.”’ We have written back and forth many times over the years. I sent him my Bible Study Outline, “Spiritual Disciplines,” and asked him what he thought of it. He replied, “I  must say, Matt, I have a lot of work ahead of me. I’m pretty good at the discipline of service, but need some work on Bible study, fellowship and prayer. Thanks  for sharing this with me. I do read all the info you provide and pass it on to others so they can read it as well.”

Please pray for a group of five men who find themselves living together in adjoining cells in Rockingham County Jail. They have decided to study the Bible together. Please pray that the Lord will bless them with good fellowship and give them guidance and wisdom as they meet together. These men are held in “Protective Custody,” which means they are not allowed to come out to our regular Bible studies. But they have taken the initiative to study the Bible together, despite the restraints put on them by the authorities. Please pray that they would be blessed, encouraged and edified by the scriptures they study together. Pray also that they would  discover the joy of Christian fellowship and learn to see each other as brothers in Christ, rather than prisoners and criminals.

Please pray for “T,” seeking commutation of a seventy year sentence. I first met him more than thirty years ago, when he first came to prison as a twenty year old.  I was serving as Protestant Chaplain in the prison at the time. I left there several years ago, but we have stayed in touch.

In an effort to encourage him over the years, I have been sending him books about finding forgiveness and healing from the Lord, and growing spiritually. Prison can be a difficult place to pursue healing and spiritual growth, but “T” has been working hard at these things.

‘T‘ has been a model inmate. He worked for years in the prison education department, where he helped other inmates with their studies, and took many classes himself. More recently he has served as a counsel substitute, representing other inmates in disciplinary hearings to ensure they get a fair hearing. and he participates in the K-9 Corrections program training dogs.

 But what impresses me the most is his involvement in the Prison Hospice program. He sits by the bed of his inmate brothers who are dying, doing all he can to ease their passage, just to be there, so they won’t have to die alone. It is hard, stressful, sad work, but “T” is more than willing to do it. This is the kind of man he is, asking for a commutation of his sentence after thirty years.

Please pray for “S,” who has been in and out of prison for the last year or so. Like many others, “S” can be a very nice man when he’s “clean and sober,” but he becomes a different person when he’s using. He went through rehab recently, but apparently relapsed afterwards, leading to a difficult encounter with his family. I used to talk with him about the Lord, and he seemed excited about following Jesus. But now he needs a strong deliverance, a healing from addiction,

Please pray for this man’s family as well, and all the parents, spouses, siblings and friends of these lost souls. How often they think that this time the one they love is going to turn his life around. Maybe their prayers for him are finally answered…Only to feel devastated, disappointed and  betrayed. Even so, pray they will not lose hope:

Psam103:2-5: Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Acts 10:38: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

In Christ,
Matt

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mattchrisI raise my own financial support for my ministry, and it is the primary income for my wife and me. If you are interested in contributing you can send checks to:

Rev. Matt Kantrowitz
Isaiah 61 Ministries
PO Box 461
Goffstown, NH 03045

You can email me for more information at mmkantrowitz@gmail.com.

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