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January, Issue 1
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Letter from the Editor
Wow! 2017! What a humbling experience to know that our main desire is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and God has seen fit to use and provide for Inspiration Ministries. In March we will be celebrating five completed years of ministry outside the walls. Of course, the Lord knows that Inspiration Ministries started behind those prison walls in Florida at Quincy Annex in 2009 when we saw a great move of the Holy Spirit.
This edition is our 60th newsletter. Isn’t that unbelievable! I remember when I was released in December of 2011 with a vision for ministry and a newsletter that could communicate the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Right around this time I was on my knees crying out to God asking “How in the world am I supposed to put this newsletter together?” No money, no computer, no articles. But God was faithful to the vision He gave me. Then came the first donation to Inspiration Ministries from my Godmother, Paula Conrad; a donated computer; a local church copy machine; and there I was staring at 100 newsletters to be sent into prisons. The newsletter has grown into both a men’s and women’s newsletter, serving almost 6,000 inmates around the country. Hallelujah!
I enter into the new year with dreams and ambitions just like many of you. We must submit our plans to the Lord. The world is full of good ideas, but Inspiration is committed to making sure that we are understanding God’s ideas for ministry. It is not about what we do, but about who we are in Him. The Lord is faithful to use those who truly want to be ambassadors for Christ, committed to being peacemakers and ministers of reconciliation. All the other stuff is just stuff without Christ at the center. New projects, buildings, programs, and activities can easily be the very thing that keeps us from accomplishing His kingdom work if we are not focused on His mission for us individually and collectively.
I hope you are excited with me to hear from our brothers this year as their ministries and adventures grow. Dan and Sarah Evans recently became the directors of Harvest of Life Prison Ministries, based out of Florida. The Lord is using them in a mighty way. Our Minstrel Minister, Greg Lamoureux, is still traveling and serving the Lord as he is called. Wilson Gonzalez is doing the Lord’s work in Colombia. And the Foster family is about to expand to four with Anthony James (AJ) coming in February. Speaking of Anthony, we’re excited for my brother, Anthony Ponds, to hit the streets in 14 months after 12 years in prison.
Remember, Brothers & Sisters, Jesus is the beginning of our story. We don’t need to figure life out before turning to Him. He loves you dearly and so do we. This is a journey we are traveling together! Here’s to a great new year! Hallelujah!
Be inspired by Jesus,
Andrew L. Foster
Inspiration Ministries, Director & Founder