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March, Issue 3

2014: Volume 3

“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me” Matthew 25:35-36


March, Issue 3

Letter from the Editor

Before the turn of the new year, God made it clear that He had some new and surprising things in store for 2014. In two brief months, it seems like it has happened all at once. God’s faithfulness is unbelievable. Whether you are a long time reader, or if this is your first issue, let me remind you that God is a God of the miraculous and impossible. I pray that you will be encouraged today by an ex-con that God has transformed and renewed through a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

A little over 26 months ago, I walked out of prison gates with serving God and Inspiration on my mind. A newsletter was produced within a month, a café was started four months later, and Inspiration Fellowship began six months after that. You’d think that it was enough to chew on for a while, but God had different plans. Last week, I was approached by another Christian business owner in town. He and his wife own Upword Living, a quaint Christian bookstore that also serves ice cream and coffee. After a brief conversation, he looked at me and said, “We feel like it is time to make a move with the business. Would Inspiration Ministries and the Cupbearer be interested in buying it for a very reasonable price? We want the integrity of the ministry to continue, and we thought this would be a perfect spot.” Wow! Talk about surprised. This was definitely not on my list of initiatives for 2014, but through prayer and counsel, we felt like God was creating another opportunity to connect the body of Christ. Hallelujah! We have already started moving boxes, books, and bookshelves under the Inspiration roof. Unbelievable!

And to top everything off, on the 12th, Kirsten and I got engaged and a June wedding is quickly approaching. So, in the midst of marriage counseling, serving at the café, and ministering to those who come in, we are planning a wedding and organizing a Christian book and gift store.

I am so thankful that the Lord knows what He is doing and is willing to use us and this ministry to share His gospel. Be in prayer with is, Brothers and Sisters, as we minister on this side, and we will be praying for you as you minister on that side of the wall. We need you more than ever, and I pray that you will join us in our effort to reach the lost with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are here for you, so please continue to write because your letters are a great source of encouragement for all of us out here participating in the ministry.

We love you and Jesus loves you! Amen! Praise Him!

Truly inspired,
Andrew L. Foster

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Editor by Andrew Foster
  • Sick and Tired by Carla Boggs
  • Just for You by Don Chaffin
  • The Valley by William Robinson
  • Bottom Line... by Bill Weaver
  • Because He Lives by Dan Evans
  • The Solution of the Struggle by Christ Bachmann
  • My Story: Less than a Year by Rigdel De Lardilles
  • Paid For by Wesley Fullard
  • A Father's Hope by Errol Mumby / Manni Jovan

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  • wilson gonzalez"We have found the opportunity through Inspiration Ministries to express not just our feelings but also the words that the Holy Spirit puts in our hearts to share with others. I see I.M. as a channel of communication between the church...read more
    Wilson Gonzalez
  • james rogers jr"When I met Anthony Ponds, James Summers, and Rigdel De Lardilles back in 2011, I heard a lot about Brother Andrew Foster, and the Inspiration Ministries movement here at Quincy. But not only did I hear about him and ministry events...read more
    James Rogers
  • robert miller"A year ago my world was shifted. I was discouraged, alone, and in need of something/someone to embrace me. It would be pious to say, “All I needed was the assurance that the Lord was with me,” because reality is sometimes you don’t feel that way...read more
    Robert Miller
  • david owen"The newsletter is an integral part of my daily spiritual walk in prison. I don’t say that lightly and here’s why: “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV). The newsletter is primarily written by prisoners and ex-prisoners for prisoners...read more
    David Owen
  • rigdel de lardilles 01"In one word, the Inspiration Newsletter to me means Hope. If anyone has ever done time behind the walls or been down and out, you can relate; there is always someone there to let you know just how bad you messed up, or how impossible it's going to be to bounce back...read more
    Rigdel De Lardilles
  • christopher bachmann"The newsletter means so very much to me because it has been and continues to be a great source of encouragement and inspiration to me. I am so thankful to Brother Andy for his faith in following God’s vision. In turn, he gave it to us...read more
    Christopher Bachmann