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June, Issue 6

2014: Volume 3

“...I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered...’ And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:17, 19

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June, Issue 6

Letter from the Editor

As God was constructing the vision for Inspiration Ministries, one of the key factors was that I was in prison when He starting building it. There was no, “When I get out, I am going to do this” attitude or a “wait until the world gets a load of me” mentality. It was very humbling to be chosen for service by God, and He forced me to look at the men around me in the dorms, classrooms, and rec yards to see my mission field. As weird as it might sound, I have always appreciated my five year bid because it gave me a chance to understand what ministry looks and feels like because behind those walls, as many of you know, it is a 24/7 gig. There are no shortages to share Christ, and there are always lessons to learn through the process. The fact that God is willing to use ordinary people like prison inmates to minister the Gospel of Christ should inspire us every day we have the opportunity to open our eyes.

During my last couple years, God made a few things clear. 1) The Inspiration Ministries newsletters needed to be done and sent back into prisons ( ) and 2) Inspiration ministries was going back to the prison mission field. I praise God, humbled and excited, to say that we can officially ( ) the second statement off the list as members of the Inspiration Ministries team are at Chain O’ Lakes Correctional Facility right now ministering in a three-day seminar. Hallelujah! I know that one day I will be with them to minister, but until that day, I join in prayer with many that are asking the Holy Spirit to work His transforming power in lives all across this country. We are in this together!

Ministry here in Auburn, IN continues to increase as more and new faces walk in our doors for ministry and fellowship. Renovations on the discipleship floor are taking place, talk about transitional housing are growing legs, and praise God we are hoping to sign the contract on the building next month. Of course, when transitional development goes on, all the jargon about zoning, square footage, and architects is going on again and it can be exhausting, but the Lord is so gracious. Please join our excitement as God does amazing things.

Kirsten and I often revel in this opportunity to minister in downtown Auburn. Sometimes a slow day at the café can get me asking questions about things we should or could do better, but then somebody comes in for coffee right after losing a job, asking questions about his relationship with God, and it reminds me that we are not here coincidentally, but for His purpose and will.

Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to burn within us so that our lives point others towards Christ and His precious offer of salvation.

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Editor by Andrew Foster
  • Life is an Acronym by Jason Clapp
  • Closet Christians by Carla Boggs
  • Trials and Testing by Dan Evans
  • Call in the Troops by Kenneth Brooks
  • Rearview or Clear View by James Rogers
  • Hell by John Kuhle
  • Fruit of Life by Wesley Fullard
  • A Day of Many Sorrows...by Don Chaffin
  • The Power of the Word by Chris Bachmann

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Testimonials

  • 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