Introducing A Strong Tower Ministry

Introducing A Strong Tower Ministry August 8, 2011

As many of you know, my friend Jason Janz leads a local church in downtown Denver called Providence Bible Church. Providence has a whole family of ministries that bring the gospel to bear on the many and complex effects of sin in the lives of their church members and other citizens of the city. One such program is A Strong Tower Ministry.

A Strong Tower’s mission is clear from their slogan: “Breaking the chains of incarceration one heart at a time.” They provide practical support to former prisoners in a variety of forms: mentoring relationships, training in basic life skills, transportation to job interviews, meaningful connections with a local church, and more. They also endeavor to educate volunteers and church leaders on the issues faced by released inmates. (If you’re interested, you can find more info at www.stmreentry.org.) 

It’s a remarkable ministry, and it’s made a remarkable impact on the lives of dozens of former prisoners. Such a remarkable impact, in fact, that we would like you to meet some of these men and women yourselves! Next Sunday morning at our worship gathering, we are excited to welcome the Unchained Singers choir–a dozen or so former prisoners whose hearts have been set free by Jesus Christ and whose lives have been blessed by A Strong Tower Ministry.

We have several goals for bringing the choir to Parker Hills: 1) to deepen our church’s connection with Providence Bible Church and their family of ministries, 2) to make our members aware of another opportunity for ministry on the raw edge of extreme need, and 3) to raise a little cash for A Strong Tower through a special offering. (My friend Jason tells me they spend between $1,000 and $1,500 per month just on bus passes for former prisoners to get to job interviews!)

So come prepared to give a little more than usual. Come prepared to receive a lot more than usual. And come prepared to meet some brothers and sisters whose story is probably very different from your own, yet so very much the same. After all, who among us can’t sing, “My chains are gone! I’ve been set free! My God, my Savior has ransomed me!”