More from Dave Shiple
My meditation was about a group of men in F Block in the York County Detention Center in York, SC. The F in F Block stands for faith. F Block is a special place in the jail where men volunteer to spend seven to ten weeks studying the word of God and living a Christian life behind the prison walls. We have two Bible studies a day as well as one class a day on life skills. These classes are Bible-based and designed to give the men the tools and information they need to succeed once they return to society. The men who come to F Block have made a conscious decision to begin or resume their relationship with God. They realize that they're on the wrong road and doing things their way isn't working. As one guy said, "It's time to try God because doing it my way always lands me back in jail." They know that in F Block they'll have the time and the resources to study and meditate on the word. They'll have time to pray and follow the words in Psalms 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God." F Block gives the men a quiet, peaceful atmosphere to focus on the Lord. They also spend time in Christian fellowship with other men. Guys who previously wouldn't even talk to each other become brothers in Christ.
Some of the most spiritual times in F Block are when guys share their testimonies and tell us how God rescued them from drugs, alcohol, and almost certain death on the street. They talk about the hurts and the pains they experience and the guilt that comes from not being the kind of husband or father they know should be. But--praise God!--each story ends with how God has been with them every step of the way. God gives them the one thing that is so lacking in prison--hope.
Each week I ask for the men's prayer requests. We have three organizations who pray for the guys, but we could always use more. If any of you would like to pray for F Block, I would love to add you to our prayer warrior team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and they can put you in touch with me. If anyone stands in need of prayer, it is the Christian who, like the Prodigal Son, has disobeyed God but who has repented and is returning to his Father.
Blessings to all of you.
- Dave Shiple