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by Upper Room Editorial on Monday, April 10, 2017

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 ureditorial@upperroom.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

14 Comments

Comment by Janet

May Jesus bless your day. Thank you for giving hope and for all your work.

Posted April 10, 2017 at 02:52AM CDT
Comment by Georgine

May God bless your work with these prisoners.
Georgine, Arqua Petrarca, Italy

Posted April 10, 2017 at 03:07AM CDT
Comment by Judy of Hershey, PA

Thank you for giving us a window for seeing the work you've been called to do in prison ministry. It's remarkable that the jail there provides a program where those who are seeking God can be among one another as they all work to strengthen their relationship with Him. It gives them a chance to learn from and encourage each other as they study the Bible and grow in faith and hope. God bless you as you continue to minister to them.

Posted April 10, 2017 at 04:42AM CDT
Comment by Charlie

God bless you and your work. I have had the opportunity to work in a prison setting and know there are good people in there who have lost their way and are seeking to turn it around. I'm glad God has called you to this work and they have someone like you to be their mentor and show them the way.

Posted April 10, 2017 at 04:54AM CDT
Comment by Charity

Charity from Hamburg, Germany
May GOD richly bless you dear, for the good work you are doing. I pray for more strength, favour and more anointing upon you in JESUS NAME.

Posted April 10, 2017 at 05:18AM CDT
Comment by Anthony of Sarasota, FL

God bless your testimony and work that you do with F Block and the men there.
You and they display the love of God that truly give each of us the peace "that passes
all human understanding. I will be praying for you and the men there. God bless you
all.

Posted April 10, 2017 at 05:33AM CDT
Comment by bob of princeton, NJ

May God continue to Bless you and tje men of F Block !

Posted April 10, 2017 at 05:35AM CDT
Comment by julie of Delray Beach, FL

May the Lord continue to bless you and the ministry.

Posted April 10, 2017 at 05:40AM CDT
Comment by Edd of Ocala, FL

God bless you for all you do. Praying that the Lord continues to strengthen F-Blocks faith and makes them all successful when they are released. God is Love for All!!!

Posted April 10, 2017 at 05:48AM CDT
Comment by Mike of Independence, KY

May you continue to touch the hearts of so many. Be blessed.

Posted April 10, 2017 at 07:06AM CDT
Comment by patricia of laurelton, NY

Thank you Dave for your ministry with the men of F Block. May the Lord continue to guide and guard you and all the men you minister to as they minister to you. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡

Posted April 10, 2017 at 07:14AM CDT
Comment by Rebecca of Adkins, TX

Thank you for your loving response to God's call in our lives: Matthew 25:36
"I was in prison, and you came to me". May you continue to bless the men in prison by your witness of God's unconditional love.

Posted April 10, 2017 at 07:42AM CDT
Comment by Scweegee of Chapel Hill, NC

There is a very nice photo of Dave and his family on the back cover of the print edition!

Posted April 10, 2017 at 09:13AM CDT
Comment by Gail of Keystone heights, FL

God bless you for your work with Block F. May it reap fruit of lasting good deeds for our lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Happy Easter

Posted April 10, 2017 at 09:25AM CDT