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Prayers Needed: I’m Going to Be Speaking to 150,000 Prisoners

I don’t normally use my blog as a platform to ask people to pray for me, but this is a big deal: I’m getting the opportunity to speak to 150,000 prisoners. 

This month, Boundless published my article, “The Right Time to Tell My Darkest Secret,” in which I talked about overcoming the shame of sexual abuse.  Prison Fellowship is the largest prison ministry in the United States, and one of their senior writers read the article.  She asked me if I would be willing to write a similar article for their prison newspaper, which has 150,000 readers.

She said, “This material would be particularly relevant because a startling number of prisoners—both men and women—have been survivors of sexual abuse, but it’s virtually impossible to talk about it in a prison setting. I’ve sat on the phone with far too many tough, tattooed men whose experience of abuse sent them spiraling into addiction and crime, and who still have no safe place to address it. In a small way, the newspaper can be a place to acknowledge and provide a godly perspective on taboo topics like this one.”

I feel honored and overwhelmed with this opportunity, and I wanted to ask you to pray for me and the prisoners who will read my article.  I lived in a prison of shame before, and those bars don’t break open easily.  Please join me in praying that somehow, the words God gives me will help set these men and women free.

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6 Comments
  1. MB #

    Prison Fellowship is fantastic. I will pray.

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    May 30, 2015
  2. Evelyn #

    This is God at work through ways we would never dream possible, turning what the devil meant for evil around for good. I am praying…

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    May 30, 2015
  3. Anna Grace #

    Joshua, you certainly have my heart-felt prayers. I know without a doubt that your courage in sharing your story was used by God from the very first moment you shared. I feel a bit of awe for God’s awesome strategy in bringing you that particular forum to share with so many broken adults. I feel particularly touched by this because I am a counselor at a psychiatric facility exclusively for adolescents with sexual behavior problems, some of whom have been adjudicated. My heart has been broken a little at a time because so many of them were victims of abuse themselves (all of them are victims, when you consider that careless adults through our careless society have allowed them to be exposed to porn at an age when they simply are not ready to handle what they see). I am so excited for this opportunity you have to share a message of healing with so many people who have already slipped through the cracks without treatment. I look forward to hearing what God may bring of this.

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    May 30, 2015
  4. Tom and Carole Pierce #

    Joshua, you have been in our prayers since the day we met!
    What an opportunity for our Lord and Savior!

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    May 30, 2015
  5. Jess R #

    That’s great, Joshua! Will pray for you. Just be your God-used and honest self, as ever.

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    May 30, 2015
  6. Wow. Thanks so much for all the encouragement, folks. I can only imagine how your prayers will influence what I write.

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    June 1, 2015

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