Ottawa County Bible Pod Newsletter

Forgotten Man Ministries
The Ottawa County Jail Bible Pod Report
Year to Date for 2014
Hello friends of the Bible Pod,
In addition to our continuous curriculum, we have taken advantage of
multiple and varied opportunities to explore processes for conflict
resolution. Everything that is learned during our regular curricula is
oriented as a priority toward the applications within each member’s life. It
has recently become more frequent for many of life’s struggles on the
outside of jail to be experienced within our sheltered cocoon. Although
most of the men are gathered together for similar purposes, some of those
same men sometimes become the stumbling blocks for others’ spiritual
growth. We have been taking periodic pauses from the scheduled
curriculum to productively address the issues that lead to difficult
circumstances. Overcoming these areas now teaches us how to best address
similar issues later, often with spouses, parents, children and/or strangers.
We truly believe that “our struggles are not against flesh and blood” (Eph
6:12). We study the Biblical concepts of the fallen world, our weakness in
our flesh, the nature of spiritual warfare and the importance of the armor of
God. So, we strive to gain awareness of things occurring around us, just as
during the beautiful events that the shepherds heard and saw for which they
glorified and praised God for (Luke 2:1-20). Our eyes are fully opened by
the illustrations of these facts that the Apostle John provides us with in
Revelations 12:1-17. This makes it easier to comprehend why our struggles
with our sins and shortfalls are so common and so difficult to overcome
(Romans 7:14-25). Our choices have consequences that affect many others.
So, we focus on the solution, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and not on
our many problems. We work to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us into
new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17) by reducing the power and effects of
our sinful nature (flesh) and increasing our walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16-24).
We are putting-off the old ways of our former lives and are being
transformed by the renewing of our minds as we put-on new ways, which
are proven and God honoring (Eph 4:22-24). As a result, men are visibly
becoming less and less angry, hurt, unforgiving, selfish, and impure. These
men now demonstrate God’s love for them to their families by being more
and more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, gentle and self-controlled.
They are receiving a significant amount of experience in this process so
that the transition home will be easier and more successful.
It is always very exciting and encouraging to see God working in and
through all of our volunteers, staff and supporters. We continue to be
extremely busy in our service to our Lord, inside and outside of the Bible
Pod. FMM Christians are working inside the jail six days each week with
the support and assistance of the jail staff. We are very grateful for all of
your prayers and support that keeps His ministry in our community strong!
~In His Service, along side of you, Chaplain Matt
Col 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord...”
FMM’s Fruit
from within the
Ottawa County Jail
The accumulated numbers as of
June 1st in Ottawa County by the
Forgotten Man Ministries’
volunteers, under the direction
of Chaplain Larry Norman:
Bible Issues: 305
Intro Bible Courses Issued: 191
Bible Courses Issued: 416
Bible Lessons Graded: 3,176
Bible Courses Completed: 304
Professions of Faith: 61
Bible Pod Classes: 210
Bible Pod Classroom Hours: 525
Bible Pod’s Total Students: 39
Bible Pod Graduates: 9
Bible Study Classes (entire jail): 21
Worship Services (entire jail): 21
Library Carts: 199
Individual Counseling Periods: 112
Drug/Alcohol Classes: 40
Faith Based ProgramsAttendance: 3,233
We truly thank you for your continuous
prayers and generous support!
Please send your questions and / or
comments to:
Forgotten Man Ministries
Chaplain Larry Norman
[email protected]
Chaplain Matt Hansen
[email protected]
Ottawa County Jail
12130 Fillmore
West Olive, MI 49460