NEWSLETTER – August, 2013

PIM 2nd anniversary – The month of August has an important meaning for my ministry to immigrants in prison. On August 1st, 2005, I was authorized, after going through some training, to start Bible studies in Portuguese among immigrants at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.  At that time I was still the pastor of Christ is Life Presbyterian Church, and my visits to the prison were part of my ministry in that Congregation. With increased demand for new Bible Studies groups at that and other prisons, PIM (Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry) was created in August 2011 and, after being released from my duties as pastor of Christ is Life, I began to serve it full time. Therefore, this year PIM is celebrating its second anniversary.

To celebrate this anniversary I’m engaged in producing a video with testimonies by some former inmates who were released from prison and allowed to stay in the USA to continue their legalization process. In order to accomplish this goal, I visited four former inmates. Two of them are living in Connecticut and two in Massachusetts. I intend to get the video edited for presentation at our coming Presbytery meeting and at churches as well.

I thank all of you who are keeping PIM in your prayers, as well as those who are providing support with donations.  Please join us in a special prayer of gratitude to God for sending us partners like you. Thank you very much for your support.

Donations received:

– Henry Ruppenthal

– Igreja Presbiteriana – Boston, MA

– First Presbyterian Church – Stamford, CT

– Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana de Boston, MA

Please send your donations by check or money order made out to: Presbytery of Southern New England 123 Elm Street #200 – Old Saybrook, CT 06475 – Important: write a note designating your offer to the Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry.

Day

Prison (all units)

Attendance

06

Plymouth

15

07

Boston

31

09

Dartmouth

13

13

Plymouth

11

14

Boston

30

16

Dartmouth

15

20

Plymouth

08

21

Boston

21

23

Dartmouth

22

27

Plymouth

locked down

28

Boston

30

30

Dartmouth

19

 Letters Received

From I.S. – “Dear Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry. God bless you for what you are doing for the immigrant people. I rejoice in the Lord because He is faithful and never fails in His promises. God loves us so much that He even sends someone to preach the Gospel in prison, giving hope and salvation to people who never heard His word before. I have seen how the enemy tries to destroy us, to bring us down and put us to shame; but we know that for those who trust in the Lord, all things work together for their good. I’ve been held in custody by ICE for almost 3 months, and these haven’t been the best days of my life. Sadly, these have been the worst times I ever lived. I’m facing deportation right now, but I don’t lose faith and hope that God will do something supernatural in my case. Right now I’m in the middle of the storm, but I know the Lord is going to deliver me from all my troubles. While here I have not only sung praises to the Lord, but I have also preached to the people here. He (the Lord), has put me before of these people here in prison as their leader. The Lord has been good to me, so good that He healed me from asthma in this prison. I had been suffering from asthma since I was a kid. I went to many hospitals but nobody was able to help me. Yet my Lord healed me 2 weeks ago. I am and forever will be thankful to Him. Brethren, I want to ask you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to pray for me. As the leader of the inmates in this unit I face a lot of obstacles, but I know that anything/everything is possible with God. The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”

From S. S. – “Hi pastor Gerson. I’m in prison here in Boston and I’m always glad when you come here every Wednesday. Do you remember when I asked if you considered me able to preach the Gospel here in prison? I did it for the first time in my life and I succeeded. I became a Christian here in the prison and I thank God for the opportunity He gave me. I didn’t have the opportunity to be baptized yet, because I met Jesus here in this prison. I’ve been here for 8 months, and as soon I leave this place I’ll find a Church where I’ll seek to be baptized. Forgive me, please, my poor letters, because I studied for only 4 years in my whole life. Thank you.”

Rev. Gerson and Victor
Rev. Gerson and Victor
Left to right, Rev. Gerson, Wilson and Rodrigo
Left to right, Rev. Gerson, Wilson and Rodrigo

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