As some of you who have been following my blog for some time know, for a year now, we regularly go the the local jail to visit the inmates and give them religious instruction. These days, we go on Fridays and give a teaching on the gospel message for the following Sunday.
Last Friday, which was also a holiday, my hubby decided he would celebrate his birthday with the inmates of the jail so we ordered a hundred packs of "pancit palabok" (a local noodle dish - we have a tradition of serving long noodles symbolizing long life). As we went on our way to the jail, I marveled at how God can work in our lives such that on a holiday, on his birthday, my dear hubby was so happy to go visit the jail. When we were first given the opportunity to serve in the city jail and when I asked my hubby if we could do this, his first reaction was, "Are you crazy?" He laughs at this now but at the time, he was appalled that I was actually seriously thinking about it. It did sound like a crazy idea. But, as I wrote before, it has been a joy to see God work and my hubby's change of heart is an example. After his initial reaction, he said yes, and the rest is history. My wonderful husband is now the leader of our prison ministry.
When we arrived and the inmates were told it was his birthday, we could feel their genuine joy and well wishes for him. And he, too, was beaming with joy as they sang Happy Birthday to him.
This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:23prison blog (she also posts pictures of oil paintings made by the inmates and being sold for the equivalent of $25!)