Saturday, April 23, 2005

Letter about pictures to prisoners and Silvana's beautiful answer

Hi. I would like to request a picture for myself but also if you could send extras as I have recently gotten involved in the local jail ministry and I know that the men and women there would love to see his face daily as a positive reminder! Thank You. They will allow laminated pictures for the minimum security inmates! Isnt that wonderful. Its a horrible place to be but the Lord is really working in there!!!

Good. We are being flooded by requests since we were put on some free items site. So we will put your request at the top of the list of expedited pictures. Since we were all prisoners until Jesus freed us, we know that the prisoners need hope. Jesus really does use these pictures, measured and painted from the Shroud, to reach people quickly. A prisoner wrote to us that a fellow inmate had given him a very small picture of Jesus that had been sent to him by his sister. She had written to us for pictures. He took this picture and taped it to the ceiling. He said that for a long, long time since his incarceration, he had been angry and bitter, consumed by thoughts about self. He had a wife and children, but never really gave much thought to them. Day after day he would fret and fume and be angry. But then, he said, looking at the picture of Jesus day by day, his heart began to soften. He began to look outside of himself and see the harm and pain he had caused to so many. And then, (this is the most important part) he began to talk to Jesus and pour out his troubles to Him. And Jesus began to answer him. He began to want to do something for his loved ones. And so his journey begins, Jesus leading the way.

The pictures are a tool that the Holy Spirit uses to break through swiftly, into the spirit and into the heart. A tool that causes people to feel moved, and want to do something about it. The Passion film is the same. They create an highway to cause people to see their sin and leave it with whole hearts. And not just that, but to begin to talk to Jesus, their friend, their Bridegroom. And He, with gladness, talks to His Bride. And the words He says bring relief, truth, peace. In a world at war, with the despairing and hopeless and suicidal all around us, what a great tool He has given us. Any help you can give is appreciated, a book of stamps, or printing pictures for us, or just praying for our needs as we will pray for yours. God bless you, and I will let you know when your pictures and the DVD's are sent. Show the film to whomsoever, as He leads.

In Jesus
Silvana Lupetti
April 21, 2005