The Concert this afternoon was an emotional one. Larch's days are numbered and with it's pending closure there is a lot of uncertainty for the men who have worked hard to get here. Unlike some of the prisons around the state, Larch prisoners have to earn the right to be there. Good behavior, follow-thru, etc. have also made for a facility that runs well and men who have come to Christ are growing and mentoring others. They even have an awesome worship team! Most have come for their final stay behind bars before being released and do not look forward to being re-integrated into the main line prison system.
Today, after the concert, many came forward and we just talked and prayed with them. One young man told me that 3 or 4 men he would never expect to stay and listen, did. He said, "Kate, I almost left, but felt led to come back and tell you to not stop what you're doing. The way you share is really making an impact and changing our lives..." Would you pray for the transition most of these men will have to go through? Larch will close it's doors in February 2011. Pray that those who know God will see this as their mission field instead of feeling discouraged. Pray also that we would get one more chance to go in before it closes.