I lost my way, then I lost my hand

I lost my way, then I lost my hand

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By Jerel Skeith


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Dear Supporters of PiFO,

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

In Psalm 20:7, we are reminded that our trust should never be in chariots or horses—the things of this world. Our confidence is in God, not in presidents. And God knows exactly what is going to happen in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. He has a plan and future for each of us.

For Joshua, one of our students in the Corban extension at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI), God had a plan and a future carved out for him that was totally unexpected.

Joshua’s father is an evangelist and his step-father is a preacher. Joshua grew up with God in his life every day. He thought he knew what God’s plan for him was. But at some point he lost his way. Through his own actions and choices, God was no longer in his life.

Joshua became a fire fighter. One time during a fire, Joshua was burned while rescuing a child. The burn was so severe that he lost his hand. His life went into a downward spiral. Soon afterward, Joshua also lost his freedom. He was sentenced to a lengthy prison term in the Oregon Department of Corrections.

While in prison, Joshua came back to the Lord. He came back to the Word. He came to Ephesians 1:17-18 which says in part…“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ…may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…” God spoke to Joshua through this scripture.

Joshua felt he was being called to bring hope to his fellow prisoners through the Corban extension in OSCI. He is now in his second year of studies at OSCI. Joshua is gaining in wisdom and knowledge of the Lord.

He is being prepared to “go out” and demonstrate the hope and love of Jesus Christ to other men in the prison system.

Please pray that Joshua, and his classmates, will have the eyes of their hearts enlightened so they can follow through with God’s purpose in their lives.

In the midst of our current circumstances, I hope and pray that we can also receive the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge and bring hope and love to our fellow neighbors.

Ever grateful,