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INTERNATIONAL PRISON MINISTRY P.O. Box 2868 Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2868 www.chaplainray.com Founders: Chaplain Ray & Leola Hoekstra

Pastor Bob Hoekstra Dini Hoekstra, Director

February, 2014 Dear Friends of IPM, One of the greatest truths in the Word of God is found in Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Here is a wonderful truth for inmates and for all who have a heart to minister to inmates; indeed, this truth is for all who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” It is the good will of God that we live each day in dependence upon Him. Our heavenly Father is pleased when we face every issue that we encounter with reliance upon and trust in Him. And He wants us to trust Him in every situation with everything that lies within the very core of our being. “And lean not on your own understanding.” Typically, our natural tendency is to depend upon our own understanding concerning what is taking place or what we think needs to happen. Too often, we won’t rest our heart or our minds until we can explain every aspect of what we are facing. The Lord instructs us not to live this way. Then, what is our alternative? “In all your ways acknowledge Him.” The godly alternative to living by our own understanding is to acknowledge the Lord in all of our ways. Whatever we face, we are to confess the Lord as the only One we can lean upon. We are to tell Him (and all who are interested in our lives) that we know God is the only One we can trust to handle the matters that (over please)


pertain to us. We are to hope in Him as the all-wise, allknowing, all-loving Master of our lives. This trusting walk with God always leaves us in the most tremendous place in which we can be. “And He shall direct your paths.” We are to trust in the Lord, and not lean on our own understanding. We are to acknowledge Him in all situations. This will leave us facing each day and each circumstance with this certain promise from the Lord: He Himself assures us that He will lead us by His Spirit and according to His will through all that lies in front of us! May we all continue to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts as we press on to know Him and to serve Him, and in reaching out to others, both inside and outside prison walls. Trusting in the Lord, as We Serve Christ Together,

Dini Hoekstra (for all of our “Chaplain Ray Family” and the IPM team) P.S. Our gift book for this month is Passport to Heaven by Marguerite Farison. P.P.S. We invite you to visit our new and updated website that the Lord has enabled our IPM staff to put together.PTL!

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And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” Rev. 21:3


L E T T E R S F R O M P R I S O N E R S W H O H AV E R E C E I V E D B I B L E S , E D I F I C AT I O N B O O K S , O R I N M AT E T E S T I M O N I A L S F R O M I P M (See reverse side where a sample book is highlighted. This book is available to you as a free appreciation gift upon request.) I Have Gotten So Close To My Heavenly Father and I Am So Blessed Dear International Prison Ministry, My name is Catherine M. and I am incarcerated in a Florida Prison. I have been here 14 months now. I gave up television, radio, newspapers, magazines, gossip magazines and all the trashy stuff. The only thing I read is the Holy Bible and spiritual books. I do correspondence Bible studies and I take a couple classes here at the prison because I want to learn all I can and build my relationship with My Heavenly Father. I have gotten so close to Him and I am blessed. Will you please send me the Practical Bible Dictionary and Concordance? It would be so helpful to me in my studies. God Bless you for all that you do for all of us inmates.

May God Bless You Could you send me a KJV Bible and the Practical Bible, Dictionary and Concordance, testimony and devotional books. I have been up all night reading “Jewels for the Journey” and am blessed by it. May God bless you all so much. Thank you so much for what you do for all the inmates. I would love to read “Holes in Time” and “Lady in the Shadow.” I will be looking forward to receiving all you can send. Thomas H., Miss. Prison

The Grace and Mercy of God Has Set Me Free Dear IPM, I am incarcerated in Texas. I am 54 years old. I was so lost for so long! I have be in prison for almost 6 years now. I have never been so contented or at peace in my life. Thanks to the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. The grace and mercy of my Almighty God and the direction in my life of the Holy Spirit has set me free. Please send me some Spiritual books. Tony H., Texas Prison

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Please Send More Books To IPM, I am just trying to strengthen my relationship with God instead of putting Him on the back burner— kind of like selective hearing when I even listen. Recently my answers have come through prayer. After reading “The Devil Driver,” “Monty Lewis Story” and “Where Flies Don’t Land,” things started to change for me in a good way. Please send more books to me and the other inmates here. Dan S., Iowa Prison

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God has a loving and gracious heart for prisoners (Isaiah 61:1). At the request of many, contributions to IPM can also be made online at www.chaplainray.com It is the policy of I.P.M. to use each gift as it is designated by the donor. If any project is completed, any surplus will be used where it is needed most. INTERNATIONAL PRISON MINISTRY

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Dear Dini Hoekstra,

My gift to encourage prisoners to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Use this gift for Bibles For Prisoners……………...$______ “Library of LifeChanging Books” for Prisoners.... $______ Support for Prison Ministry in Russia & India..…..$______ Use My Offering Where Needed Most……………..$______

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H ERE IS ANOTHER OF THE OUTSTANDING BOOKS THAT OUR M INISTRY P ARTNERS H ELP U S D ISTRIBUTE TO P RISONERS. (A copy of this book is available to you as a gift by requesting it in the box below.)

For all who believe in Jesus, their citizenship is in Heaven “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20 Citizen of Earth You became a temporary citizen of earth when you were born physically onto it: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh…” John 3:6 You were born physically of human parents. Your earthly citizenship ends with your physical death: “...For the things which are seen are temporal…” 2 Corinthians 4:18

Citizen of Heaven You become a permanent citizen of Heaven by being born spiritually into it: “...And that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” John 3:6 This is a spiritual birth, born of God: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” John 3:3 Your citizenship in Heaven will never end: “...But the things which are not seen are eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:18

May the Lord continue to pour out His Spirit upon the heart of every inmate who trusts in Him. The Lord is doing a mighty work in prisons. Many inmates are trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior and are finding their citizenship is now in Heaven.

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February 2014 ministry letter