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May, Issue 3

2016: Inspired by Him Volume 5

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:11-12

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May, Issue 3

Letter from the Editor

I pray that you will rejoice with us as we celebrate four years of Kingdom work here with Inspiration Ministries and through the Cupbearer Café in Auburn, Indiana. I remember thinking in prison that everyday looked the same. Same blue suits, same yellow lines, and same chow. But something happened when Jesus started changing my life. He started giving me His eyes to see, and soon I started thinking that I didn’t have enough time in prison to accomplish His mission. My hope is that you are not simply doing time, but that you are being intentional about the decisions you make and the ministry you cultivate every single day. Even when I was down to my last couple years, I knew the decisions I was making had great implications for my future outside those walls. Pray to the Lord for fresh vision for your life, and I believe that He will respond. I know that He will melt your heart all over again.

It was such a thrill to hear reports from our Behind the Walls team after they visited Westville Correctional Institution in April. We are now scheduled to go the second Saturday of every month, and we are excited to see how the Lord uses our team to share the Gospel and encourage inmates.  

Please be in prayer with us as God continues to stretch us for His Kingdom’s sake. Here in DeKalb County, the Holy Spirit is building relationships and programs to be a part of the great harvest of souls here in the Tri-State region.  This summer is going to be a part of a season of engagement and training that is going to equip saints to share the Gospel and walk alongside men and women as they experience the transformative power of Jesus Christ.  

This fall we are praying for a great impact with Celebrate Recovery. That alongside Authentic Men of Purpose, we are seeing some growth in those who have recently received Christ. And we are praying for Tyler, a young man recently released from jail, who is experiencing the grace of God in his life, but hasn’t accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior yet.  

Lastly, I look forward to you hearing from Jason Wilkinson, our newest staff member here with Inspiration Ministries. Jason has a heart for ministry and service, so he is a great fit. You’ll hear from him in July along with some new team members that are making for a well-functioning unit to display the love of Jesus with every cup of coffee we serve, book we sell, and every meal we give away. We desire for Jesus to be glorified under this roof.  

So, I will end with the reminder to REST in Christ Jesus because He is more than enough. Take a moment to hear His voice and respond to the Holy Spirit as He breathes fresh anointing into your life and ministry.    Until next time, Saints, be inspired by HIM,

Andrew L. Foster  

Inspiration Ministries, Director & Founder

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Director by Andrew Foster
  • Write to Inspiration Ministries by The Inspiration Team
  • Various Poetry by Don Chaffin
  • Trust by Dan Evans
  • Minstrel Minister Across America by Greg Lamoureux
  • Jesus is Awesome by Floyd Turner
  • The Potter & The Vessel by Joshua Price
  • Doers by John Wayne Dorminy
  • Power in Prayer by Leonard Rera
  • R.E.A.L. by Errol Mumby

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  • wilson gonzalez"We have found the opportunity through Inspiration Ministries to express not just our feelings but also the words that the Holy Spirit puts in our hearts to share with others. I see I.M. as a channel of communication between the church...read more
    Wilson Gonzalez
  • james rogers jr"When I met Anthony Ponds, James Summers, and Rigdel De Lardilles back in 2011, I heard a lot about Brother Andrew Foster, and the Inspiration Ministries movement here at Quincy. But not only did I hear about him and ministry events...read more
    James Rogers
  • robert miller"A year ago my world was shifted. I was discouraged, alone, and in need of something/someone to embrace me. It would be pious to say, “All I needed was the assurance that the Lord was with me,” because reality is sometimes you don’t feel that way...read more
    Robert Miller
  • david owen"The newsletter is an integral part of my daily spiritual walk in prison. I don’t say that lightly and here’s why: “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV). The newsletter is primarily written by prisoners and ex-prisoners for prisoners...read more
    David Owen
  • rigdel de lardilles 01"In one word, the Inspiration Newsletter to me means Hope. If anyone has ever done time behind the walls or been down and out, you can relate; there is always someone there to let you know just how bad you messed up, or how impossible it's going to be to bounce back...read more
    Rigdel De Lardilles
  • christopher bachmann"The newsletter means so very much to me because it has been and continues to be a great source of encouragement and inspiration to me. I am so thankful to Brother Andy for his faith in following God’s vision. In turn, he gave it to us...read more
    Christopher Bachmann