-- From prison walls to the freedom found in Christ's boundaries --
-- From prison walls to the freedom found in Christ's boundaries -- 
May 15th, 2018
BBQ!
 

Everyone is invited to learn about

Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare!

 

When: June 9th, 5-7 pm

Where: Platte Christian Reformed Church, Platte, SD

What: Grilled Meal with all the Fixings — Hamburgers, brats, beans, and ice cream

Program: A video explaining the ministry of Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare, resident testimonials, and a ministry update

 

(There will be a freewill offering with matching fund possibilities)

 

Please RSVP Gloria at: 605-207-0096 or email at: dngkok@hotmail.com

 

 If you forget to call or email, please come anyway.

We will have room for everyone.

In Christ, the hopeless find hope

May 1st, 2018

SAVE THE DATE(s)!
 
1) Saturday, June 9th: KBPA Benefit Cook-Out
Where: Platte Christian Reformed Church; Platte, SD
What: Grilled Meal with all the Fixings
Program: Video, Testimonials, and Ministry Update / Freewill Offering
 
2) Sunday, June 10th: Old Fashion Hymn Sing / Ice Cream Social
Where: Rock Valley 1st Reformed Church; Rock Valley, IA
What: Hymn Sing
Program: Testimonials, and Ministry Update / Freewill Offering
 
3) Saturday, June 23rd: Summer Concert
Where: New Day Church; Harrisburg, SD
What: Various Musical Groups along with Meal and Refreshments 
Program: Testimonials, and Ministry Update / Freewill Offering
 
More information will be coming out shortly on each of these events. We wanted to let you know now so you can mark your calendars for these informational and enjoyable activities. We look forward to seeing you!
 
Jeff & Rhonda Haverhals - Ministry Directors
We serve a Savior who is eager to forgive.
April 17th, 2018
"Great KBPA Leaders"
Since the beginning of Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare, we have been blessed by a great group of board members. They have worked hard to establish KBPA, oversee its operations, decipher Gods will for expansion, and provide a constant supply of great support.
 
We would like to take the time now to acknowledge several board members that have recently retired from the board and to let you know who continues to serve and well as welcome several new members.
 
KBPA would like to thank Paul Moos, Jeff Alvey, and Mitch Wilson for the time they were on the board. They will be missed. (Jeff Alvey will continue to be involved as our accountant and financial adviser.)
 
Those continuing to serve are Jeff Bass from Hills, MN, John Van Zanten from Rock Valley, IA, Pete Attema from Newcastle, NE, Val & Arch Brummel from Hull, IA, Marv Vos from Sioux Falls, SD, and Rick Castardo from Sioux Falls, SD.
 
Our new board members are: Jason Hiemstra from Sioux Falls, SD, Verlyn Van Regenmorter from Sioux Center, IA, Dave & Gloria Kok from Platte, SD, and Jess Le Blount from Sioux Falls, SD. It is great to have you on board!
 
Thank you all!!!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff and Rhonda Haverhals - Ministry Directors
God's counsel is trustworthy and wise.
April 3rd, 2018
"Lord & Savior"
 
It is a Saturday morning and I am contemplating writing this article when I get two phone calls from men I have come to know in the last couple years. Both men have lived at "The Carpenter's Shop (TCS)", the housing portion of KBPA. Both men struggled at TCS and both were terminated for not adhering to or following the Covenant Agreement that they had agreed to and signed. Both men were eventually sent back to prison. They have since completed their sentences and have been released and have moved to different states.
 
What I have observed in these two men, in others, and even in myself, is the desire for a Savior, but not a Lord. Jesus is a Lord and Savior, and we call Him that, but do we really understand the meaning of these two terms as it relates to Jesus?
 
Savior: "A person who helps people achieve salvation or saves them from something."
 
When we find ourselves in a spot where we can not fix it ourselves we will accept help from others. We want to be saved and this is good because without a sense of hopelessness, we would never seek God (Jesus).
 
But how many want a Lord?
 
Lord: "A person who has authority, control, or power over others, a master, chief, or ruler."
 
In both these men, they are reaching out because they wanted help. But in each, I also see that they want control they just can't quite surrender.
 
Are we all like this to some degree? I know I am. To have a Lord means I need to take the position as a slave and to be obedient. Jesus said, "If you love me keep my commandments." We need to be obedient to all His commandments, not just the ones that are convenient. We love Jesus because He first loved us. He lived, died, and rose again so He could be our Savior and have salvation through Him.
 
Do I, do we, respond by obeying Jesus as our Lord? Jesus Is Lord because He has all authority. Matthew 28:18 "Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go"
 "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." C. S. Lewis
 
Shalom,
 
Jeff Haverhals - Co-director
When God calls, we need to answer.
March 20th, 2018
Triple Blessing!
 
There are many obstacles that individuals face upon release from prison. Life in prison may be a lot of things, but one thing it is not, is fast paced. But that changes quickly once they are "outside the wire". Back in society, life suddenly gets very fast. There are parole meetings, treatment, and aftercare meetings to attend. Along with these things there is the need to get to the grocery store, job interviews, doctor apartments, jobs, church activities, and various other responsibilities. 
 
Getting to all these events can be a little overwhelming, especially when your transportation is by foot, bike, bus, or depending on others. Personal reliable transportation greatly decreases stress and allows individuals a chance for a better job and a quality of life that greatly reduces their desire to go back to old habits.
 
No credit, bad credit, low income, and the availability of value priced reliable vehicles add to the obstacles that keep individuals from becoming more independent productive citizens.
 
To come alongside these individuals, Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare is asking for older reliable vehicles that can be donated to KBPA. KBPA will then sell these vehicles to responsible, working individuals below retail value. The blessings are:
  1. Transportation: providing vehicles that are affordable, below fair market value.
  2. Credit: One American Bank is willing to make car loans to individuals with no or low credit at a very reasonable interest rate.
  3. Financial blessing: an income source for KBPA.
Many times, we find that individuals would rather give material gifts verses monetary gifts. Thank you for considering giving a material gift that is also a financial blessing.
We need each other to get where God 
wants us to go.

March 6th, 2018

 

Felon Friendly
"Felon Friendly" is a term that we often use to describe people or places. When those previously incarcerated are looking for a place to live, KBPA has a list of "felon friendly" landlords. These are those that are willing to rent to previously incarcerated individuals. It is the same when looking for a job. Are employers "felon friendly"? Unfortunately we even must ask this question when looking for a church for our residents to attend. Not all churches are "felon friendly." I am happy to report that there are many, and I would say most churches are welcoming to these individuals. But there have been a few instances when KBPA residents were asked not to come back.
 
Felon, by definition "is a person that has been convicted of a felony." Or in other words, someone who has committed and has been found guilty of breaking the law.
 
Isn't it awesome that we have a "felon friendly" God!!
 
Rom. 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners (felons), Christ died for us.
 
Thankfully, because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice, all can receive a pardon and have our 'felony' convictions removed.
 
Please continue to pray for the board, staff, volunteers, and the individuals that the world calls felons. We need to remember that we are all loved by God, and redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
   

 

When God forgives, our guilt is gone.

February 20th, 2018
When just about everything is taken from you, 
simple things become treasures!
Christmas is a special time of the year for many and hard for others, but for those incarcerated it can be especially difficult. In order to help bring a little Christmas joy for those incarcerated, Christmas sacks are given to each of the men. The sacks come filled with hard candy, peanuts, fudge, and a special treat, a Christmas card. These cards are handmade, usually by children, and are especially precious.
 
When just about everything is taken from you, simple things become treasures. Thank you from the men to all who have made fudge, provided the funds to buy the peanuts and candy, to all who made cards and everyone who help organize, collect, and distribute the sacks of Christmas.

 

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In 2007 I was brought to prison (Sioux Falls) from Rapid City to do my 11.5 years. I did not know until Christmas came around that we got bags of fudge and peanuts, also with pieces of candy. 
 
The fudge was very good. Also in with the fudge was a home-made Christmas card. In 2007 I got my first one from Jasmine, and I have saved each one thereafter.
 
I believe each year when Christmas came around I was more interested in the Christmas card than the fudge. Sometimes I would give my fudge away to guys as gifts.
 
The cards touched my heart because a little child was making the cards for someone they did not know. They did it because they CARED to do it for someone that did not have a family to send them a Christmas card. I also believe it was something fun for they to do.
 
Ronald Reaves                                                                                                                      Let others see your testimony as well as hear it.
February 6th, 2018                                             Thank you for your condolences!
We would like to take this time to thank everyone for your prayers and condolences these past weeks while our mom's health failed, and on her passing on January 17th, 2018. We were truly blessed to been born into a family with such a wonderful mom and mother-in-law. 
 
While it is hard to lose someone so special, she had made it easy by her devotion to the Lord and her desire to go see Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:8 was on her mind continually this past year, "Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord." NLT 
 
This is what she had written down for instructions for her service and I quote "death in the Lord is not a tragedy / death with the Lord is triumph and joy everlasting" and she added "Let the message be one of comfort - but more importantly one stressing the necessity and urgency of claiming and confessing Jesus Christ as the only way to have eternal life in Heaven." 
 
With mom's passing we grieve, but also celebrate that she has gone where she has desired to go. We are also reminded of the "urgency and necessity" of Matthew 28:19 "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." 
 
Again, thank you for your continued prayers and support.  
 
Jeff and Rhonda
"death in the Lord is not a tragedy / death with the Lord is triumph and joy everlasting"
January 23rd, 2018
Christmas at KBPA!
On Christmas Day the residents and staff enjoyed a wonderful dinner together. In the afternoon many men and staff members played some pool, carpet pool, and card games. Other men watched football in their apartments. All the men enjoyed receiving Christmas care packages from area churches and people. Some men were glad to celebrate Christmas on the outside of prison this year. Other men were depressed, since they couldn't celebrate Christmas with their families.
 
The Christmas packages of cards and treats brought joy and happiness to all the men. Some men were completely amazed to have received cards and treats from people around the community. I was reminded of Matthew 25:34-36 when Jesus is teaching about His coming again as the Son of Man to his disciples on the Mount of Olives. We look forward to that day when Jesus will return for the final judgement. But until his return Jesus is calling us to serve and love one another.
 
We are called to serve others with faith, love and hope in Jesus Christ. It says in Matthew 25:40, "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Kingdom Boundaries would like to say thanks for the donations of clothes, Christmas trees, decorations, Christmas treats and Christmas cards for the men at Kingdom Boundaries.  
We thank everyone for supporting the Kingdom Boundaries ministry in 2017. We ask that you may consider supporting the ministry of Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare in 2018 as well. Please feel free to contact us for tour of the buildings and thanks for visiting our website.  
 
Sincerely,
Mark Van Der Brink
Kind words can lift a heavy heart.
January 9th, 2018
A KBPA Chaplain!
Hello, my name is Mark Van Der Brink. In December of 2017 I joined the staff at Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare as chaplain. I am also a student at Sioux Falls Seminary. In May of this year, I will be graduating with a Master of Divinity degree. I am also seeking ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament with the West Sioux Classis of Reformed Church of America. I am an active member at a speech club called Sodak Toastmasters in Sioux Falls.
 
My wife is Lisa. We have been married for 30 years. We have two sons in Rock Valley, Iowa, and a daughter in Inwood, Iowa. We are also blessed with four grandchildren. In June of 2014 my wife and I moved from Rock Valley to Sioux Falls. We are members of the Doon Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa. We also attend worship services at the Good News Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
 
In April 2012 I felt the Lord calling me into the ministry. I also felt that Lord was calling me to minister to the discipleship of men and to prison chaplaincy. In October 2017 the Lord revealed his mission for me. It was to minister to those in prison because of the high rate of recidivism for men and women in prison. I have listened to both female and male inmates tell about their struggles on the outside while on parole or after their completed sentence.
 
As a chaplain for Kingdom Boundaries I am reminded of the words from 1 John 3:16-24.  In verse 18 it says, "Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." You and I are called to show the love of God in words and action to those men at Kingdom Boundaries. The ministry at Kingdom Boundaries happens because of prayers, financial support, staff, and volunteers.
 
The Apostle Paul writes,
"The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building." 1 Cor. 3:8-9
As we look ahead to the new year, let's remember
 that God has always been and always will be
 faithful.
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