-- From prison walls to the freedom found in Christ's boundaries --
-- From prison walls to the freedom found in Christ's boundaries -- 
May 15th, 2019
GET OUT OF THE JUDGMENT SEAT
 
Max Lucado in his book, "Grace for the Moment" a daily devotional dated May 4, Max wrote the following.
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"You will be judged in the same way that you judge others."Matthew 7:2
 
We condemn a man for stumbling this morning, but we didn't see the blows he took yesterday. We judge a woman for the limp in her walk, but we cannot see the tack in her shoe. We mock the fear in their eyes, but have no idea how many stones they have ducked or darts they have dodged.
 
Are they too loud? Perhaps they fear being neglected again. Are they too timid?  Perhaps they fear failing again. Too slow? Perhaps they fell the last time they hurried. You don't know. Only one who has followed yesterday's steps can be their judge.
 
Not only are we ignorant about yesterday, we are ignorant about tomorrow. Dare we judge a book while chapters are yet unwritten? Should we pass a verdict on a painting while the artist still holds the brush? How can you dismiss a soul until God's work is complete? "God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again"  (Philippians 1:6).
Max Lucado
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Max's words are a great reminder to me and should be to all of us. We need to be careful not to be quick to make an assumption about someone with out first getting to know them.
 
So many of the men that we walk along side at KB have struggled or are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. And many of these same men also struggle with depression and anxiety. As I visit with men in the application process I will often ask them why they used drugs or alcohol. Some say it was just too party or fit in. In some cases I think this is true. Other times I feel that this what they grew up around. It was always available and was the norm. Their parents used or drank, and they never knew anything different.
 
But very often, if they start to open up, I find that there is a deep-seated wound albeit sexual abuse, physical and/or verbal abuse, or a hole in their heart that is there from a parent, especially a dad, that they never knew. As a parent that has been a dad to foster kids, and having 4 adopted kits of our own, I am maybe a little more sensitive to the number of these men that grew up in the foster system with an absent parent or as an adopted child.
 
There are many good foster parents and parents that have adopted children. I am the first to say thank you, and good job. But even with good families, many of these children/adults still wonder why. This often leads to depression and anxiety, especially if not addressed correctly.  
 
I can remember a time in my life, as a kid growing up, that my attitude towards those in prison was "lock them up and throw away the key. Shortly after I got married I was introduced to a neighbor of my wife's parents that talked to me about the M-2 program. This is a program that connects a man from outside prison with a man with similar interests that is incarcerated. I knew from growing up that this was highly recommended. Jesus makes this clear in Matthew 25.
 
After visiting with the first couple guys it came apparent to me that they were very ordinary people that made a bad choice. One that I remember quite well was a young man 20 years old. This was 35 years ago and to be honest, I don't even remember his name. But what I do remember is that he was in prison for drug abuse. He was a nice clean cut kid and very polite. He started telling me that he grew up with his mom and a stepdad. When in high school, when he came home from school there would be drugs on the kitchen table. He never had been given a good example. Mom and stepdad used, so why would it be any different for him?
 
Max, in his devotional, made a very valid point. A point that I have come to understand firsthand. It is a great reminder to me and should be to all of us. We need to be careful not to be quick in making an assumption about someone without first getting to know them and their story.
 
Many of the men that I have come to know over the years never really had an opportunity to know anything but chaos and brokenness.
 
Who am I to judge?
 
Jeff Haverhals - Ministry Director
Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You when I feel upset by other people. Protect me, guide me, and help me to trust You in every situation.
May 1st, 2019
 
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded  by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
 
I have again been reminded in the last couple weeks of "The sin that so easily entangles." I had to terminate a gentleman for smoking pot in one of the apartments. Another resident got arrested and charged with a DWI. It is times like this that I wonder what is going on? Why can't men get past their old life and the sin that so easily entangles.  
 
And then I see a Facebook post entitled "Every Careless Word" pertaining to Matthew 12:36 "But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgement for every empty word they have spoken." And then I think, why can't I get past the sin that easily entangles. Sin is sin, no matter what category we humans put them in.  
 
Please continue to be in prayer for the men, board and staff of KBPA. It is the prayers of "the great cloud of witnesses" that will be heard by our Father and sustain us all as we walk alongside fellow brothers and sisters, no matter their past.
 
Thank you for all the prayers and your support.  
 
Jeff 
Lord, may I respond in obedience and share Your love with others as You have loved me - God's love restores.
April 2, 2019
Roofing Repairs 
 
Last December Kingdom Boundaries Aftercare was blessed to be able to purchase a third property adjacent to "The Carpenter's Shop" and the "The Master's House". The "Holy Spirit Inn" was purchased at a reduced rate knowing that the roof needed repair. We are now in the process of taking bids to have this roof repaired. The initial estimate was around $12,000. (As of now, we are unsure if the sheeting under the shingles needs to be replaced.)
 
In addition, the board has decided to have one of our garage roofs repaired. The cost for this will be around $1,500.
 
There are a couple of reasons for writing about this at this time.
  • The cost of these endeavors would be reduced if we had some volunteer help. Please let us know if you are interested in helping.
  • Secondly, if you would be interested in contributing financially, you can send a check marked as "roofing project" in the memo line or hit the donate button to make an online donation specifically for this need.
If you have any questions, please call our office at: 605-201-8493 or my cell phone at 605-695-0048.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff Haverhals - Ministry Director
The best reason for hope is God's faithfulness.  
     Dear God, help me trust You today even when I can't see what You are doing.      You are faithful.
March 19th, 2019
 
Hello! My name is Kevin and I am privileged to be a new staff member at Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare (KBPA). The process of becoming more involved at KBPA started two years ago. (But even before that, God has been preparing me for this.) My background includes mission work in India and Romania. I have also been involved with Christian non-profits in the area. All have included helping people that were hurting.
 
In the spring of 2017 I was involved with the M2 inmate mentoring program at the South Dakota state penitentiary. The man that I was visiting at that time knew about KBPA. He suggested that I look into KBPA, thinking that I would enjoy helping out there. It sounded interesting to me, so I contacted Jeff and arranged a meeting to learn more about the KBPA program.
 
Almost immediately I got involved as a volunteer helping with informational emails and website design. During this time, I got to know Jeff and Rhonda and their hearts, and their leading to help men getting out of prison transition back into society. Also, I was able to meet many of the residents while spending time at KBPA.
 
Now I have been given the opportunity to help more at KBPA. I'm excited to be able to help with some of the administrative things here that will allow the other staff to spend more time with one-on-one ministry. I am also looking forward to getting to know the guys that go through here and help them in any way I can.
 
As you can see, getting involved here has been a process. It is great to see how God how shown His will to me and allowed me to serve at KBPA.
 
Kevin Hagen
God patiently directs us as we trust Him and listen for His voice. 
Father, You've promised to guide us through the ups and downs and decisions we face in life. Help us to trust and follow You, and to actively listen for Your guiding voice.
March 5th, 2019
Growth & Change 
 
Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare (KBPA) continues to grow and expand. In 2013 KBPA was established with the idea of assisting men as they left the prison system. We would simply meet them at the gate and plug them into existing programs that were currently operating in the area.
 
It soon became apparent that the lack of safe suitable housing was a large deterrent to the success of men re-entering society. KBPA started with a single room in a motel for 3 men. God has blessed KBPA. It has now grown and is able to offer housing for up to 22 men. Since starting the housing portion of the ministry, KBPA has provided housing for 135 plus men. It has also assisted many others with other types of support in these few short years.
 
It is because of this that the current staff has not been able to keep up with the needs of the individuals that are seeking help. To better serve men as they leave the prison system and possibly start a program for women, KBPA has hired Kevin Hagen on a part-time basis.
 
Kevin's position will be office manager. He will help and assist Rhonda, Mark, and myself. This will free up time for us which will allow us to spend more time with the residents and with those supporting KBPA.
 
There will be more about Kevin in our next email.
 
Thank you for your prayers and support!
 
Jeff Haverhals - Ministry Director
February 2, 2019
Cursillo Weekend
 
Soon, another Cursillo weekend will be getting underway. The leadership team has been meeting and planning for what again will be two weekends of spiritual growth and transformation. This will be true for those who serve at Cursillo, and especially true for the candidates that attend.
 
I would like to thank all of you that work very hard to make sure this event continues year after year. Also, thank you to all of you have been willing and able to sponsor candidates. This too, is a big commitment. 
 
Kingdom Boundaries is excited that there are men at KB that are looking forward to this event. They have been blessed to be a part of Brothers In Blue (BIB) weekends while incarcerated. They now look forward to attending Cursillo.
 
When asked what Cursillo is, I will often say it is BIB on steroids. This has those that can attend to look forward to the Cursillo weekend with great excitement. So thank you to all that have made a BIB and/or an "At The Well" weekend happen. (They mean more than you know for the men and women behind the walls that attend these.)
 
Please continue to be in prayer for these kinds of spiritual enrichment events. Also, pray for those that are looking outside of themselves and to Jesus for peace in their lives. Lastly, would you consider walking alongside KB in sharing in the cost of sponsoring the men from KB?
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at 605-695-0048.
 
Thanks you!
 
Jeff Haverhals - Ministry Director
You won't stumble in the dark if you walk in the light of God's Word. 
Father, please fill my heart with Your Word so I can have the light I need for today!
January 8th, 2019
RESOLUTIONS
 
Philippians 3:13-14 "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
 
Happy New Years to everyone! On the first of year many people will set new resolutions or goals for the coming year of 2019. Those New Year's resolutions are tradition for many in both the Western world and Eastern world. A resolution is when a person decides to change something like a trait or behavior, achieve a personal goal, or wanting to make improvements in their life.
 
Today the five most popular resolutions are to lose weight, quit smoking, get organized, get out of debt, and find a better a job. A study has shown that 88% of those set resolutions will fail. This study suggested setting small measurable goals rather than unrealistic goals.
 
All residents are required to complete an application when coming to Kingdom Boundaries. In the application the applicant is asked to list their goals for one month, three months, six months, one year, and two years. The Kingdom Boundaries ministry is designed to assist these individuals in reaching these goals. These goals can be achieved by staying focused on their relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
Another key element in reaching these goals is by having contact with a mentor. (A mentor is someone that can provide advice, a listening ear and encouragement.) The KBPA staff are able to provide this service and assistance for the residents, but still need help from individuals or area churches. KBPA would like thank those individuals or churches for being mentors to those men or women in prison and residents at Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare.
 
You and I also have goals for this coming year. Yes, we can achieve our goals by setting small measure goals. We also need Christian mentors to keep us accountable to reaching our goals. We all have different goals this year. God called us to a goal of heavenward in Christ Jesus.
 
Please contact KBPA staff if you would like more information about mentoring or assisting a resident. You can also visit our website for information about our ministry and clicking on "Get Involved." Thanks for all your prayers, encouragement and support for this coming year. In this coming year we look forward to continuing assisting men being released from prison walls to the freedom found Christ's boundaries.
 
Blessing,
 
Mark Van Der Brink
We can model Christ's love by doing what we can to serve others.
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