May 15th, 2019
OUT OF THE JUDGMENT SEAT
Max Lucado in his book, "Grace for the Moment"
a daily devotional dated May 4, Max wrote the following.
"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'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
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.
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.
Jeff Haverhals -
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.
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
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
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.
God patiently directs us as we trust Him and listen for His
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
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
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
Thank you for your prayers and
Jeff Haverhals - Ministry Director