-- From prison walls to the freedom found in Christ's boundaries --
-- From prison walls to the freedom found in Christ's boundaries -- 

July 7th, 2020

John & Mary Van Zanten
 
I am not sure when I first met John and Mary, but I think it was on a Friday night some years ago while attending a Cornerstone Church worship service on the "Hill." (The "Hill" is South Dakota's main prison in Sioux Falls.)
 
There are times when someone will ask "How did you get to know this person or that person", and quite often I can say, "we met in prison." Over the years I have met many good people in prison, both those that are residents and those that are volunteers. John and Mary were of course volunteers, and over the years I have had the privilege of working alongside of them.
 
John was a very instrumental when Kingdom Boundary Prison Aftercare was getting established in 2013. He was KBPA's 1st board president. After a couple years John felt it important to step back and let someone else have that position, but he stayed on the board for the next several years. John recently retired from the board, but he stays in contact, calls occasionally, and always is a voice of encouragement.
 
Mary rarely missed a meeting that John attended. She sat quietly and listened and like John, always was and continues to be a voice of encouragement. Over the past few years, I have talked with many men on the inside. Many of them will mention how much they appreciated both John and Mary for faithfully attending the Friday night services on the Hill.
 
John, with Mary's encouragement and support, has also been instrumental in many other ministries over the years. I know I am not aware of them all, but a few that I know of are Hope Haven, Cornerstone, and Metalcraft Industries.
 
John and Mary, I want to say thank you for the time you invested in KBPA. The rest of the staff and board of KBPA also want to say thank you. In addition, I am sure that if given the opportunity there are countless others that would say thank you as well. You are both good examples "of being a servant" to the rest of us.
 
It is rare to see a couple like John and Mary. They both give so much and always give all the credit to God.
 
God bless and again thank you.
 
Jeff Haverhals - Ministry Director
 
*** We would also like to congratulate John and Mary on their 70th wedding anniversary that they celebrated on July 3.

You, God, are always showering me with Your gifts of love. I praise You for caring for me.

June 23, 2020
Please pray for Bailey
"A new resident at Kingdom Boundaries"
Bailey
 
Length of incarceration:3.5 years
 
Prayer Requests:
  1. That I remain in the Body & in the Word.
  2. That the Holy Spirit continues to work in me on a daily basis.
  3. That my son stays healthy.
  4. That I surround myself with the right people.
With our new life in Christ we have been given a new purpose.

June 9th 2020
Questions
 
There is a woman on YouTube (Jukin Media)[1] that makes an announcement from home giving safety measures against Covid-19. She starts out by saying "The rules are very clear, so let us go over them again. First you must not go out of the house for any reason unless you have a reason, then you may leave the house. All stores are closed, except those that are open ......."  
 
She goes on spelling out rules (guidelines) that in the end seem silly and contradict each other. There is a lot of different opinions or guidelines out there, but which ones are accurate?
 
Maybe this should not surprise me, but people do the same with religion and what we put our faith in. People worldwide will ask a similar question as the religious leader asked Jesus "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?" or in other words, "what do I have to do to be saved"? There are as many opinions and as much confusion to this question as there is to Covid-19.
 
I would dare say that this epidemic has left many wondering what the answer is to this very question. Isn't it awesome that the Christian faith has the answer? Jesus -- "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and we will be saved."  
 
Heidelberg Q&A #1
Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A. That I am not my own,
but belong-body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
 
Thank you Father, that you so loved the world that you sent Jesus. Thank you Jesus, for being obedient.
 
Jeff Haverhals
 

Give God thanks for being your hiding place today. = Father, the world around me can feel threatening, overwhelming, and dangerous. But You give me peace, strength, and help.

May 26, 2020
 

Jesse

 

Incarcerated: 5 years

 

Unfortunately, Jesse is no longer at Kingdom Boundaries. Jesse not only started using drugs again, but also negatively affected other KB residents by encouraging and supplying illegal drugs. Jesse, like many that while incarcerated, have a strong desire to stay free of old habits and vises. KB is very aware of this and tries to encourage men to be careful who the communicate with. These men are no different than we and are easily influenced by their peers and sometimes become the person that they hang with.

The following are the prayer requests he wrote down when he arrived. Please pray that Jesse finds the "right" way. Thank you!

Prayer Requests:
 
1. That all the residents here can improve their relationship with God.
 
2. Guidance for myself. I'm new to Sioux Falls and would like to meet some good genuine church going people that can have a positive impact on me.
 
3. Pray for my family. My mother's health hasn't been great for a few years. Pray for her to gain strength so she would be able to come  to visit.
 
4. Pray for patience and wisdom for me during these stressful times. Pray that everyone will use this Covid experience to grow closer to the Lord.
Aaron

Incarcerated: 19.5 years
 
Prayer Requests:
 
1. Please pray for safety and prosperity as a nation, now and in the future.
2. Please pray for the men and women in positions of authority in our nation's government. That they have the people in mind and that they have the fortitude to do so.
3. Please pray for the people with Covid. That they have the physical and mental strength to pull through.
4. Please pray for my continued success in this new phase of my life.
James

Incarcerated: 14 years
 
Prayer Requests:
  1. For the strength to remain sober and to be able to fight off my additions.
  2. For my family as my father passed away this month while I was incarcerated.
  3. For the ability to fight off temptations.
  4. To be able to turn to the Good Book with any doubts that I may have.
Our lives are a window through which others can see Jesus. = Please, God, draw us close to You. Fill us with Your Spirit of love and joy and peace. Enable us to be a shining light in our world.
May 12, 2020
Aaron, a current resident at Kingdom Boundaries
 
At the age of 18 I was sent to prison for 20 years. In that time, I missed a lot. Things like births, deaths, graduations, and all the other ups and downs in life my family experienced without me.
 
My life was contained in a 5 by 9 cage, so I settled in for the long haul. While inside I got my GED, got a job, went to church services and Bible studies, and fell into a routine and felt comfortable.
 
Then, about 2 years from my initial parole, I started to get scared. I was not sure where I was going to go or what I was going to do, or how I was going to get there. All this uncertainty really made me nervous as my date got nearer. So, I prayed for help and I prayed for guidance.
 
After that, people started to mention that I should look into Kingdom Boundaries. So I did and was excepted into the program with open arms. The help this program provides was and is an answer to prayer.
 
I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about their relationship with God and getting their life back on track. I hope and pray that everyone has the opportunity to be a part of this program. Also, I can't wait to be in a position in life to give back to this ministry.
 
Aaron
We are in the best place we can imagine when we go to God in prayer. = Father, our hope is in You. Forgive us for seeking answers apart from You. Draw us close to You today.
April 28th, 2020
 
At one of our weekly Bible studies some of the KB residents were sharing their thoughts concerning Kingdom Boundaries. The following are some of their comments:
 
  • Kingdom Boundaries has been a good help in resources to help me transition back into society - Bernie
  • I have felt welcomed and cared about by staff and others - Mark
  • There are good opportunities to help others here at Kingdom Boundaries - Nick
  • There is much more here than I expected .... being around like-minded people who trust in the Word. Staff have been very helpful and kind - Len
  • Before Kingdom Boundaries my life had not really started yet - Kaleb
  • Even though one makes a few mistakes, you still feel welcomed - KB resident
  • It it were not for Kingdom Boundaries, the transition from prison would have been very difficult at best - KB resident
 
Tim - Discipleship Chaplain
Thank You, God, for Your faithfulness
Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare
"Board of Directors"
 
 
 
From left to right:
 
Jeff Person - Sioux Falls, SD
Marv Vos - Sioux Falls, SD = Treasure
Pete Attema - Le Mars, IA = President
Pastor Bobbie Herting, Sioux Falls, SD
Jason Hiemstra - Sioux Falls, SD
Gloria Kok - Platte, SD = Secretary
Verlyn Van Regenmorter - Sioux Center, IA = Vice President
Dave Kok - Platte, SD
Dave Roskam - Sioux Center, IA
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I would like to thank all of the board members for their help and commitment to the Kingdom Boundary Prison Aftercare program. This ministry would not be able to continue without the help of the board and the help of our donors.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff Haverhals - Ministry Director

 

Opportunity
 
We have had a generous donor bless Kingdom Boundaries with a high quality camera and equipment (lights, remote microphone, etc). In addition, we have the needed software to edit photos and videos.
 
The issue is that our staff has limited experience in photography. We would like to do a better job of getting high quality photos and/or videos (testimonies) of our residents. Pictures and videos would help us explain our vision to those that know little about Kingdom Boundaries. It would also help us tell our ever continuing story to those that are familiar with KB.
 
KB would be so blessed if we could find one or more individuals that could help us with taking pictures and doing video for us, and possibly do editing. If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping with this, please contact Kevin at KB.
 
Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity!
The best gift you can give to others may be your time.
March 31, 2020
Please pray for the following new residents at KBPA
Andrew

Incarcerated: 4 years
 
Please pray:
  • for my grandfather. He hasn't left his bed in a week.
  • for my little sister and for her family as they are coming to visit me. They are coming from Oklahoma City.
  • for all my relatives as we are all connected. Pray also for everyone to find God and build a relationship with him.
  • for me to continue to grow in Christ and to help me to keep our relationship my first priority.
Chuck

Incarcerated: 1 year, 4 months, & 5 days
 
Please pray:
 
  • for help to continue to work on my lifelong recovery of my additions.
  • that I continue to do well on parole.
  • for relief from anxiety, depression, and ADHD issues, PTSD, etc.
  • that I can find and maintain a safe work opportunity! And continue my walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!
Matthew

Incarcerated: 27 months
 
Please pray:
  • for my ability to be calm.
  • that I can be more focused on God's love than I have been.
  • for strength for me to do what is right by God.
God, I'm so grateful that, through Jesus, things that controlled me in the past can indeed remain in the past. 
March 17th, 2020
 
"And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2nd Corinthians 6:18
 
A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to attend a weekend call "Wild at Heart." A weekend that lead us to think about deep things in our lives; wounds, attacks from the devil, and what lies we accepted as truth. We talked about our need as men is to be the hero, provider, fixer, when this isn't our job at all. It is to be a son; it is to walk alongside a Father that we cannot be. Alongside a Father that wants us to be a son that comes to Him for advice, help, comfort, affirmation, and restoration.  
 
My earthly father was the best father he knew how to be, I can never remember getting a spanking from him. But there was something missing, he wasn't a perfect father, nor am I, for we are not perfect people because of the genetic sin nature we are all born with. But we do have a Father that is perfect and is inviting us to be His daughters and sons.    
 
Again, I had a great dad and I believe many of the men in prison would not probably be incarcerated if they had a father like I had. But a lot of the men I have talked to have, among many things, have a feeling of being abandoned. They also have been abused or have been severely physically punished by their earthly father. This can affect a person in a variety of ways, but I believe it is a contributing factor that leads to a life of drugs and alcohol. It is the desire of the devil "to kill, steal, and destroy" our relationship with our Father in Heaven. It is our relationship with God as our Father that he hates the most.
 
But we do have a Father that is perfect, and He is inviting us to be His daughters and sons, a good Father that loves us unconditionally. He invites all of us, despite our imperfections, to be His daughters and sons and call Him Abba, "Daddy." A hard thing for many, because of a tendency to relate God as a Father the way we see our earthy fathers. "And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2nd Corinthians 6:18.
 
An absolute truth. "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
 
Jeff Haverhals - Director
 
Our lives are a window through which others can see Jesus. = Please, God, draw us close to You. Fill us with Your Spirit of love and joy and peace. Enable us to be a shining light in our world.
February 19th, 2020
Written by George - current KBPA resident
 
Good morning!
 
As I was in prayer this morning, I was thinking about what to do for a devotional thought and 2nd Timothy chapter 3 came to mind. Verse 16 + 17 are two of the most important verses in all the Bible. "All scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God maybe complete, equipped for every good work."  
 
Wow! When I hear people say that Bible verses were for that time and not for now, I cringe because of scriptures like this. All 66 books of the Bible are important! That's why it's important for us to know what God's Word says.  
 
I encourage you all today to be in the word. Open your Bibles and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you. The Bible is our instruction book. When you are struggling, turn to God in prayer and open his word. If you don't know where to start, just ask someone from the church or one of your Christian friends like me ��...  
 
We all are in this together. Like the scripture says all scripture is breathed out by God! All scripture is profitable! This means that every single verse in the Bible can be utilized in our lives!  
 
The four things that are listed in this verse are self-explanatory, but we tend to forget how important is to learn daily from God. So use the Word for teaching! Use the Word for reproof! Use the Word for correction! And use the Word for training in righteousness! So that you my brothers and sisters can be complete! And I love this word "thoroughly equipped" for every good work!  
 
What amazing instructions for us today! Have a great day and God bless you!
Teach me, God, what it means to live by Your riches today. You possess all I truly need!

February 7th, 2020

New Resident

Mark
 
Incarcerated 27 months
 
Prayer Requests:
 
Please pray: 
  • for my children in South Carolina. We miss each other.
  • for a healthy transition of living in Sioux Falls.
  • that I can find good employment soon.
 
New Resident
Len
 
Incarcerated 3 years
 
Prayer Requests:
 
Please pray: 
  •  for healing and peace for Therese as she has 4th stage cancer. She is like a second mother to me.
  • for my real mother. She recently broke her wrist. Also pray for a hedge of protection over her as she is in an abusive situation.
  • for health, favor, and grace for my children.They are all doing well.
God has both an all-seeing eye and all-forgiving heart.
January 17th, 2020
New Resident

Nicholas
 
Incarcerated 11 years
 
Prayer Requests:
 
Please pray: 
  • for job opportunities for me in the auto-body or diesel mechanic industries.
  • that I can pray and read scripture daily.
  • that I can will always praise God and be thankful for the continued blessings I receive.
Opportunity!
 
We have had a generous donor bless Kingdom Boundaries with a high quality camera and equipment (lights, remote microphone, etc). In addition, we have the needed software to edit photos and videos.
 
The issue is that our staff has limited experience in photography. We would like to do a better job of getting high quality photos and/or videos (testimonies) of our residents. Pictures and videos would help us explain our vision to those that know little about Kingdom Boundaries. It would also help us tell our ever continuing story to those that are familiar with KB.
 
KB would be so blessed if we could find one or more individuals that could help us with taking pictures and doing video for us, and possibly do editing. If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping with this, please contact Kevin at KB. (kevin.h@kingdomboundaries.org)
 
Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity!
God gives us second chances.  
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