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Our ministry newsletter, Good News, is printed monthly and sent to friends of JIPM and to prisoners and prison chaplains throughout the country. If you would like a free subscription, just let us know and we will be happy to add you to our mailing list.
 
Each month Good News includes articles by Pastor William Bumphus and Sister Anita Bumphus, letters received by JIPM, and an itinerary of coming events. Articles by Pastor Bumphus and Sister Anita from the October and November issues of Good News are included below. A separate page on our Internet site is devoted to letters (JIPM Mail Box) and another to our itinerary (JIPM Itinerary), please take a look at these too.

 

   

Article from December, 1998
issue of Good News
by Pastor William Bumphus

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE

November was a great month. I took two ex-offenders with me to the Mississippi State Prison in Parchman, Mississippi - Robert Weddington and Bryon Vaughn.

We passed out back issues of the Charisma magazine and copies of my books and ministered to the 63 men on Death Row. We also ministered in the hole (unit 17) and spent two days going cell to cell in the 1500 men lock up unit (unit 32). We conducted three evening services in units 25, 29, and 30. Many gave their lives to the Lord and many more were encouraged in the Lord. The trip was great!!


 
   

Behold, a virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall call his name Immanuel which is translated, "God with us".

(Matthew 1:23)

   
 

I would ask that you would sincerely remember us, both in prayer and financially, here at JIPM during this Christmas season and not to forget all of those who are incarcerated in prisons and jails throughout the country.

Walter Sealey who travelled with me and was a close personal friend went home to be with the Lord, November 30, 1998. Please remember his family.

Merry Christmas! Never forget that Christmas is Jesus's birthday and that God sent Him to redeem us from sin.

May God bless you this Christmas
season and may He keep you always,
Pastor William Bumphus

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Article from December, 1998
issue of Good News
by Sister Anita Bumphus

ANITA'S FAITH WALK


 
   

PRAISE JESUS!

 
 
 

Praise Jesus and Merry Christmas. We are wishing you a Merry, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! May the blessings of Jesus just overwhelm you and all of yours. Love and kisses from Faith Center Church and Jesus Inside Prison Ministry.

May the earth rejoice at the nearness of Jesus coming. May we shout for joy at His presence. Oh, I feel Him as He draws near to claim us in the middle of the air, I hear his garment like a might wind, as a wheel, in the middle of a wheel, Ezekiel 1. Saints, I'm so glad that Jesus is pouring out His blessings upon us and they are flooding our earth and overtaking His people. The windows of heaven are open wide, we just won't have enough room to receive His blessing. I was riding down the street the other day and it was a little chilly outside, but a man was parked on the corner selling some pictures which got my attention. As I began to observe the young man, I could see him occupying his time working on the car it seemed, until he had gotten a customer if one came at all that day. But then I noticed a building behind him and trying to make out if it was a church building as we have been believing for a building for our church and thrift store. I was thinking of us having a building on that order and the thought came to me "wait your turn". Well, I've never looked at it in this fashion before. But it reminded me of Ecclesiastes 3. There is a time and season for everything. To me it was like He was saying, I'm going to bless with a building, but I have a time and season for it. Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart. There is nothing too hard for God.

We went to boy's school in November, and had an exciting time with some of the kids there. Some had remembered us from the Juvenile Center and some from last time we were there. One said they remembered the good time they had the last time we were there. One young man said that since he's been there that no one had brought in gifts and refreshments for them. That's what we usually do, take in gifts and refreshments, share Jesus, testimonies, sing, let them ask questions and then they sing. Brother Weddington went in this time and shared and ministered to them. They really seemed to enjoy him. We just had a good time with them. This Christmas, we went to give out toys to children as we normally do every year, do a couple of missions, we are not sure about which prisons this year, we also go to the girl's school the first of January and we would like to go to the children's guardian home. Then sometimes we do other things, we never know, we just pray that these are the things that Jesus wants us to do and we know they are rewarded.

Please pray for us as we also always remember you in our prayers in the blessed mighty name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus.

Love you forever,
Sister Anita Bumphus

Instant Email for Sister Anita:
nita@ussites.com

 
 

 

 

   

Article from November, 1998
issue of Good News
by Pastor William Bumphus

BUILDING THE KINGDOM

In August and September, 236 prisoners received Jesus as their personal savior in meetings I held in prisons in Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, and North Carolina. In North Carolina and in Kentucky, chaplains are believing God to build churches in their prisons.

Chaplain Reginold Longcrier, an exoffender and now senior chaplain at Catawba Correctional Center, just outside Hickory, North Carolina, and Chaplain Harold Browning, chaplain at Manor Adjustment Center in St. Mary Kentucky, are both building churches in their prisons. God is moving and these are the last days. The harvest is ready and the laborers are here and more are coming.

The Lord answered our prayers and has blessed us with a new computer and a Web Site. Our Internet address is:

www.ussites.com/jipm

which may be accessed from anywhere in the world. You can email us right from the site and please do let us know how you like it.


 
   

But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

(I Corinthians 15:57)

   
 

The prison ministry church my wife, Sister Anita Bumphus, and I pastor (Faith Center Church) is strong on prayer and would like to pray with and for you. You can mail your prayer request to us or email us at wbump@ussites.com or wbump@aol.com or as I have mentioned above, right from the JIPM Internet site.

Please feel free to contact the two chaplains I mentioned earlier. They both would be glad to hear from you.

  • Chaplain Harold Browning
  • P. O. Box 27
  • Lebanon, KY 40033
  • Chaplain Reginold Longcrier
  • P. O. Box 430
  • Conover, NC 28613

Well, that seems to be about it from me for right now. Please do remember to keep us in your prayers and, if at all possible, remember us with your financial support. There really never is a time when your prayers and financial assistance are not welcome.

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless each of you always,
Pastor William Bumphus

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Article from November, 1998
issue of Good News
by Sister Anita Bumphus

ANITA'S FAITH WALK


 
   

PRAISE JESUS!

 
 
 

Savior Jesus Christ, the anointed one and His Anointing. We have so much to be thankful for: Life, health, and strength. Many times we stand and say, I thank Jesus for life, health, and strength, or I thank Jesus that I'm clothed in my right mind but do we really know what we are saying? Are we really thankful for His blessings? Are we counting our blessings and naming them one by one?

Counting our blessings to really see and know what God has done is really important. This past winter, I was told I had asthma and had to be rushed to the hospital about three times to get treatment and generally just one ventilator treatment would do. I have been believing Jesus for my healing and had Norvel Hayes lay hands on me for healing a few weeks ago. Healing is usually a gradual process. A miracle is instant and I am believing for a miracle in my body. Thank Jesus that by the stripes of Jesus I am healed.

In September, I planned to go to a 30 family neighborhood yard sale on the 26th. Pastor William, my husband, was out of town doing ministry. My daughter, Angel, and I were home. Angel had just gone to bed and I was on my way to bed at about 11:30 p.m. or 12:00 a.m. Friday night to awake early for the yard sale. As I started for bed, I began breathing funny and I couldn't catch my breath. Then I asked Angel to call my son who was down the street at this girlfriend's house. I knew I needed to go to the hospital.

Yes, I called on Jesus and He reminded me that I should not panic. It seems hard no to when you're in a situation like I was; not being able to breathe. I was going to try and drive myself to the hospital as my son's girlfriend's line was busy. I was saying Jesus help me. I couldn't think then to pray in tongues; saints, we have to always stayed prayed up anyway. Well, I dropped my purse and keys on the floor and Angel ran to call 911. Thank Jesus she was led to do that. I hadn't even thought about it.

She let them know what was wrong and they came with a treatment machine and, while I was breathing in it, they asked if I wanted to go to the hospital. I said no because I knew from the last time that once I'm through with that one treatment then I am usually fine. But let me tell you, it didn't help. I still couldn't breathe so they rushed to the ambulance and gave me another one but it wasn't helping.

I repented of any sin I may have forgotten or committed. I said, Jesus, I don't want to leave this world like this, I want to go peacefully. I prayed for anyone who has ever been through this and ever will. I had wanted to visit heaven in this life but I said, Jesus, not like this.

Then they decided I had to go to the hospital but wouldn't let Angel ride in the ambulance with me. I was fed oxygen through my nose but my oxygen level kept dropping. So, it was Jesus, the Holy Ghost, and me in the ambulance with the paramedic who was doing what he could and knew.

At the hospital they kept the oxygen treatment on me, gave me steroids through my veins, and I don't know how many treatments from the ventilator. I finally began to breathe better but my oxygen level kept lowering so they wanted to keep me a day.

The next morning at about 9:00, the doctors came to my room and said I didn't look like the one they brought in the night before. Well, I didn't feel like that same person either. I was us and moving about and ready to go home. They released my at about 1 or 2 o'clock that afternoon. Thank Jesus I'm here. I preached at the church the next day and at Marion County Jail, sharing the goodness of Jesus. If it had not been for the Lord, where would we be?

Love you all and God bless you,
Sister Anita Bumphus

Instant Email for Sister Anita:
nita@ussites.com

 
 

 

 

   

Article from October, 1998
issue of Good News
by Pastor William Bumphus

JESUS HOUSE: MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Our aftercare program continues to be blessed by the Lord. So far, we've had 22 men come out and stay at our aftercare facility, Jesus House. There, they've been challenged by the Word to live a positive Christian life. All has not gone perfectly as would be expected. However, each man has had to spend time in the Word. (One may plant and one may water but only God gives the increase and to Him be the glory.)

Not one of the men who has been through our facility has returned to prison. We have, nevertheless, had to ask three of them to leave because of coming in after drinking.

The rest of the men have stayed at Jesus House until they had found employment and an apartment or other placement. Several continue to attend our church, Faith Center Church, and are going strong in the Lord. Praise Jesus!

Daily, I receive requests from prisoners across the country asking for an application to be considered to be admitted to our facility. We're believing God to add to our existing facility in 1999 so we may accommodate more men and be more effective.


 
   

Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candle stick and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

(Matthew 5:15)

   
 

Thanks for those of you who have responded to my request and prayer for more monthly supporters. Thanks, also, for those of you who have given your financial support to JIPM from time to time. Without monthly and other supporters, we simply could not continue our work. We pray that God will rechly bless you according to His word. (Hebrews 6:10)

Charisma magazine did a wonderful story on Jesus House in its September issue. If you haven't seen it, please get a copy of the magazine and take a look. Should you not be able to find September's Charisma, let us know and we will be happy to send you a copy of the article.

The Lord has given me words for another powerful little book titled He Sent His Word. We will be sending it to the printer shortly; just as soon as the Lord provides the necessary funds. In it, I teach how the Word of God can deliver us. I pray that Jesus will use it many times to set a lot of people free from Satan's bondages.

May God bless all of you,
Pastor William Bumphus

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Article from October, 1998
issue of Good News
by Sister Anita Bumphus

ANITA'S FAITH WALK


 
   

PRAISE JESUS!

 
 
 

Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return and come with singing unto Zion and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. They shall obtain gladness and joy and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
     I, even I, am He that comforteth you. Who are thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die and of the Son of Man which shall be made as grass and forgetest the Lord thy maker that hath stretched forth the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor?
     The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed and that he should not die in the pit nor that his bread should fail. But I am the Lord thy God that divided the sea, whose waves roared; the Lord of Hosts it His name.
     And I have put my words in thy mouth and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth and say unto Zion, thou art My people.
(Isaiah 51:11-16)

Creflo Dollar says when men rise up against you with wicked devices to stop you, you have been given something greater than wicked devices. You have the Word of God.

Galatians 5:7 says, Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? His persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. And in Romans 9:20 we learn, Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the ting formed say to Him that formed it, why has thou made me thus?

Believe me, Jesus loves you. God made you with a purpose. He had a great plan for you, for your life and He still does. You are not your own. You have been bought with a great price: The blood of Jesus.

Read Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Yes, Jesus cares when it seems He doesn't, when no one else does and when they let you know they don't.

God is a good god all the time, all the time God is good. We know this from Psalm 16:8-11, I have set the Lord always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore, my heart is glad and my glory rejoiceth; my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thou Holy One to see corrpution. Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

God is on your side, He is in you now; so, who can be against you. God's love in us endures long and is patient and kind: Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, it's hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything without weakening.

Love (Jesus in us) never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end. These thoughts are part of 1st Corinthians 13. Look it up and read it all to behold the glory and goodness of Jesus.

Bless you all and the Love of Jesus be upon you,
Sister Anita Bumphus

Instant Email for Sister Anita:
nita@ussites.com

 
 

 

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