May 28, 2013

May 2013 Newsletter: Two Nights On Death Row

Dear Good Sense friends and colleagues,

I attend many conferences each year, most of them financially oriented. However last month I attended the “Malachi Dads” conference held at the largest maximum security prison in the US at Angola, Louisiana! In the 1970’s, Angola was billed as the bloodiest prison in the US. Nearly all the 6000+ inmates at Angola are incarcerated for life.

The thrust of the conference was for us “great fathers” to fly in and motivate the inmates to stay involved in their kids’ lives. But the inmates actually motivated the socks off us “free-men”. I learned more from the inmates about creative ways to stay involved in my kids’ lives than I could ever teach them!

Our sleeping arrangements were pretty unique. I stayed two nights in a death row prison cell! In my cell there was barely enough room for a cot, toilet, sink, and about a 3’x3’ area to stand up. Death row inmates often spend years awaiting the death penalty and are only allowed out of their cells for one hour a day to bathe, exercise or whatever.

As I laid in my cot, one of the things that came to mind was the realization that many people live lives of financial imprisonment of their own making, with feelings of desperation probably similar to the death row inmates! Some are wealthy but don’t want to write a check to advance Kingdom purposes so they never experience the blessing and joy of generosity. Others are in significant debt and the pressure of not being able to make next month’s payment crushes their very spirit.

Many of you lead or assist in your stewardship ministry and bring understanding and hope that both rich and poor desperately need. You are the hands and feet of Jesus to help many get Freed-Up to live lives of joy, contentment, peace, and freedom. Way to go! I hope the Good Sense Freed-Up resources will be helpful for your individual learning, small group gathering, or church-wide event.

Sid Yeomans
President, Good Sense Movement
Transforming Finances! Transforming Lives!