11.06.2006

Family Fun Day at DCI

This past weekend my dad and I went into DCI with Inner Faith Prison Ministry. We helped with Family Fun Day. Which 13 inmates were selected to participate out of about 50 applications. If they were chosen they would be able to spend a day with there children and the children's caregiver, which could be a family member, wife, or girlfriend.
Friday we went into the prison to set up for Saturday. We did as much as we could and then the women left for the hotel to greet the families as they arrived while the men stayed to minister to the inmates. As the children arrived we let them decorate bags for all the prizes and candy they would be winning the next day. We also helped them make a foam picture frame for their dad, and helped them write letters to their dad. While we were doing that the men were helping the inmate wrap gifts for their children, gave them a parenting book, prayed with them, and encouraged them to write letters to their children.
Saturday morning all 60 of us go through processing without a glitch. Everyone was very excited. Each volunteer had a family to bring to the prison. Ours was a grandmother and three great children. The 17 year old boy was about 5 when his dad went away. The other two have never seen their dad; didn't even know what he looked like. So we get into the gym and the families go sit down and then the inmates walk in and it was very emotional to see these guys with there families. After the reunion time it was non-stop games. Tug of war, egg toss, musical chairs, ect. The children could win all kinds of stuff and if the dads won they would pick stuff out for their children. We served them all lunch, played more games, and then a man came in and spoke to us all. He was a dynamic speaker and I know touched the hearts of many inmates and their families. After we prayed for them all quite of few came up and testified about the day. One that really sticks out is he said he had lost all hope but today he got his hope back. Then the last hour was alone times with the families and their dad. That is when they exchanged gifts and such and after that we had to leave.
It was very emotional but a wonderful weekend and I know that God restored relationships. Everytime I go on the inside I always come out more blessed.