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March 2016 Newsletter

Posted: April 6, 2016 in Newsletters

Hello Church Family,
One morning at the Otero County Prison in New Mexico, I sat in on a prayer circle with 5 inmates. We enjoyed some donuts and coffee, then we prayed and sang some songs together. Afterwards we went around the circle asking the question “Can you share any moment when you have known that Christ’s presence was with you?” Each of the inmates took turns sharing and when it was my turn, I shared how the night before I was talking to an inmate at the jail and was lead to share a story of my past. My unplanned story ended up being one that he was able to connect with, which helped him deal with a severe anger problem. I testified to the prayer circle that it was surely Jesus’ presence and not mine that helped the brother.

The inmate sitting next to me I have known for about six months. He is a lean medium to
small build man around 60 years old. His countenance has always stood out in my mind because he has a constant scowl on his face, but not one of anger. One that looks like he is really tired of the immense emotional pain he has been through in his incarceration. He shared that the reason he missed our meeting last month was because he was wrongfully accused of inciting a riot and was put in lock-down solitary confinement for a month. He said that it’s hard being alone and not talking to anyone for a month, but that this time it was different. He shared that he could feel Jesus’ presence, His love, His plan for his life more than he ever has before, and that how he wasn’t alone because Jesus was with him. He shared that he has been in prison for sixteen years and in two more years he will be going home and that the 30 days in isolation was probably the greatest preparation to be released that he has gone through since he has been in prison. That he was glad the Lord put him in there. Wow what a testimony! At that moment we all said how we could really feel Christ’s presence with us. We prayed thanking God that He will never leave us or forsake us and His grace is sufficient.

Praise God! I go into the prison to be a blessing and when I leave I feel I am the one blessed
the most. Thank you church family for your prayers and financial support that allows me to there for these men.

Please take a moment to visit our website and blog at BehindPrisonWallsMinistry.org for
more updates on Behind Prison Walls Ministry.

In His service with you,
Lenny and Saranda Beck
Behind Prison Walls Ministry

I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Matthew 25:39

2015 Annual Report

Posted: March 28, 2016 in Newsletters

To God be the glory for the things He has done in 2015

Last year was a year of vision and new beginnings. The Lord has not only moved in the hearts of inmates but also the hearts of individuals to minister to inmates in corporation with Behind Prison Walls Ministry. The Lord has also used us to minister to more inmates that have re-entered the society

  •  Lenny prayed with over 50 men to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • 87 Bibles were given out to inmates.
  • God opened the door to minister in two new areas.
    The Sanchez Unit (prison) lock down area.
    The Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (prison) lock down area.
  • Ministry being multiplied
    We brought into the jail and prison 2 new ministers this year.
    Shared the word and prayed with many officers.
    The Lord brought 6 released inmates to minister to.
  • Lenny baptized 26 and served communion to 104 inmates.
  • Ongoing one-on-one discipleship ranging from 15-35 inmates at a time.
  • 4 men committed to seek ministry positions when they are released.
  • 11 men signed up for Bible College correspondence courses.

We know you have been blessed for your investment in the kingdom through our ministry together, we have been working hard to make it a wise one. Thank you for the prayers and financial support. Together let us move forward into 2016 and broaden our ministry influence and reach more and more inmates for Jesus Christ.

In His service with you,
Lenny and Saranda Beck
Behind Prison Walls Ministry

I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Matthew 25:39

Sept. Newsletter

Posted: October 3, 2015 in Newsletters

Hello Church family,                                                                                                                 Sept.  2015

It has been a period of new beginnings in the correctional department for us.  We started ministering in two new prison areas, Rogelio Sanchez Prison in Texas and the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in New Mexico.  Both in the high security lock down areas which has brought us about 150 new men to minister to. It’s kept me busy let me tell you. We also have been ministering to four released inmates, they are doing well, it has been an answer to our prayer “what happens next” to these men. To see how God has been moving in our ministry, check out the new posts on the blog.

I received an emergency visit call at 10pm from the El Paso Downtown Jail, the Deputy said the inmate was sad and needed to speak to someone, I asked if he suicidal and he said yes.  I said I would be there in 30 minutes.  I arrived and met the inmate. he was a seasoned convict that was tired of always going back to prison. He was hysterically in tears, saying he hated himself,  his life and just wanted to be with his children.  I prayed with him a few times during our visit and listened lovingly, which sometimes is the most important part.  We were in the word and I tried to encourage him but he just wouldn’t calm down.  I confirmed his decision to receive Christ and he confessed his sins and trusted that God would cleanse him from all unrighteousness.  We talked about God’s perfect plan for his life and his position in the body of Christ.  After an hour he may have appeared slightly calmer on the outside.  The Lord put on my heart to leave him a Bible bookmarked at Psalms.  I told him to read it out loud prayerfully and that the enemy will leave him alone and allow him to sleep, and that I would be back in the morning to see him. I asked if he wanted to hurt himself and he said no.  We closed in prayer, I stood up and said I’ll see you in the morning and he said okay and thanked me, I said thank God.  He was still in tears but I still felt it was time for me to go.

As I left the building to walk to my truck on the streets of  downtown El Paso at almost midnight  (which is not the safest place in the world) I thought its ok, God is with me, and it’s ok, God is with that inmate.  I saw him the next morning and he looked like a new man,  I thought, God is still in the business of doing miracles.  I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness.

Thank you church family for your prayers and support that allows Lenny to work full time in this vast mission field.  We thank God for you in our prayers and may God bless you!

Serving Christ with you,

Lenny and Saranda Beck.

Saranda’s Prayer Corner                                                    Be still and know that I am God Psalm 49:10

 Our loving gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for being all that we need to calm our thoughts in our darkest hour, allowing us to find comfort in your word as You speak to us.  Your word tells us in Psalm 30:5 ‘For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.’ Thank you Lord for this inmate that found comfort in your word and found joy in the morning, to you be the Glory forever and ever in Jesus Name Amen

May Newsletter

Posted: June 10, 2015 in Newsletters

Hello Church family,

It’s been a great couple of months in the correctional department of El Paso and New Mexico. The Lord brought 18 men to pray with to receive Christ and I baptized 9. Praise the Lord! We currently have 17 men that I meet with regularly on our one on one counseling list. Some have gone to prison, some have transferred and some have been released. As you may remember we have been prayerfully asking ourselves “what happens next” after these men are released. We have been ministering to three released inmates coping with re-entry into the community as new creations in Christ. Also the Lord has guided me to visit 2 program homes and minister to men no longer in prison.

One of the experiences that stands out in my mind is a young man I met on an emergency call. I was told he was suicidal and full of self hatred and had hurt himself badly. As I was walking down the long hallway to his cell I was praying, “what do you want me to say Lord”? The Lord told me to tell the man that God knew him before He created him in his mothers womb, that God made him to be the perfect him to fulfill the plan He has for his life, that he is so valuable to God that He sent His Son Jesus to die for him. It made me feel confident that I would receive encouraging words for him. When I arrived, he was in a protective cell wearing protective clothing. I have seen many men like this but his condition was disturbing even to me. After introducing myself I began to encourage him and later told him that God loves you and wants to have a relationship with him right now. I continued to encourage him from God’s word and he began to calm down and even started to smile. After about a half an hour I asked him if he knew God’s plan for his life and he said “no”. I went down the Roman road and I asked him if he wanted to pray with me to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior and he said “yes”. PRAISE GOD! We prayed and afterwards we were both so, so excited. I continued on encouraging him about how he is a new creation and his position in Christ as a loved member of the family of God. I made a big deal about this being his spiritual birthday and wrote the date in the Bible I gave him beside where I outlined the salvation verses in the book of Romans, 3:23, 6:23 and 10:9. Before the end of our visit he even laughed. I praise God and am so thankful that He has given us His word that is more powerful than anyone’s problems. I am also so thankful for the power of prayer and thank you church family for your prayers and support allowing me to continue full time in this valuable mission field. Thank you, I know the Lord will richly bless you for your faithful support.

Serving Christ with you,
Lenny and Saranda Beck
Behind Prison Walls Ministry

Saranda’s Prayer Corner Be still and know that I am God Psalm 49:10

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving each of us, personally and individually. You created us, therefore you have a plan for our life. May we always keep our eyes focused on You and the love You have for us. A love so strong and powerful that if there were but only one human being in this world, You still would have sent your Son Jesus Christ to die for their sins. May we always remember how much You love us and the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ, In His Precious Name we pray, Amen

January 2015 Newsletter

Posted: March 2, 2015 in Newsletters

Blessed and Happy New Year Church family,

To God be the Glory for the things He has done in 2014

This year was a year of physical recovery for Lenny from three discs fused in his back and two total hip replacements. During this challenging year of Lenny’s recovery, the Lord opened doors in the life of our ministry. Behind Prison Walls Ministry became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, which has been an answer to prayers. Our website BehindPrisonWallsMinistry.org was launched, visit our website and see how the Lord is moving in the lives of the inmates.

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The Lord turned 2014 into a Quality Year rather than Quantity Year

  • Lenny prayed with 48 men to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior
  • 26 Bibles were given to inmates
  • God opened the door to minister at a second prison, Otero County Prison.
  • Ministry being multiplied
    • Second generation minister, teaching a brother to be a jail minister
    • Expanding to staff, ministered to and prayed with four deputies
    • Door opened to minister to released inmates
  • Reaching inmates in shared areas through eye contact ministry, and inmates responding
  • The Lord gave us favor with the jail management that allowed Lenny to baptize and lead communion services in the jail
  • On going one-on-one discipleship ranging from 10-17 inmates
  • 2 men committed to seek ministry positions when they are released
  • 8 men signed up for Bible College correspondence courses

We know you have been blessed for your investment in the kingdom through our ministry together; we have been working hard to make it a wise one.  Thank you for the prayers and financial support. Together let us move forward into 2015 to reach more and more inmates for Jesus Christ.

In His service with you,

Lenny and Saranda Beck

Behind Prison Walls Ministry

August 2014 Newsletter

Posted: October 8, 2014 in Newsletters

Hello Church Family,
God has been showing His glory at the correctional department in Texas and New Mexico this last month. Eleven men have received Christ, three have signed up for Bible college courses and two have committed to be baptized. God is good! I had a month off recovering from my last surgery and returning we lost almost half of our weekly discipleship men either from going to prison or being released. Our regular discipleship list went from 14 down to 8 and now we are back up to 16. There is just a huge amount of men reaching out for the Lord, Praise God!

One day I received a written request to visit a new inmate and when I went out to see him he told me that one of the other inmates had told him to talk to me. That was humbling. He was telling me how he has been in jail many times and tried to read the Bible but he just didn’t understand it, but this time he could understand it and he would weep. He said he would pray or read the Bible and just weep and that caused him to get on his knees in his cell and accepted Jesus as his savior. Praise God! He continued how now he needs help learning. Wow! God blessed me with a young man with a fervent desire to learn and grow in the Lord on this one, I love it! He signed up for the Bible college correspondence course and just can’t seem to get enough. We have been prayerfully in the Word for many hours since then and he is still eating it up. One day we were in the Word talking about the awesome miracles God performed in people’s lives and it dawned on me. I said, and the miracle God performed in your life was just as big. You literally put down a gun and picked up a Bible. He let out a big smile and responded, I did and THAT IS A MIRACLE. This brother is excited about getting back to his wife and two young children to teach them the Bible, being the spiritual leader of his family and finding a Church home. The Lord is the only one who knows how He is going to use this young man with his wife when he gets back to the streets. I’m thinking revival, WOW! Could you imagine?

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Thank you Church family for the prayers and financial support that allows me to be here for these men.

In His service with you,
Lenny & Saranda Beck
Behind Prison Walls Ministry

Saranda’s Prayer Corner Be still and know that I am God Pslam 49:10

Heavenly Father, your word teaches us in Proverbs 2:1-5 that ‘if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God’, may this young man find the knowledge of you our precious Lord, to you be the glory forever and ever AMEN.

April Newsletter 2014

Posted: May 15, 2014 in Newsletters

The Lord gave us a truly blessed month of April this year.  For the first time in many years the jail allowed inmates to have communion.  I personally love communion services, that remembrance and identification with Jesus and personal examination excites me.  During Easter week, we had Resurrection Sunday Services in 8 of the pods and also 10 lock down inmates were allowed to participate individually. A total of 98 inmates and 8 Deputy’s took the Lords Supper and 26 inmates accepted Jesus as their personal savior.  Praise God!

I spend most of my time at the jail annex because there is about 1800 inmates compared to about 300 at the down town jail.  One day my supervisor asked if I could go down town because there were two inmates that needed an urgent visit and two of the floors hadn’t had a chapel service in weeks. Of course I said I would be glad to and I went there the next day.   I arrived at one of the specified floors and the inmates were brought to the program room for service. I talked a bit about Psalm 95 and 100 how we are commanded to make a joyful noise to the Lord, the Rock of our salvation and we had just started to sing when a deputy came into the room and commanded me to leave.  I said ‘pardon me?’ He said they are having an emergency evacuation.  I told the men ‘Lord willing I will come back’ as I walked out the door.  
I went down the elevator and out the front doors of the jail. I was standing there in a small crowd of people waiting to go back into the building. I was keeping to myself going over my sermon notes in my Bible and I noticed a man next to me looking at my Bible.  I was trying to concentrate on my notes and couldn’t help but notice he was really looking at my Bible.  The second time I looked at him I noticed he was full of tattoos and his hands were behind his back. I didn’t think much about it.  He still stared at my Bible in an intrusive way.  Then I noticed he had two plain clothed deputies behind him and he was in cuffs.  I asked ‘are you going in brother’ and he said sorrowfully with a tear in his eye ‘yes’.  I slowly closed my Bible and asked if I could pray with him and he said yes.  I asked one of the deputies if it was ok and he said let’s wait on that.  I told the man I was praying for him in my heart.  I began to share with him about the passage in 2 Chronicles 20 that I was reading, opened my Bible and started giving a mini message right in front of the jail steps.  As I went on, unintentionally my voice started getting louder and louder and before I knew it the Lord had the crowd listening too.  I talked about how king Jehoshaphat was outnumbered and could do nothing to stand against the three nations that were coming to wipe him out so he prayed and said we have no power to stand against these army’s and don’t know what to do but we trust you and our eyes are on you.  I continued how God honored his prayer and said that the battle belonged to the Lord and he wouldn’t even need to fight and just to stand firm in the Lord.  How in faith Jehoshaphat was obedient and God gave him the victory.  I paused and told him that God has all the power he needs and wants him to trust Him, that God would fight his battle for him too. That everyone here thinks this is an evacuation drill but it’s really a God drill calling him to Himself and sending me out here to tell him to put his trust in Him.  I finally introduced myself and he told me his name.  We talked a bit about his family and where he was from. I told him I would do the best I could to catch up to him after we were allowed to go back in. The emergency evacuation was over and everyone was allowed back inside, as we parted I again told him God was there for him and to trust Him.  I went back up to the third floor and was told the program was over for the day.  I tried to see the man from outside but I couldn’t because he wasn’t processed yet.  I thought about the events of the day, me being called downtown and then the drill and it hit me that my mission for the day was for me to talk him, wow God is amazing.  
The next couple of days I was watching the inmate roster to see if I could find him and there was no record of him yet.  I was walking down one of the pod hallways at the Annex and in a small holding cage I noticed him sitting there.  I said ‘hey brother and he looked up surprised; I said ‘God just put us together again didn’t He?’ I asked him if he wanted to come out to the ministry room and talk and he said yes.  We went through the Bible and talked for almost two hours about God’s plan for our lives.  Then he prayed to accept Jesus as his Savior.  PRAISE GOD!  He signed up for the Bible College correspondence course and later was baptized.  I have never had God bring me together with someone like that before. What an amazing work!  

Thank you again for your support and enabling me to be available for God’s working hand, you were right there with me church family.

Lenny & Saranda Beck

February 2014 Newsletter

Posted: May 9, 2014 in Newsletters

Hello Church family, February 2014

The Lord did an amazing work in El Paso in the month of February! The Lord brought us eighteen men who prayed to receive Christ; we were able to pray over and give away thirty two Bibles to inmates; four men signed up for Bible College correspondence programs. Praise God! The Lord did even much more than that.

The Lord recently put on my heart to try to make eye contact with every inmate I see at the jail. So when I see men in the laundry area, kitchen, the clinic or just walking down the hallway on a chain, I attempt to make eye contact with them if they will look at me. I usually nod, smile and sometimes say God bless you. I have a loving caring look on my face kind of announcing that I am there to help them.

I was visiting an inmate in one of the ministry rooms and the deputy said there was another inmate that asked to talk with me. I said great, that I would talk with him right after I finished speaking with inmate RJ. Usually when I first meet an inmate I ask him some questions to see where he is coming from. While I waited for RB, I sat praying about our first visit. Inmate RB was brought in and I greeted him and opened in prayer. I asked ‘so what is your Church background?’ He responded with ‘what do you mean?’ I asked ‘have you ever gone to church?’ and he said ‘no’. I then asked ‘oh, have you been reading the Bible?’ His response was ‘no’. I said ‘ok, how is your relationship with God?’ He said he didn’t have one. I was thinking about what my next question would be, when RB said ‘I saw you in the hallway the other day’. I said ‘oh yea that’s right!’ He said he was going to go to prison again for a while and when he gets out he wanted it to be different this time, that when he saw me in the hallway he realized he wanted to become a Christian. I told him that was awesome and that God would give him the help he needs to lead a different life when he gets out this time. I took RB to the Bible and explained God’s plan for our lives. Afterwards we bowed our heads and he received Jesus as his Savior. We talked a while afterwards and I asked him if he would like me to come out and study the Bible with him once a week before he gets shipped out to prison and he said yes. We then closed in prayer thanking God for His perfect plan in bringing us together that day. God is awesome!

RB and I had a great time for a couple of weeks praying, fellowshipping and getting into the Word about baptism and our need to find a good church family. The next time I went to visit him, I was informed he had been taken to prison. This part of our ministry is difficult, I build a relationship with the inmate and one day we are praying together and studying God’s word and the next time I go to call him out for a visit, he has either been released or sent off to prison. I trust the Lord gave us enough time together to prepare him for what is to come. I do find comfort knowing that most likely the next time I see RB it will probably be in Heaven with Jesus. I can’t wait for you to meet our brother in Heaven, you were right there with me when I prayed with RB to receive Christ. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Saranda’s Prayer Corner Be Still and Know that I am God Palms 46:10

Lord, open our eyes that we might see wonderful things in You Lord, in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen

Lenny & Saranda Beck
Behind Prison Walls Ministry
PO Box 220984
El Paso, Texas 79913

January 2014 Newsletter

Posted: January 17, 2014 in Newsletters

Blessed and Happy New Year Church family,                       January 15, 2014                                                 

It’s been said that time flies when you are having fun and time sure flew by in 2013, I can’t believe it.  It was also our first straight full year at the El Paso Jail and the Prison in Southern New Mexico. 

 The Lord has blessed His ministry abundantly in 2013.

  • Beginning of the year, I spent about 8-10 hours a week in the secured areas.
  • Mid-Year, we stepped out in faith and I was able to spend close to full time in the secured areas.
  • One of our goals was to pray with at least 100 men to receive Christ as their Savior and the Lord brought 102.  PRAISE GOD!!  I’m so thankful, and blown away about that personally, because that is by far the most I have led to the Lord in one year in my life.  God is so good.
  • The Lord put a question on our hearts, “What happens next to these men after they receive Christ?” Which lead us to bump up the discipleship “One on One Time”.  With men coming and going we have kept up with a list of about 15 men that I meet with about once a week.
  • We asked the Lord to bring at least 3 men to commit to a ministry when they get out of prison or jail.  The Lord brought 5 men; these men are on fire for the Lord, they are in His Word and didn’t wait to get out before they started Bible studies and prayer circles inside.
  • 14 men signed up for Bible College correspondence courses.
  • Over 200 Bibles were given to inmates. 

 We see 2013 as just a glimpse of what the Lord is beginning to do through us in this ministry.  In 2014 we see the Lord doubling what He did in 2013, plus adding more areas of influence to our current base.

I know you have been blessed for your investment in the kingdom through our ministry together; we have been working hard to make it a wise one.  We ask you to prayerfully consider continuing to partner with us in prayer and finances as we move forward into the New Year and reach more and more inmates for Christ.

 In His service with you,

 Lenny and Saranda Beck

Saranda’s Prayer Corner                    Be still and know I am God Psalm 46:10

Heavenly Father, we stand on the promise in Ephesians 3:20 that ‘ you are able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us’. WOW thank you Lord for working exceeding abundantly above what we could even imagine in the lives of the inmates this past year.  May we never forget Lord that it is not us that can give salvation to those we come in contact with, we can only share your love through your Son Jesus Christ as His Light shines through us and step back and watch how your Holy Spirit move in their lives. Thank you Lord for letting us be a part of your mighty work. In Jesus Name Amen.

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November News Letter

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Newsletters

Hello Church Family,                                                                                                         November 2013    

This past month has been a great blessing for our prison ministry and for our family as well.  We had a chance to go back to Lenny’s hometown of over 40 years for our daughter Kanima’s wedding as well as visiting Lenny’s church home of 30 years. It was awesome seeing so many old great friends and family members.  It felt like old times, going back to the early morning men’s prayer meeting.  Pastor Larry invited us to a coffee fellowship & prison ministry update so we could share all the new ways the Lord has been working through us in the prison and jails in El Paso.  Thank you, home church for blessing us with a lap top computer. It will make office type work incredibly faster and allow me to spend the saved time leading inmates to Christ.  A special thank you Margo (& Collin & Misty) for sharing your lovely home with us. We are forever grateful for your hospitality, delicious meals and the best homemade bread French toast in the world.

Our vacation was everything a great vacation should be, even the part about being ready and glad to come home. I had an urgency in my heart to get back to the men at the prison and jail.  We arrived to our home in El Paso at about 12:30 at night and I headed to the jail at 8:00 in the morning to start the week off.  There were 29 inmate requests waiting for me as I walked into the administration office and I was able to hand out 14 Bibles. One of the requests that came was from inmate SM; he wrote that he really wanted a Bible so he could get to know God and what God wants from and for him.   The Holy Spirit put it on my heart to deliver a Bible to him personally.  After greeting him, I asked about his church background and he said his parents went to church but he never wanted to, but now that he is in jail he wants to learn about God.  I talked about God’s love and plan for our lives for about 20 minutes before I asked him if he wanted to accept Jesus, Gods free gift to us.  He quickly said “Yes sir I do”.  After we prayed I told SM that the Bible tells us that when one sinner repents the angels in heaven rejoice and said they are rejoicing rite now!  I encouraged him to sign up for a free Bible college correspondence course that would help him to know more about God and what God wants from him and for him, and he eagerly said he wanted to.                                                                                                 

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.  Psalm 47:6

Thank you all for your support that allows me to continue having the best job in the world.

In His service with you,

Lenny & Saranda Beck 
Behind Prison Walls Ministries

Saranda’s Prayer Corner
Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10

Lord, your word speaks to us, even today during this Thanksgiving season. Psalm 100:4-5 tells us that we are to ‘enter your gates with thanksgiving and your courts with praise, giving thanks to you and praising your name for you Lord are good and your love endures forever, your faithfulness continues through all generations’. YES Lord, we are so thankful that we can come to you knowing that your love for us endures forever and ever through your son Jesus Christ, in HIS Precious Name we pray. AMEN