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Today’s devotional, (February 20, 2020), in the publication, Our Daily Bread, brings out an important point.   It’s a point that I call, Reaching Back.  In this devotional the author, James Banks, tells of a youth pastor in a city where he, the youth pastor, was once an addict hooked on heroin.  It’s the story of a life transformed by the wonderful working power of the Holy Spirit.  And, as is so often the case, this youth pastor is now devoting his life to “reaching back” to those who are where he once was.   It seems that no life is more effective in helping the hurting than one who has walked a mile in their shoes.  No one can relate to the pain like one who has felt it.  No one can minister to the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness like one who has been there.   And no one can encourage one who has no hope to reach out once again, but this time to reach for the One who is Hope.  

May I tell you that this is the story of my life  –  and the story of New Leaf Inmate Ministries.   A man named Jesse Basnight came into a jail where I was in 1985 and told me that I hadn’t been too bad to be forgiven.   In accepting the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, that Jesse Basnight introduced me to, completely change my life.  Three years later, when I was released from prison, I started my first jail ministry, and named it, “Reaching Back.”  Today, 32 years later the ministry is no longer just me.   And the name has changed to New Leaf Inmate Ministries.  And while the goal is still the same, it too has changed a little.  At least for me as an individual it has.  I’m 80 years old now and someone recently pointed out that I’m now in the last trimester of my life.  Yes, the goal is still to reach the lost with the message of forgiveness and restoration that can only come by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  What’s changed for me is a hope that through me, through my testimony and meager efforts, God will raise up someone to follow in my footsteps.  Since August of 1985 I have been trying to emulate Jesse Basnight.  I think of him often.  On a Saturday morning in sunny southern Florida he could have been out golfing, or fishing, or just laying on the beach soaking up the sun.  But he wasn’t.  He was at the jail “reaching back.” 

One reason why today’s Our Daily Bread devotional so captured me, is because I have an inmate in my Tuesday night Bible class at the local jail now who wants to be a youth pastor.  Praise God!  And I have others who are saying that when they have finished their sentences they want to come out and join New Leaf Inmate Ministries so that they too may  “reach back.”  So that’s something that’s always in the back of my mind now.  Now I’m no longer just teaching people the Bible and encouraging their new life in Christ,  I’m encouraging them to reach back.   

And how about you, the one who has taken his or her time to read all the way through this lengthy blog?   Are you reaching back.  Some hurting soul needs your knowing touch.  Allow God to use you.

Clint Webb

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copying here an email sent to MissXYZ   re: her email informing me that she’d moved to another state.

Hello MissXYZ,
Sorry to just now be getting around to answering this email. Our jail ministry, “New Leaf Inmate Ministries,” just has so much happening, although it’s still in it’s infancy, that I spend most of my time playing “catch up.” Anyway, though I realize I may never see you again, I wanted to wish you well and pray for God’s best blessings on all that you do. I assume that you took the course note book, Firm Foundations, with you. I want to impress upon you the importance of finishing that course.  Look up the Scripture references, fill in the answer sheets and send them to me so I can send you a Certificate of Completion.     

My goal isn’t in just wanting to send you a certificate.  As you may recall, if you were in the classes when we had this discussion, I was asked to write and teach this course at the time I was in training by the Institute of Biblical Counseling.  Firm Foundations, by design, not only covers the same basic Biblical information other basic courses cover, it also covers subjects relevant to life itself. That’s why I think this course is so important.

I wrote Firm Foundations 29 years ago. During those years Firm Foundations has helped many people overcome things like depression, anxiety, fear, feelings of worthlessness and more.  More than once I have had people say that they were entertaining thoughts of suicide until they took this course. What does it do? Is it magical? Of course not. What it is, what it does, is that it helps us get to know how much each of us really mean to God.
God wants many things for and from each of us. Mostly He wants us to be conformed to the image of His Son; To become as holy as He has declared us to be.  In the midst of that is a very, very big word = JOY ! ! ! Realizing how much we mean to Him, realizing what He really has given to each of us, brings JOY. God wants our lives to be full of JOY.  And that’s what I want for you. That’s why I want to encourage you to finish the course.  I want your life to be FILLED with JOY!
God Bless You,


Please Note:

Firm Foundations as a correspondence course it is offered to anyone without charge.  There certainly is a cost involved in paper, printing and postage.  And there is time involved in putting it all together and in the mail and there is more time involved in looking over answer sheets and corresponding with the student.  Yet it’s my personal wish that everyone reading this would take the course.  Because of the cost involved I will “ask” for a donation to the ministry of at least $20.  However, the course is free and will be mailed to anyone who ask for it, donation or not.

Arrangements for “on-line giving” have been made but as of this writing are not yet set up on this webpage.  It will be available very soon.  Checks can be written to New Leaf Inmate Ministries and mailed to P.O. Box 10,   Middlebrook Virginia 24459.

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