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Jail Ministry

We wanted to highlight SF Lighthouse's Jail Ministry this week. Currently the ministry for both the men and women meet on Friday evenings. 

Women's Celebrate Recovery  
(San Francisco Women's County Jail)

We bring Celebrate Recovery (CR) groups into the San Francisco Women's County Jail on Friday Evenings. We currently hold two different CR meetings and sometimes minister God's love to up to 25 women at a time. It means a lot that these women inmates come to this group during their only daily free time. This is our fifth year in the women's jail and we thank the Lord for helping many women inmates find God and spiritual breakthroughs through this program.

Men's Discipleship
(San Francisco Men's County Jail)

The purpose of the Men's discipleship jail ministry is to share God’s love with inmates through Bible study. We don’t just want to talk about the God in the Bible, but we want them to know the God who exists and loves each and every one of them. We want to see every inmate in county jail experience God’s love and share it with one another.  We want to see every inmate become a disciple of Jesus Christ, talk about God within the cell-blocks, and start living as He did. We need fellow Christians willing to visit the jails and share God’s love. We need disciples who are willing to serve once a month, or as often as God calls them to.  We gather the men for bible study on Friday evenings. 

Volunteer Opportunities: 

There are opportunities for you to bring your spiritual gifts to the Men and Women's Jail -even if you cannot join us on Friday evenings. There is a great need for 1:1 spiritual mentors as well as literacy coaches.  Please contact Vivian Roman to talk more about how you can volunteer with the Jail Ministry.  

Practical Needs:

We always have a need for Life Recovery Bibles (NLT) and Composition Books. If you would like to donate these, please also contact Vivian Roman or bring these items to the Celebrate Recovery Meeting on Tuesdays at SF Lighthouse at 7:00 PM.  

For More Information or to discover how you can get involved:

Contact:
VAHRAM GABRIELYAN  (MEN'S BIBLE STUDY, SF COUNTY JAIL)
VIVIAN ROMAN  (WOMEN'S CELEBRATE RECOVERY, SF COUNTY JAIL)

Citizen (Prophetic Word)

We are called to be the optimists
of our metropolis,

To be the eyes for what others cannot see.
The eyes for a generation blinded by greed
and from political favoritism freed

We are called to be the possessors of hope,
the citizens who can cope,
slippery slope
of the naysayers and nope

We are called to be the spine in a city who can deal with any kind of
setback, pushback, soul-attack, give-me-a-crack-at-that
icky, sticky, nit-picky nickel and dime-me

We are called to be the questers for God’s city

The imitators of the greater
Curators of the Kingdom’s sooner-or-later
Infiltrators-of love for the haters, traitors and
cultural dictators

We are called to be the real optimists, not merely happy when our political party is happening.

Not merely cheery when our business is clearly premiering,

not merely walking with swag when we are in the voguish clan, not merely confident and bold because our skin hasn't wrinkled and our bodies fit an hour-glass mold.

WE are called to be faith-filled, faithful, believing, believers, voices of optimistic dissention that can smile all-the while even though were not in the drivers seat,
or center stage of the worlds parade,

We can celebrate and cheer louder than any other here.

We see what others don't, We feel deeper that the superficial, we sense the otherworldy, the Holy, the Voice, We are the real people free to choose the noise and poise and not just a crony of the boys

We are gift with a deeper realization that we are meant for more than this, we are called to more than this,

we are sealed with blood
ambassadors of a different kind of hood,
a city in the heart, a city of the soul,
a city with no shadows and no manipulative control,

Because...

We see things from a distance. In our persistence and existence. We see the abundance of God and are free from the stingy façade.

We are the people of God.
Called to the Kingdom. Singers of the exile, all- the-while we tune our harps to heaven waves, fill our lungs with halleluiahs and praise.

We raise a toast and boast of Holy Ghost, power to overcome and seize this God called identity.

Our Good News isn’t tied to the bad news for our enemies, or we don’t live in the win at the expense of someone living in the lose.

Our Good News is this: God sent his son as a delegate from the City of Heaven

He has come to us in Jesus Christ—as a human, a brother. He is not mad at us. He is not angry with us. He is not here to scold us and reprimand us. He calls us to repent, but the kind of repentance he is calling us to is not shaming, eating-humble-pie and dragging out all our dirty laundry so he can say, "I told you so." No!

The kind of repentance he calls us to is the kind to change the mind about all the negative, pessimistic, raging lies and deceptive cries that dupe us into believing God isn’t Good.

He calls us to repent of our malicious view of God. And to come and see him as good and gracious.

Our hope and our faith is tied to the Word God has sent to us through Jesus. God is saving, resurrecting, renewing. We can live in full color. We can live in honor. Stronger. More than Conqueror. God’s sons and daughters.

So step into the call. Step into the vision. Step into what others cannot see, reinvent yourself into his citizen adoptee. 

A Journey through Chinatown: It’s Alleyways and an Untold Kingdom Story

A Journey through Chinatown: It’s Alleyways and an Untold Kingdom Story

The picture above is how most people see Chinatown. Shopping, eats, fortune cookies, maybe even “oriental curiosities.”  But that street, the main drag, the epicenter of Chinatown’s “face” is called “foreign devils” street by the locals. If you knew the story of Chinatown, and why it had to fight and “sell itself” in order to survive, the name of Grant Ave by locals makes perfect sense. On this tour, you’ll go behind the Chinatown’s “face”  to experience the story of Chinatown.

Revolutionary Love Overcoming Perfectionism

Revolutionary Love Overcoming Perfectionism

I am deeply loved by God. You are deeply loved by God. We are deeply loved by God. 

A friend and I spoke over the weekend about these words, which aren’t anything new to a believer’s ears. Knowing at head level that I am loved by God is expected as a Christian.  But my friend and I came to the conclusion that believing at a heart level—that we are deeply loved by God—that’s revolutionary. 

 

Glimpsing Heaven Through the Slates of Justice

Glimpsing Heaven Through the Slates of Justice

“Release,” a sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli in South Africa, was designed as an ode to South African President Nelson Mandela.   The first time I saw this photo I was struck by how Mandela could only be seen by looking through him; and how that South Africa could be seen by looking at Mandela.