AH-HA Moments – October 2017

We are honored to share with you this special AH-HA Moment experience, through the eyes of Pastor Tim Fangmeier, good friend and colleague. Tim is involved in prison ministry and each year asks his network of friends to pray for people in prison at a specific time and day as the Kairos 25 team visits and relates with them.

Here are some quotes on Tim’s experience on this year’s ministry event:

I wanted to share with you a brief report of the Kairos weekend I just attended and to say a word of thanks to all of you who supported us with Prayer, Cookies and Financial Gifts!

The Kairos went extremely well!  I think all of the 41 participants were influenced toward faith in Jesus Christ.  Many had a change of heart and mind as they began to really see the message of Grace and the depth of God’s Forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  We had ample team members and a strong team outside.  The participants come from a wide and varied background.  Many are of different faiths than Christianity and with different sentences.  Many who were with us have revolved in and out of prison much of their adult life.  We treat them all as friends in Christ and fellow pilgrims on a journey of faith.

And then, there’s the participants… those wonderful souls that the Lord has called us to “love on” for Him. All different – all just as important to Him as we are. 

  • There’s the man who works in the furniture plant who enjoys music, but can’t sing a note.
  • The Native American who can’t believe there’s “Christians” who actually love without beating him down with their Bible. 
  • There’s the drug abuser whose family has finally had enough, and has broken off all communication. 
  • There’s the 70 year old that has spent 22 years in solitary confinement due to outbursts of anger that resulted in devastating acts of violence. 
  • And, to quote a brother from the inside; “God loves every damn one of them”!

 I am so thankful for God’s grace.  I’d like to thank you all for the way you’ve joined us in being the hands and feet of Jesus.

When asked in what spiritual condition they arrived at Kairos, the groups responded:  

  • “In denial…spiritually dry…broken…curious…unsure…lost…skeptical… ashamed…without hope… “

But here this weekend, we found:    

  • “Love…support…a new family… brotherhood… faith… forgiveness… joy… humility…real people-who actually care!
  • The earthmoving power of forgiveness… LOVE”

We’re leaving today with:

  • “A new perspective…love…hope…family…fellowship…
  • A realization that there are good people out there who can look at us like human beings… LOVE”

Memorable quotes:

  • “You know, we’re all different… Different races, different religions… Different backgrounds… This weekend, the one thing that we’ve all had in common is the love shared here…”
  • “I’ve seen all these guys who went to Kairos, they came back different… They came back changed… I wanted some of that…”
  • “Never in my life did I ever think I’d hug this many grown men!”
  • “Last night (Saturday night), I let go of some things that I’ve held on to for a very long time…”
  • “I realize that I’ve built up these walls around myself… ‘stones’ like hate,  fear, and pride, have kept me from being a disciple…”
  • “I’ve actually seen people that I’ve hated, praying for each other and worshipping together…”
  • “I wanted to come to Kairos.  I didn’t know what to expect…  I just wasn’t expecting this much love… Or feeling like family…”
  • “I can’t tell you how it makes me feel, to be part of a family who loves me for WHO I am… Not ‘what’ (grabs sleeve of his shirt) I am… “
  • “I’ve had so many burdens that I’ve carried on me for years… Those burdens are falling away… I’m starting to have hope…”

“And now, these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

For more information, contact at:

Pastor Tim Fangmeier, Davidson, NC

tim@giftedpeople.org

Thanks, Tim and Rae, for being AH-HA people to so many who often get stuck on the UH-OH’s of life, including us!

May this month be filled with AH-HA Moments for all of us, as we joyfully serve and celebrate our AH-HA Lord!

Rich Bimler