Lighthouse Prison Ministries, Inc.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
March 15, 2020
DEAR FAITHFUL FRIENDS AND PARTNERS:
“He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but UNTO HIM who died for them, and rose again.” ( II Corinthians 5:15)
We pray this letter finds you resting in the wonderful redemption of our Lord who gave Himself for us that we might have know the way, the truth, and the life. Thank you for your faithfulness through the years of standing in the gap for us as we fulfill His call and His command to go. Truly God is good and yours prayers and support have been a demonstration of the goodness of our Lord. Our son John has been home with the Lord for two years, and God’s grace and your prayers continue to sustain us.
NEW PATH PROGRAM
I continue to share the gospel in the same jail where I was incarcerated as a young man. The Harris County Jail is the mission field where most of my days are spent, and it is where I get to share Christ with law enforcement officers as well as with many of the 9,000 inmates housed in downtown Houston. As most of you know, the Lord used a district judge to order me to a Bible-based program in 1978 after being arrested for my eighth felony related to heroin addiction. The Harris County Sheriff’s Department has now given me my own cellblock to duplicate the program that saved my life!!!! I am very excited to be able to handpick men who want to come out of darkness and walk in the Light of Jesus Christ. Please pray for the NEW PATH PROGRAM. The same week the cellblock opened up, a family called me about their young son, Conner, who had been arrested and was near death. I moved Conner into my new cellblock away from the chaos of the rest of the jail. As Conner got his heart right with the Lord, his eyes, which had once been darkened by sin, filled with light. He has since been released but every time I talk to him he tells me that he believes God made the New Path Program happen just for him! My answer is “yes” to his statement, because even if it saved his life alone, it has all been worth it. We teach the Sufficiency of Salvation (Romans 1:16), the Sufficiency of the Scripture (II Timothy 3:16-17), and the Sufficiency of Sanctification (Philippians 1:6).
I had the wonderful honor early this year to visit my friends at REGENERATION RESERVATION in Arizona. Scott and Kathy Murphy have been used of God to minister to the American Indians for well over 30 years and have established an incredible ministry in the tribal jail on the San Carlo Apache Reservation. It was such a joy to be able to share my testimony to the Apache men in that tribal jail. Many of the men on the reservation never reach the age of forty due to the epidemic of substance abuse. I thank God that Scott has extended an open invitation to come and be a part of what Jesus is doing there. Please pray that the Lord will continue open new doors to share the good news of salvation.
Let me close by once again saying, “thank you” for being a blessing to so many. As we move toward another crucial election in our nation we must remember that our ultimate hope and focus must be on the Kingdom of God and not the kingdom of man. Certainly we must pray and do our duty as American citizens, but we must never forget the admonition Paul wrote to the church from his prison cell in a totally depraved culture in 1st century Rome. He reminded us in Philippians 3:20 that our TRUE CITIZENSHIP and our primary allegiance are to King Jesus, and our main duty is to obey His command to go. Salvation of souls is the only answer for this world.
John & Anne Downs
March 11, 2019
Hear John Downs give a testimony of how God saved him from a life of heroin addiction. This link will take you to the Roloff Evangelistic Enterprise “Family Altar Program” website:
December 28, 2017
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017
One of the highlights of 2017 was sharing my story with the Apache Indians in Arizona at a tribal jail. Meth addiction has devastated the reservation, and it was such a joy to go with missionary Scott Murphy and love on those guys. Pray for the ongoing work at Regeneration Reservation in Arizona.
Because of the nature of the field God has called me to, I take great joy when I see abiding fruit in a life. One of the greatest joys I have is going to prison with some guys I have seen come to Christ, get out, live for God, and then go back in to share the message. I recently was with one such man who came to Christ in my service over 20 years ago and now has homes that house prisoners who are getting out with no place to live. That one salvaged and serving life is why I go.