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 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.
October 25, 2015
PRAY FOR PROTECTION
As we move rapidly toward the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise of His return (John 14:1-6), we also are seeing the conditions that are so clearly spelled out in II Timothy 3:1-6 and 3:12-14 ramping up at an incredible pace. The spirit of this age is affecting the ministry inside the jails and prisons in many ways. False teaching abounds and doctrines of demons are being embraced at incredible rates. Addiction to hard drugs has quadrupled as people try to fill their spiritual vacuum and kill the pain of being raised in godless, fatherless, violent homes. As we move more and more toward a Christ-mocking world, I have watched firsthand the violence in the jails and prisons escalate at alarming rates.
I help oversee several hundred volunteers at the 3rd largest jail in America. I recently told them the violence is so bad that I cannot promise their safety once they were inside the facility. I have seen blood spilled in almost every chapel we have in the jail. I have had more fights break out in my services this year than since I started to minister in the Harris County jail in 1982.
I recently had a huge fight break out in a service, and I am thankful for God’s protection as well as the inmates who love God that surrounded me and shielded me from the violence and blood that spilled in the chapel. It was an attack on a man who was in my Foundations Class and has been on fire for Christ. The attack happened while we were praying.
The enemy would love for me to quit (and sometimes my flesh does too), but the Call and the Commission remain, and I still know that when I am telling drug addicts how I got out of my heroin addiction into the glorious grace of God, there is a peace and a joy I cannot explain.
Please pray for safety for the inmates and the jail volunteers, as well as for myself.
Telling the Story,
October 8, 2015
I HAVE NEVER LOST THE WONDER
Recently, a young man (who I now feel like is one of my own sons) asked me if he could talk privately with me. He has been locked up for four years awaiting trial for a capital murder he committed when he was seventeen. I have been watching him since he gave his life to Christ, and for the past four years I sat and watched him devour the Word of God and bring other inmates to Christ as he has been awaiting the outcome of his sentence. I knew he was facing a life sentence.
He told me he had just come back from court and met with his attorneys. He then told me something that once again reminded me of just how powerful the gospel is to bring a man to full biblical repentance. He said, “Chaplain Downs, they offered to only give me 30 years in prison since I was not the one who actually shot the man, and the Lord immediately impressed me to tell them that I wanted them to talk to the victim’s family. If the family thinks I should get more time, then I want to honor them because it’s not about me, it’s about them.”
That, my friend, is a heart that has been radically transformed by the love of God and the Word of God. I HAVE NEVER LOST THE WONDER of seeing this with my own eyes as the power of God changes monsters into men of God. Thank you for standing with me in proclaiming this message.
I have not lost the wonder of the amazing grace of God. Only I know personally just how deep the pit of heroin addiction I was in at the time of my conversion in 1978. Thank God for a man named Lester Roloff who believed there was no pit too deep for the grace of God. I have never lost the wonder of the Word of God. It is through that Word and only that Word a man or woman gets the new birth, a new mind, and a new roadmap for life!! My plea to you today is that if you have lost the wonder, then simply come home. Begin again as though you’d never known Him.
Please pray for me as I preach in jails, prisons, and churches across our nation. Again I want to thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support in fulfilling the calling upon my life. As drug addiction continues in epidemic proportions across our nation the message has never been more needed.
Telling the Story,