Bishop Ward and Otis Hardy, a participant in DBOM, reflect on the importance of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries for those who are incarcerated in North Carolina’s prisons. August 23rd is a Sunday designated for the DBOM offering in the life of NCCUMC churches. Please consider giving to this vital ministry.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
I am here with Rev. Otis Hardy, as together we invite your partnership and support of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries. Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries are a way that we, in the North Carolina Conference, and the Western North Carolina Conference, have partnered together, to engage in Bible study with those who are living in the prisons of North Carolina. Your support has made possible great ministry to which Rev. Hardy gives witness.
Bishop Ward: Can you share ways this ministry has been a blessing to you?
Rev. Hardy: Yes, I was one of the first students 15 years ago in Wake Correctional Center when Discipleship Bible Study ministries came in and there was fellowship. They really educated me and helped me to build upon my faith that I already had in Christ, incarcerated, so Discipleship Bible Studies increased, helped me to build this plateau of strength that when I was getting ready to prepare myself to go beyond that, I already had some strength. So that was a blessing to me in just the building of new relationships.
Bishop Ward: Your witness echos the conference theme that we are living with, “From Strength to Strength” in the North Carolina Conference. We give thanks for the way God takes us where we are.
Rev. Hardy: Right, Amen
Bishop Ward: and leads us to a new and better place.
Rev. Hardy: Amen. Surely it has been a blessing to me. I mean, I left prison, the Governor, Governor Jim Hunt, introduced me to a new world, Edenton Street Methodist Church. I was baptized. From then on, Rev. Green come to visit me and my life has been owned ever since. So it is continuously, you know, the study continues in your life, if you’re willing to take part. It truly was a blessing to me. This is one of the cornerstones of my life, you know, that I’ve experienced.
Bishop Ward: We give thanks for your ministry, and for your willingness to share your story so that we can continue to be engaged in the prisons of our state.
Rev. Hardy: Amen.
Bishop Ward: Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry invites an annual offering on Aug. 23 or the Sunday of your choice this fall. Thank you for your partnership. Volunteers are always encouraged to be in touch. Your gifts make a difference. Thank you for your generosity.