CHRISTMAS IN THE ZONE

Getwell's Christmas Mission Project that benefits Marshall County Correctional Facility

Last year was Getwell's first year to support "Christmas In The Zone" - an effort to show the love of Jesus to the 1,000 men housed at Marshall County Correctional Facility. Many of the men housed in MCCF are there with little to no support from family or friends. They are responsible for purchasing needed items such as shampoo and toothpaste from the prison commissary, and without the support of family members, many men do without. For the past several years, Christians in the community have shared the love of Jesus with these men by providing each with a Christmas bag filled with toiletries, socks and candy. Last year, Getwell families filled bags for inmates, but due to COVID, this year we are collecting donations so that items can be purchased in bulk and distributed safely. 


HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

ON CAMPUS:

Pick up an envelope with a money collection card in the FLC lobby. Each card collects $10. Fill up the card with ten $1s (or two $5's or one $10...) and return it in the envelope to the collection box in the FLC Lobby, Third Place or the Kids Building by October 11.

ONLINE:

Click over to getwellchurch.org/giveonline and make a donation to the "Christmas In The Zone" fund of $10 (or more) before October 11.


THANK YOU for helping Getwell reach out to these men during the Christmas season with the love of Jesus.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

ON CAMPUS:

Pick up an envelope with a money collection card in the FLC lobby. Each card collects $10. Fill up the card with ten $1s (or two $5's or one $10...) and return it in the envelope to the collection box in the FLC Lobby, Third Place or the Kids Building by October 11.

ONLINE:

Click over to getwellchurch.org/giveonline and make a donation to the "Christmas In The Zone" fund of $10 (or more) before October 11.

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:

“ANYONE WHO LIVES WITHOUT BLAME WALKS SAFELY. BUT ANYONE WHO TAKES A CROOKED PATH WILL GET CAUGHT.” PROVERBS 10:9, NIRV


Getwell Kids’ Memory verse for October talks about a person who is going down a wrong (or crooked) path, which leads them to make bad decisions. God always sees us when we make a bad decision; but when a person makes a bad decision that hurts or harms someone else, we can be sure he or she will be caught, like the Bible says. Often that person is sent to prison.


Some of the people who have made a terrible decision and gotten caught and go to prison then get saved, and they start learning to walk in INTEGRITY - choosing to turn from the crooked path and walk on a straight path, full of truth and good words and good decisions that help people instead of harming them. They think of others first instead of themselves, and they are truly sorry for what they did and ask God to change their hearts and lives. When they receive a bag full of things like toothpaste and a toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, candy or fruit, it reminds them that there are believers - Christ-followers - who remember them in prison and want to 

encourage them as they learn to walk in integrity and make good choices. The writer of Hebrews tells us to do this, to remember those in prison as if we ourselves were in prison. (Heb 13:3)


So no matter who gets the bag - someone who loves Jesus and is walking in integrity, or someone who doesn’t yet know what that means - we trust God will use the items in the bag to encourage the men at Marshall County Correctional Facility and tell them - or remind them - of Jesus and His unfailing love, grace, and forgiveness. Some of these prisoners haven’t heard the gospel of Christ and don’t yet know about Jesus and salvation, the bag helps them see what grace and forgiveness and love look like. For them, the bags becomes a way to share Christ’s love in a tangible way: they can touch and feel and see that someone cared about them enough to put some items in a bag and give it to them without asking them to do anything or give 

something back. Maybe one of them will ask WHY we would do something like this, and we will have a chance to tell them how Jesus died for us while we were still sinners (Rom 5:8) and loved us a long time before we loved Him back. It lets them know that our story of salvation can be their story one day, just like it is ours.