Happy5th of July! We don’t celebrate this day much, but we should. This is the day many of the founding fathers began the l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g struggle to win the freedoms we take for granted. It’s easy to declare your independence and quite another to actually gain it. Moses and his crowd found that out as did Joshua and Caleb, the D-day invasion force, the guys who stormed Iwo Jima’s beaches and millions of others over earth’s long bloody history. Freedom ISN’T free!
I found it quite ironic yesterday to be celebrating freedom for the 6th time in part of the largest prison system in the world run by the same government that has established FEMA camps all over the land (currently empty but guarded) capable of holding millions! Hmmm? ya think they are nervous about their “Pinky and the Brain” plans to rule the world? Maybe they think there are still some Patrick Henry’s, Sam Adams’ and Paul Revere’s out there. I sure HOPE so!
Anyway, all is well here. Lots of heat and wind and a little rain once in while. Great Bible studies with the guys who still need encouraging mail as young converts! Call 877-479-3466 to get a list. Our lunch was hamburgers on the grill and watermelon! Really good! We had a bag supper so the staff could be with their family, like 95% of these guys should be. S-o-o-o-o-o, for supper, I had one of my famous sandwiches (well, around my house they’re famous) with peanut butter, jelly, cheese, banana, turkey, and honey! Wow! You will remember eating THAT for hours! Love em!! Ask my wife or kids if you don’t believe me. )
Good news! I got promoted! I was rolling silverware for $.12/hr, but I am now the Halite Crystal Installation Engineer! (I put the salt in the bag lunches.) Twenty men work 1/2 hr each day to pack condiment bags for the prisons next door. I was putting the tea in the bags. THAT is QUITE ironic! It made me remember a tea party in Boston one time. ) Is it time for another one of those? Lots of folks sure think so. We’ll see if it plays out this November! BTW – Stalin said, “He who votes is not important. He who COUNTS the votes is important!” Hmmm? Who counts your votes? Who checks up on the ones who count?
It is just a rough estimate but I think I have gotten over 10,000 letters since I was sent to prison. I answer nearly all of them and often send one of my world famous (well…not yet ) book markers in my reply. It a simple but great way to minister! It is s-o-o-o-o-o encouraging to get mail and especially testimony letters in which people tell how the videos have changed their lives! All glory to God, alone! Even Elijah got discouraged ya know (I Kn 18; James 5:17). Well, the one I got at mail call an hour ago from someone in Canada gets the prize! I wish I could share all 5 pages but…here is just a summary:
Dear Dr. Dino,
Just after New Years Eve 2007 was the first time I heard your voice. I stopped to visit a friend and was drunk at the time. I was in party mode and arrived bearing gifts—more beer. Two of my friends were there watching these stupid DVD’s of some guy that I figured was a con artist that was out to grab money. Both of the men were bikers and it was strange how they were glued to the screen. I began to mock and criticize and try to get their attention and pretend I was not interested.
But something happened while I slept that night. I awoke with a strange desire to hear and watch more. I put the video back in and watched more. I found myself consumed by the message. We were all pretty hardened in our lives and needed strong proof that what we were hearing about creation verses evolution was true. We searched for mistakes, lies, and slip-ups but couldn’t find any. Fact checking became part of our daily lives. It wasn’t enough that we were convinced that our new Lord and Savior was real-we had to convince everyone else! Soon we were spending days and nights making copies of your DVDs to pass out to friends. J*** would go days and nights without bathing or leaving the house, just fixated on copying and spreading your Gospel message.
I was baptized June 17, 2007. My journey was carefully calculated by God. Kent, God had been trying to reach me for so long and like some wild horse running through fields terrified to become captive and taken care of by the Master, all the while running through barbed wire fences, inflicting unnecessary wounds to itself, with blinders on, running full force, smashing into things. That was me until I heard your DVDs. God Bless you Kent! Love, L***
Letters like this make me s-o-o-o-o-o glad I devoted myself to winning souls 43 years ago. Are you investing your life in things that last forever? You should!
Please pray Acts 12:5 style for my soon release!