County Corrections Gospel Mission

The Contender

Newsletter of County Corrections Gospel Mission

October 2018


 The Core Value of Our  Ministry - Jack Crans

 John 17:17 Sanctify them through  thy truth, thy word is truth.

I observed the celebration of America as hosted from the west-lawn of the nation’s Capitol on the evening of July 4. Even in this darkening hour the words kept on being heralded: God Bless America! I watched with gratefulness for this precious land and her people, and I wondered: How long shall we know this costly peace? How refreshing that even in a ‘secular’ (and supposed, politically-correct venue) the words kept on being cried: God Bless America! 

The very next day, Sunday, July 5th, I heard my son, Timothy Paul Crans, pastor of Wagontown Chapel, preach from Exodus 33:1-10 and powerfully beckon us to worship the LORD in obedience to His holiness. I was sobered and elated to hear him call us to the very secret of our nation’s only hope!

I am writing this letter on Tuesday morning, July 7th and have just emailed the following words to all of my family. Forgive the lengthy quote from the Charles Haddon Spurgeon, but realize that it reveals the most wonderful counsel I could ever share with my precious sons and their families ‘for such a time as this.’

“Sanctify them through thy truth.” John 17:17

Sanctification begins in regeneration. The Spirit of God infuses into man that new living principle by which he becomes ‘a new creature’ in Christ Jesus. This work, which begins in the new birth, is carried on in two ways-mortification, whereby the lusts of the flesh are subdued and kept under; and vivification, by which the life which God has put within us is made to be a well of water springing up into everlasting life. This is carried on every day in what is called ‘perseverance’, by which the Christian is preserved and continued in a gracious state, and is made to abound in good works unto the praise and glory of God; and it culminates or comes to perfection, in ‘glory’, when the soul, being thoroughly purged, is caught up to dwell with holy beings at the right hand of the Majesty on high. But while the Spirit of God is thus the author of salvation, yet there is a visible agency employed which must not be forgotten. ‘Sanctify them’, said Jesus, ‘through thy truth: thy word is truth.’ The passages of Scripture that prove that the instrument of our sanctification is the Word of God are very many. The Spirit of God brings to our mind the precepts and doctrines of truth, and applies them with power. These are heard in the ear, and being received in the heart, they work in us to will and to do of God’s good pleasure. The truth is the sanctifier, and if we do not hear or read the truth, we shall not grow in sanctification. We only progress in sound living as we progress in sound understanding. ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.’ Do not say of any error, ‘It is a mere matter of opinion.’ No man indulges an error of judgment, without sooner or later tolerating an error in practice. Hold fast the truth, for by so holding the truth shall you be sanctified by the Spirit of God.

I continually say to my sons: Stay in the Word of God and you will shine as a light in the universe, holding forth the Word of Life!  Herein is what made America great, and what alone would preserve her; would that God be so merciful!

The very centering of County Corrections Gospel Mission must be the sacred Scriptures! The wonderful truth of the meditation on John 17:17 calls us to nothing less! The core value of all our ministry efforts is the prayerful and faithful proclamation of God’s Word! Herein, is our hope.


Jim Liske at Camp at Old Mill

On Sunday, July 26 at 6:00 pm at Camp at Old Mill we will once again be hosting (rain or shine) the Fourth Sunday Night Sermon Meeting which will feature the music of Sarah Timm (American Music Theater and Sight and Sound Theater); and the Executive Director of Prison Fellowship: Jim Liske, (in picture above with Charles Colson) who leads this international ministry on behalf of millions of prisoners. We want this to be a very special night that continues to celebrate your support of our many initiatives at County Corrections Gospel Mission, Camp at the Old Mill and the Bridge Academy Community Center. The evening will be one of song, preaching and centering on the Heart Cry of Criminal Justice to the Church. You are invited...

Hear a recording of Will God Judge America? by Pastor Larry Burd which he preached during the June 2015 event.


Camp at Old Mill

The Camp at Old Mill continues to evidence the ongoing work of evangelism and discipleship in the lives of at-risk children and youth from Coatesville, Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Many local churches are sending their youth and families to serve in the lives of the fatherless and the poor. The urgent cries of incarcerated mothers and fathers are being addressed in the costly and mandated obedience of God’s people in the lives of those ready to perish (Proverbs 24:11,12).

See the exuberant joy on the faces of the children who attended our Summer Camps in the these pictures taken by our dear friend, Don of Smelter Mountain.

I'm happy to report that considerable blessings continue to pour into the improvement of the camp’s ‘waste-water-system’ and we are experiencing a tide-of-support that can only be attributed to the working of God in the hearts of individuals and churches.


Prayer Requests


• Please pray for Joshua and Jason as they host Best Shot Basketball Camp under the gracious and continued assistance of Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); and as they labor in the lives of so many young men in the City of Coatesville.


• Perhaps there is someone who might be interested in the following need: A very crucial vehicle in our ministry, a Dodge Caravan (8-seater) has just been declared ‘un-useable’ with approximately 250,000 miles of faithful transport and service for the cause of the Gospel. We have need of replacing this before the end-of-summer, especially, as it is vital to both staff transportation to prison and also, is great for transport of wheelchairs and the carriage of the handicapped and elderly. We can acquire a new Dodge Caravan at 0 % interest for $300.00/month or the total cost of $25,000.00. A gracious gift of $5,000.00 would allow us to go forward with a down payment by early August.


• Please consider that all of our staff are missionaries who so need your support. They are responsible to raise their own support. Tax-deductible donations can be made toward their support through County Corrections Gospel Mission. Please pray for Heinrich and Susan Botes, Leon and Mary Brubaker, Joshua and Jordan Crans, Valerie Mayo, Jason and Kari Jarvis, Grant Wise, Jack and Sue Crans.


• As stated earlier, the Word of God is center to all we do. Pray for the deep penetrating work of God’s Word in Chester County Prison as we focus on biblically based initiatives that address repentance and the hearts of so many incarcerated mothers and fathers. Pray for our Family Re-Entry Initiatives and for the application of resources such as: Behold Your GodMalachi Dads, and Hannah’s Gift.  Pray that themes such as: Repent and Re-Parent impact hearts once so deeply broken!


Thank you for your gracious love and prayers that you continue to pour out upon us! We see His hand of mercy and hear His voice of cheer…and just the time we need Him, He’s always near!

Serving A Living Savior, Who Is In the World Today!


John (Jack) Lawrence Crans (Executive Director)

Exodus 36:1-7  (A powerful testimony of a willing people!)


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