The Contender

"It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 1:3 

October 2018


Forcible and Right Words - Jack Crans

Psalms 8:1, 2 “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”

Matthew 11: 21, 25, 28-30  “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes…At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and the prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes…Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

How does one "still" the adversity and punishment being so vented and exercised against God and His Word? What "rest" is availed to those who labor in that precious Word and who are heavy laden? Each of these wonderful passages encourage us as they contrast the strength of the infant over the infidel: “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength“ and ‘hast revealed them unto babes.” In the Psalm, the LORD stills the enemy and the avenger. In the Gospel, God gives rest to the weary of heart.

I long to hear right and forcible words that can only be drawn from a heart that is crying out to God for wisdom. “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast ordained praise!” If there is going to be anything spoken of merit and of might, it must be drawn from the heart of God who has spoken!  It will be the innocent and dependent heart of the ‘infant’ that quiets the proud and audacious heart of the ‘infidel.’

On Veterans Day (November 11), I addressed two gatherings of law enforcement leaders. The first was in the context of a training day for a local police agency. The second, a monthly luncheon for Chiefs of Police. Although my remarks had to be brief, I longed to speak right words that God could use to encourage and inspire their heavy, laden hearts. I had just viewed a brief speech of President Ronald Reagan from a historic memorial service that honored a soldier who had survived the first assault in the invasion of Normandy...

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Pray that God increasingly counsel us to have ‘right and forcible words’ that will address every awesome door of opportunity that He has already opened to us.

In closing, I want to repeat my most earnest confession again and again: Thank You for your prayerful and constant supply in selfless surrender of yourself to the praise of His glory! 

Praying God’s Fullest Measure of Blessing to You!

Jack Crans, Executive Director

Psalms 145 (A Psalm of Praise)


Come Pray With Us

You are invited to join us on Sunday, November 22 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at Camp at Old Mill, 127 Brandamore Road, Honey Brook, Pennsylvania for Solemn Prayers. We're praying for Revival in our churches, in our communities and even in the most "unlikely" places such as the inner-cities and prisons. As much as is possible, we seek to maintain a constant vigilance concerning such assemblies on each month’s Fourth Sunday. Please enter it on your calendar and tell others.



A slow-bleed is occurring in the shortfall of fiscal support of our CCGM Missionaries… most especially, Heinrich Botes, Joshua Crans and Jason Jarvis and their families. I lay this at your feet and ask that you join us in prayer for this urgent concern. While many love to support programs and specific projects, we are fully dependent upon the healthy and gracious supply of our missionary families. We have an exceptional team of selfless laborers who have long served with the reality of such a shortfall. If you want to invest in servant-hearts and a willing people, please seek the strengthening of these precious families. Your tax-deductible gift during the upcoming holiday period will be greatly appreciated.


Christmas Gifts Needed

A great shortfall of sponsors for ‘Kid’s Club Christmas’ gifts has sadly become a reality. This is grievously true regarding ‘Angel Tree Sponsors’ for our women at the Chester County Prison. We know that many churches are already ‘spent’ in worthy projects and we rejoice that God is at work in mighty ways in His Body, the Church. Thank you to all who continue to spend and be spent on behalf of ‘CCGM’ and ‘BACC’ throughout the year. We are actually encouraged by faithful churches that are rising up to embrace the heart-cries of the Chester County Prison and the urgent appeal for mentors and encouragers of the imminent Reentry Family Initiatives. Perhaps I am wrong, but ministry ought to be measurably relative to one’s location and actual reach. The callings of God will never demand our costly service far away to the neglect of needful rescue before our very eyes. “May those in Darkness be so aware of the Light that they must either be converted or constantly bear the discomforting presence of the faithful people of God.”


Prayer Needs 

• On Thursdays we need faithful and willing churches/helpers to help prepare and serve food during Bible Clubs for women (lunch) and to supply a meal for our Children’s Bible Club volunteers and staff (dinner). These needs are very real and I’d rejoice if you’d write or call us with any hopeful interest in assisting.


 Pray as we prepare to host Pointman Leadership Institute in May and pray as our daily work takes us before the fatherless and before the most mighty in authority. Quite frankly, without God’s intervention, we are but dust

• Pray for our Thursday Bible Clubs for Mothers(am) and Youth(pm) as well as for the penetrating and strategic work of the ‘Bridge Academy Community Center.’

• Prayerfully consider relieving the evident ‘shortfall’ of support for several of our missionary staff.

Camp Picture


County Corrections Gospel Mission is a faith-ministry, entirely dependent on the Lord for His provision and protection. He has for many decades faithfully supplied in our need for “daily bread”. At times He used other members of His Body to pass those provisions, always enough and always on time. We praise Him for His great love and mercy. If you want, you can also help.

You, your church, family or group may “adopt” or take on any of the items below as a long-term project or commitment. Your involvement could include your expertise, finance, labor and time while we will do all we can to facilitate such involvement. Some groups prefer to visit Camp at Old Mill during our “down time” and make it an annual fun event which may even include a sleep-over!

Here are some suggestions:

The Camp at Old Mill facility

There are several buildings on the Camp at Old Mill property, where County Corrections Gospel Mission is situated. They include some of historic significance such as the beautiful stone-built Barn and Mill House (it now contains the kitchen and dining room on the first floor and the maintenance room and small apartment downstairs) and then also the Chapel and Office, Boys Dorm, Girls Dorm, the Pavilion, the snack shop, the Carriage House, two guest cottages and the public restrooms. The property, which is next to the Brandywine River, offers water-based activities including canoes and slides. Campers can enjoy the volley ball and basket ball courts, swings and the more challenging zip lines and an obstacle course. Beautiful bridges give access to the northern bank of the Brandywine Creek where a rustic gazebo offers shade from the sun.

Each of the above-mentioned requires constant maintenance and we would like to keep the camp in a pristine condition. Help us achieve that goal.

Our Programs

Choose one or more from the list in the Programs menu on our website.

Our Staff 

Each of our staff members is a missionary and there are many innovative ways to encourage and support them. Meet our full-time and part-time staff.



Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 22: Solemn Prayer at Camp at Old Mill 


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