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THE MIKE SUBLETTE REPORT

GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. WHO WAS AND IS AND IS TO COME. IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD. THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND MADE HIS DWELLING AMONG US. AMEN

Hello Friends, and Family, With the help of the Lord I intend to bring every one who receives this letter some good news. Oh, I know what you are thinking. He is going to preach to us. No, I hope not because I know that most of you will run from preaching. What I want to do is tell you a story, a story that spans 45 years. Here is my story: I am going to jump to when I was 16. Popular in school, lots of girlfriends, played sports and was good at them. I had a car that was paid for, a job after school to provide money, but I wasn't happy. Something was missing. I didn't know what. So I started looking. Alcohol was my first experiment. It tasted terrible and made me act stupid, and then it made me sick afterwards. So, then I started to experiment with drugs. One day, I smoked a joint on the way to football practice. It made me fill a little giddy and then hungry. "Big deal", I thought. "Is this what people go to prison for?" Two weeks later, I am introduced to speed. I was with some friends who were all doing it. They were having a ball, so I tried it. It was great! I had endless energy, and the courage to do things that I was scared to do before. Fun until the dope wore off......... That started a spiral down hill that went on until at the age of 37 I committed an armed robbery and ended up in prison. "Man, what am I doing here? I don't belong here. I'm not like these guys". Reality set in. But, for the first time since the age of 16, I got straight. My brain started working again, and I started going to church just to get out of my cell. I already had a belief in God, but I felt he was powerless to help. I did two calendar years at Coffield and Beto-1 Prisons. I got out with all kinds of good intentions and I went back to the same neighborhood, It was the same friends, same work, and I expected things to be different. They weren't! I was back on dope again within months of my release. I went back on a Parole violation with the possibility of having to do the remainder of my sentence - 4 years. Again, I woke up in prison. By this time, I am 41 and am going nowhere fast. My family and friends have all written me off as a lost cause. An embarrassment is all that I am - A loser. I was a broken man. No one was harder on me than myself. I relive the past over and over. The unit I am on is a very dangerous one. I prayed to God and asked Him to protect me. Time after time I avoided trouble, some of it life threatening. I started keeping track of answered prayer. God was actually moving in my life. But Satan came in and said, "No man, there ain't no God". Having a belief in God and living for God are two different things. I started going to church again. But this time, I was serious. I felt that this was my last chance. I was angry and hurting terribly bad. I knew that if I didn't change that I was going to become a real criminal for the rest of my life. So, one Sunday, when the preacher said that if we just put control of our lives in Jesus' hands everything would be ok. I thought, "What do I have to lose"? I had tried it my way all of my life, and look where it got me! So, when the preacher gave an altar call, I was the first one up front. I almost ran up there. I turned control of my life over to Jesus. I put Him in charge. I actually felt a burden lifted off my shoulders. My life was no longer my responsibility. The rest of my time in prison, I lived for Jesus. I was a "Jail House Preacher". The men responded to me because I was sincere, and I let the Holy Spirit lead. I did 2 years and paroled to a place called Calvary Commission for a nine month discipleship program.

At Calvary Commission I found a missionary base that specializes in taking ex-cons and making men of God out of them. I have since completed the 9 month program called LIFE SKILLS INSTITUTE. I continued on in the International College of Missions at Calvary Commission and received my Associates' Degree in Biblical Studies and Missions. God is so good!

Since graduating, many good things have been happening. I went to Sudan, Africa, with YWAM and Voice of the Martyrs, where we ministered to the persecuted church. I have ministered in Mexico numerous times. Now prison ministry is taking up most of my time.

My wife and I minister in prison almost every week. Oh, I forgot to mention I got married. God is so good! I now have a wife who loves Jesus even more than I do. She plays the keyboard and sings. We are the perfect combination, I preach and she sings. My wife can also preach if needed.

I now have my own air conditioning business and a home with 8 acres that will be paid off in a year and a half. If things were any better I could not take it! My only desire now is that my wife and I could draw even closer to Jesus than we are and that we can love others like Jesus loves us.

My wife, Judy, and I would love to hear from anyone touched by my testimony. Please e-mail us at MRJMSublette@msn.com.

Put God in control of all situations in your life and you will see miracles happen. May God reveal His truth and love to you more everyday.

Love,

Mike & Judy Sublette

   
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