JESUS CHRIST OUR
P O Box 14953,
Odessa, TX 79768
I am currently incarcerated in the Ector County Law
Enforcement Center. My aunt asked Brother Leland to
check on me and he did a few days later.
I had a nice long talk with him that day and a few times
since. I have been saved about 16 years and never
quite understood the scripture about “iron sharpens
iron” until I met Leland. He was a big blessing.
There is a song that I heard in my home church called
“Thank you for giving to the Lord.” It makes me think of
Bro. Leland. I believe our Father has welcomed Leland
with open arms and he will have many crowns to lay at
the Master’s feet. He will hear the words, “Well done
thou good and faithful servant.”
Thank you for sharing him with all of us, allowing him
through his ministry to seek out the lost sheep and
guide them back to the flock. My prayers are with you
always, May the love of our Lord surround you at this
time and always. God bless you all.
Your brother in Christ,
T. S., Inmate
Ector Co. Law Enforcement Center
I wish to express to you my sorrow for the loss of
Leland, and my joy over the end of his suffering and a
bountiful entrance into the presence of the Lord Jesus
Christ, whom he loved and served for much of his life.
I really appreciated the stand he took for the absolute
authority of the King James 1611 Bible. This is the only
Bible I’ve used for many years now. The 16th of next
month marks the beginning of my 37th year in the
Florida prison system. But for the grace of God, I truly
don’t believe I could have survived it. But as you know,
with His grace all things are possible! May our Lord
Jesus continue to bless you. Yours in Christ Jesus,
J. C., Inmate
Pray for Sara Bryan, Garland and Jerry Sorrells, Dean and
Myrna Evans, Viola Palmer and Bobbie Wilson. Pray for all
the residents at Madison Health Care Facility and Orchard
Continue to pray for some of Ellen Blanch’s family; George
and Maria Blanch, brother, Doug Heinimeyer and also David
Continue to pray for our pastor’s mother, Sharon Courtney;
she is fighting brain cancer. Pray for her husband, Mike and
the extended family.
Pray for Bob and Belva Lawson for comfort and healing.
Pray for the family and friends of Leland Maples. Pray that we
never fail to honor the Lord Jesus Christ in all we say and do.
He will be missed by so many for so many different reasons.
Continue to pray for Sandy and Vearl McDaniel. Sandy had
back surgery on February 27 and has not had any relief from
the extreme back pain. Vearl is still fighting a rare form of
leukemia and doing chemo again. Pray for comfort and healing
for both of them.
Pray for Judy North, cancer has spread everywhere.
Pray for 17 year old, Dylan Provence; he has testicular cancer
that has spread to his stomach. They can’t operate on the
mass in stomach because it is wrapped around vital arteries
Continue to pray for Austin Reynolds. He is still paralyzed;
has a great attitude and working hard in physical therapy.
Pray for his complete healing and recovery.
Continue to pray for Lana Shaw; still has no relief from
trigeminal neuralgia pain.
Continue to pray for Kenneth Shotwell; he has diabetes, heart
problems, bed sores and is not doing well.
Pray for Marelyn Lavers sister, Judy Thompkins, and also for
Chelsea. They are both doing better.
Continue to pray for Jerry Thorpe; he has been diagnosed with
prostate and kidney cancer. Pray for him and wife, Freddie.
Pray for Darin Wood, pastor of First Baptist in Midland; he has
been diagnosed with cancer.
Continue to pray for Doris West, she is doing better.
Continue to pray for the REC-Room that lives will be touched
and men and women will come to a saving knowledge of the
Lord Jesus Christ. We have had 67 folks saved this year.
Thank you Lord!
Pray for our church that we may remain focused on the Lord
Jesus Christ, the salvation of the lost and faithfulness of all of
Pray for our country, our nation’s leaders and the nation of
Pray too for all our first responders, police, firemen and EMS.
Pray for all of our men and women serving in the armed forces.
Keep them safe until they come home.
Continue to pray for rain!
REC-ROOM MESSAGES ON THE INTERNET
In 2003 we began a weekly meeting we called the REC-Room
(REC meaning Re-Entry Chapel.) Through the LOOPS
in-prison seminars we learned that many people who became
Christians in prison were prone to return to the old life after
being released. Since most of the new Christians were not
from church backgrounds, they had no idea of what to look
for in a church.
With the help of some ex-inmates we started a weekly
meeting that was to be a bridge to local churches. The
meeting consists of refreshments, music, a speaker and
fellowship. Along with presenting the gospel, we worked at
finding employment opportunities, vocational training,
transportation and financial assistance.
Northside Bible Church in Oklahoma City asked us to tape
these programs and they are now placing them on their
website, RightDivision.com. You can find the programs under
the Leland Maples Audio Lessons link:
REC-ROOM MEETING SCHEDULE
FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY & AUGUST
JULY 6, 13, 20, 27 & AUGUST 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
EACH THURSDAY AT 7 P.M.
LIFE CHANGE BAPTIST CHURCH
1000 N. TEXAS – BUILDING 103
If you are interested in a men’s halfway house in the
Midland/Odessa area, contact Jami Butts at:
P. O. BOX 3522
ODESSA, TX 79760
A SPECIAL NOTE
Just wanted to let all of you know that LOOPS will continue,
just as we have for the last twenty-eight years. We will still
offer Bible Correspondence Study Courses to everyone. We
will still have the REC-Room every Thursday night at 7 p.m. at
Life Change Baptist Church and we will continue to publish
our newsletter, “Reflections.”
We will continue Leland’s column of “Keep Looking Up!” in the
newsletter. They will be taken from his book of that same
name. Please pray for us that we honor the Lord Jesus in all
Please keep all of us in your prayers
LOOKING FOR A PEN PAL?
7038 Webster St.
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520-8000
SPECIAL NOTE FOR CORRESPONDENCE
Please write your name on each page of your correspondence
course lessons and put your name and address on the
envelope. Sometimes the envelopes become detached; if you
are missing a set of lessons, please contact us.