Hope you don't mind me writing to you, but I couldn't stop thinking about your words. I went to your church service here at Eddie Warrior for the first time ever and it touched me so deeply I couldn't keep myself from crying. You treat us like we are not just an inmate.
I've learned a lot about the Lord in the last 17 months, and I grow even closer to Him as time passes. He is always at my side and I can call on Him to answer me. I can't wait to teach my four babies about Him.
I know I've made a lot of mistakes in my life and one put me in prison. I don't know what I was thinking, but I have woke up and changed. I can't do this to my family. My wonderful husband and family need me and I want to be the best mother possible.
Please pray for me. I get parole in January and need prayer. I want to go to college and study oncology. Maybe I'll be the one to find the cure for cancer. I'm looking to get my LPN license too. This is something I always wanted to do and I won't let prison take this away.
Thank you so much for opening my eyes and touching my life. I'll never forget your words.
Your CD was given to us by a friend who is a truck driver. He said he picked it up in Kentucky. My husband and I sat and listened to your testimony. We felt it was such a strong testimony that we would like to share it with friends (some are pastors) and also take it to the jail and let the women listen to it. From time to time we do a ladies’ ministry at Woodford County Jail. We live in El Paso, IL. I believe some “D” cell batteries for my CD player and a box of Kleenex might be very powerful.
My husband used quite a bit of Kleenex as we listened and it had us both praising the Lord for another soul snatched up out of the darkness. We were shouting Hallelujah to our creator and praising Him for his cleansing blood and His abundant love, no matter how filthy we feel. Our God knows the medicine we need at just the right time to lift our spirits and get us back on our journey.
We appreciate your ministry and will remember you in our prayers. May the Lord bless you in your work.
In Christ’s Love,
B and L
Just a short letter to let you know how much I appreciate all the prayers. I was sure feeling down until I caught the show (radio broadcast) Saturday. There is not much to laugh about here, but I sure as heck got a good one out of the story of Candy, the Bull tamer, and also when you were telling about the bologna sandwiches.
I had to praise the Lord for a 3 minute, cold as ice, shower last night. A few months ago I would have been cussing someone out for it, but it sure feels better to just be thankful for what we do get.
Well, bye, brother. You take care & give my love to everyone.
Thoughts & prayers,
Scott, At Big Mac
Dear Brother Tony,
I wanted to write you a short letter of thanks. I really appreciate you and God for the blessing. God has really been good to me. I’m so ready to join Him in His Kingdom. I know it will be a place of beauty…..I don’t have much longer left in this world…...I’m not scared at all….I’ve been here (Joseph Harp) a long time…..
(This man is dying of cancer. We bought him a pair of shoes.)
Dear Tony Mac,
We just wanted to tell you how we enjoyed your message….at S.E. Baptist Church. We have your CD and it was moving, but seeing you in person and talking with you was a joyous, wonderful experience for our family. You truly touched our hearts with your message of Christ. You are a shining example of what the power of the Holy Spirit can do if we only open our heart to receive it. The power of God is an awesome thing….May God continue to bless you and your family richly.
Jerry and Teresa
I just wanted to write to say thank you a million for sharing the Word of God with us. We love you….You are really doing a great job for God. I’ve been at three of the prisons you preached at in the last 13 months….I just wanted you to know that the (inmates) were always happy to know you were coming. We are all real proud of you and feel like you ran a hard race and crossed the finish line first. There is a lot of love and respect for you….
I remember the movie “Castaway” starring Tom Hanks. When Tom found himself stranded on a deserted island, he found peace and companionship with a Wilson soccer ball. “Mr. Wilson” played a roll in saving his life.
I would never dream of likening Christian volunteers to a rubber ball, yet count me assured enough to stand on this notion. The Christian men and women who come into this place and assemble with us to sing and share a word, play no second fiddle to the importance Mr. Wilson had upon Tom Hanks’ life.
Dear Tony and Family,
How are you guys? Sure hope and pray you are doing great!
Listen Tony, I am so proud of you, my friend, for your unwavering stand for our Lord. I have listened to you, your family members, even your true friends on the radio every Saturday preaching the word, and giving your testimonies, and I have never been moved so much in my life. You all are a great inspiration to myself and to many others in these stinking prisons, especially down here on H Block.
It is fair to say, I live from Saturday to Saturday waiting on you to come on the radio to refill my spiritual reserve and to get me though the week. It’s not just a hit and miss thing you are doing, Tony. You hit a “HOMERUN” every Saturday! GO my friend!
You are making a huge difference and giving a lot of hope to many lost souls in here. I’ve witnessed many “hard heads” get excited about you coming on the radio on Saturdays, so I know you are penetrating hardened hearts where no other person would or even could. What God has and is still doing for you is not going unnoticed. Feed His sheep Brother, feed His sheep!
God bless you and your family, Tony!
Brothers in Christ,
P.S. I’m sorry I could not give more, (this man sent $5.00) but I assure you more will follow. My heart is in your ministry and what you are doing. I surrendered my life to our Lord in Aug., 2004 and have not turned back since. My life and spirit have never been more blessed.
I am a truck driver and was passing through the Pilot truck stop in Brooks, KY the other day. While on the phone, I noticed a CD titled “Free in Christ” sitting below the pay phone. Being a Christian, I recognized this as someone’s ministry to non-believers, However, I felt compelled to listen to it. So I grabbed the copy as I was headed back to the truck. I immediately popped the CD into the stereo and began to listen to it as I drove on. Let me tell you, I’ve listened to a lot of these tapes/CDs left in truck stops mostly out of curiosity and most of them, frankly, are fairly weak in the message. This one, however, was the best I’ve ever heard. I had to stop the truck because I couldn’t stop crying toward the end. I praise God for his conversion!
Tony Mac’s testimony is something that should be shared on a wider scale. Have you considered submitting it to “Focus on the Family” or one of the other nationally syndicated radio shows? If not, I would recommend doing so. I have no doubt his testimony will impact many lives, given the chance to do so.
I have ripped a copy of it (converted it into an MP-3 file) and dropped the CD off at the Pilot truck stop in Erie, PA. I hope and pray a non-believer will come to know Christ as a result of listening to it.
In His Grace,
I just want you to know that since I have become a Christian, you, Clay and Mona have become a fundamental part of my new life.
Anyone who sees you minister clearly sees that the Lord Jesus truly has called you to service!
I look forward to coming to see you minister each month. I look forward as though I am getting a visit from family, which in God’s truth I am!
I have told my family about you and your ministry and we all prayed for you when you had your recent accident. Of course we were praying for you before too! I would like very much for them to know you too. Would you please send them one of your DVD testimonials for me? I love them that much! I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you, Tony, for allowing Jesus to lead you! You truly do touch people’s lives. May the Lord forever and ever be with your spirit. Grace be with you my brother.
Hey, I really want to thank you, Tony, for your dedication to the radio show. I think you know how much several of us look forward to hearing our Tony Mac. Those are not just words to make you feel good. It’s the truth in every way. I am still encouraged by every word you say and I hang on to every word as well, just to live by.
About a month ago the program really grabbed me by the ear. I had just started up a store just to be able to eat half way decent. With just 20 dollars allowed every 2 weeks, it doesn’t last! Anyway that very week God had put it on your heart to talk to us about hustling in prison to make ends meet and how running a store only sets us up for trouble dealing with the stories, the dead beats, and games people try to play. Your message was to not set ourselves up for disaster, to stay focused on God and learn to stay humble and content with the 20 dollars that’s allowed and have faith that God will fill all our needs. He doesn’t want us to break the rules because he doesn’t want us doing things that will affect our discharge date, or visits with our children/grandchildren. That being said, Tony, you did get my attention. It’s amazing how God will send a message to you in a way that he knows you will listen. I know a store is really nothing, but like you said, it could lead to a really big something.
Thank you for that. You are an angel from God, Tony.