Victory For Troubled Youth
Missionaries to the Juvenile Delinquents of America
Ralph (R.E.) and Sandy Stokes

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First, we want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for putting us in this ministry. Iíll have to admit I resisted at first, but am so thankful he kept tugging at my heart, way back in 1998, until I surrendered. We have greatly loved the years he has given us. Thank you all for your support and prayers. Your support keeps us getting there, and your prayers keep opening the doors.

At the Pike County Jail in Troy, AL to which I go on Mondays at 2:00PM. There are several stories I could tell regarding the work there, but this one is close to my heart. A couple Mondays ago as I was going in, with my Bible and 3 or 4 Bibles for the men, a lady was coming out. We spoke, and she asked me if I was the chaplain. I said, no, just a preacher going to try to help the men. She told me her son was in there, and wanted to know if I would try to see him. She gave me his name. I asked her where she went to church, and she named a church of Christ. I knew then that she and the son were probably unsaved. But, she left before I could do anything except give her a gospel tract. When I got in, I found her son, and asked him if he was going to heaven when he died. He said he thought so. I asked him what was he basing his hope on, and he said, well, I was baptized. When he saw in Eph 2:1 that he was dead in trespasses and sins, he realized baptism could not help wake him up. I was able, by the grace of God, to lead him to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he was very thankful. But, thatís not all the story. As soon as we finished praying, the guards came, told him to get his stuff, he was being transferred to a prison. Ten minutes later, I would have missed him! Godís timing is perfect!

From the Pike County Jail, I go by Green Drive Baptist Church in Troy, to rest a while before I go to the Crenshaw County Jail in Luverne, AL. The folks at the church have given me a key so I can rest there a bit. Yes, the Lord opened the door to the Crenshaw County Jail since my last letter. We get to preach there at 6:00 on Mondays. That jail actually has a chapel, so the men come in to the service. So, far weíve had about 8 who have said theyíve gotten saved. Still a small group is coming to the service. Please pray that more of the men will come, specially, the lost.

On Tuesday nights we go to Mt. Meigs, a juvenile center in Montgomery, AL. We go in there at 7PM. The first Tuesday night of the month, I go knocking on doors with my church. Why? We are to preach Christ publickly, and house to house.

On Wednesday nights we go to the Dallas County Jail in Selma, AL. It also has a chapel, and we have seen many men profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour there. On Friday nights, we are back in Selma at the Dallas County Juvenile Center, and have many boys and girls get saved there.

On Sunday mornings we go to the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center in Montgomery. There are two groups of boys there that the staff do no let mingle. So we need two preachers at each service. Pray that the Lord will raise up workers for this ministry.

Thank you all for your support and prayers.

Ralph and Sandy Stokes

Support address: Victory for Troubled Youth, PO Box 1090, Millbrook, AL 36054

 Home church, Victory Baptist Church, Millbrook, AL 36054. Pastor: Joey Byrd

 Phone for us: Ralph: 704-798-9906. Sandy 205-217-2773 (please note that is a new number for her) Our church number it 334-285-5082

 VFTY Bible Fund $1698.53

 On a personal note: my wife is doing better. As most of you know she did have mononucleosis. She is still recovering from that, but we do thank you for your prayers. I need you to pray for me. Lately, when I preach, and then as I start to walk out, my left hip hurts so much, itís hard to walk. Went to my doctor, and after X-rays, he determined that my left hip is higher than my right. Am hoping a chiropractor can help, but would greatly appreciate your prayers.