Life: It's All Around Us

Life: It's All Around Us

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our friend is WRONGFULLY imprisoned

Please READ this story and allow your heart to be moved & compelled to ACTION ...

(this is the back story from my friend Holly's FB page)

"On Feb 17, a dear friend,  George Aguilar  has been sent to prison. He has been an incredible light for Christ in sharing the gospel with everyone he comes in contact with - and especially with our international friends. As a result, we believe that his imprisonment is a result of spiritual warfare as Satan seeks to silence a powerful witness for Christ. So, I am writing to plead that you pray earnestly on his behalf. He gave me permission to share his story.

Jorge's amazing STORY ... 

Jorge Aguilar ("George" as many know him) moved to America from El Salvador when he was ten years old to live with his father. Life was not easy, however, and he suffered much as a teenager with few, if any, positive influences on his life. As a young adult, he  - along with some friends - began to rob churches, taking computers, projectors, and any other equipment that they could. Finally, he and the others were caught and arrested for their crimes.

As a young man facing a trial and prison, George was frightened and searched for something that he could do to try to help his situation. A friend suggested that he write an apology letter to the churches he had stolen from. So, he penned a letter and the detective who had arrested him accompanied George to help him personally deliver the letters to the churches. Unfortunately, most of the churches did not reach out to George, even after receiving his letter. But one church did.

Pastor Nick Garland from First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow was not there the day George brought his letter to the church. But God used George's letter to move in Pastor Garland's heart, and so he called the detective and asked George to be brought back to the church. That day, both Pastor Garland and George sat weeping in the pastor's office as he led George to faith in Jesus.

Very shortly thereafter, George was sent to prison and then boot camp for his crimes. But Pastor Garland and First Baptist Church of BA continued to pour into George's life. After he had served his sentence and was finally released, the pastor continued to mentor George. And George began to grow in his faith by leaps and bounds.

Now, a number of years later, George's faith in Jesus is amazing. He is so saturated by the Word of God that it flows from him in every conversation. He passionately loves his Savior, and over the past few years has actively shared Christ with all who are around him. With drunkards while they vomit on the floor. With strangers that he meets on the side of the road. With Mormons. With Muslims. With Jews and Hindus. Recently, he has joined Tim and Jenny Farrell and myself as a vital teammember in leading an international Bible study group that is reaching Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. He is a blessing and the fragrance of Christ to all who know him.

On Feb 17, however, he had to go to court to resolve some final immigration issues resulting from his crimes from a number of years ago. He and everyone else (including his attorney) were expecting for the issues to be dropped and finished. However, because of some bad  decisions on part of the judge and other attorneys, the judge instead ordered George be deported and immediately took him into custody to send him to prison ... and he has been there ever since."  

We have said George has turned into a modern day Paul!  He is in prison but has been preaching and lifting up the name of Jesus to everyone he meets.  He has seen prisoners weeping over their own brokenness and has shared the gospel with many.  Although this is amazing, he IS being wrongfully detained and needs to be released!

Let's put feet to our faith!  Here's how you can be a part of George's FREEDOM:

1.) Pray.  

Pray that God will prepare Nuria Prendez's (Case Worker for immigration) heart, so that she will be willing to give the order to have George released.

Also, George has been sick this week with a high fever and cough.  He needs both physical and spiritual strength.

2.) Write.  

Even if you don't personally know him, if you are a believer, he is your brother.  He could sure use the encouragement & writing a letter is a great way to do that!  

Here's the best way:

Be sure to write his Spanish name "Jorge"  - not George - on the envelope):

Jorge Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez, #1133546, F-18 M-1
David L Moss Correctional Facility
300 N. Denver
Tulsa, OK 74103

Do not send anything in addition to your letter. No pictures, money, gifts, etc., are allowed.
Each letter will be opened and reviewed before being given to George. Therefore, each page of the letter/card must have Jorge's full name and ID number (1133546) printed at the top.
Internet printouts are usually rejected, so if you want to send him something from the internet, you will need to copy and paste it into a Word document and remove all references to email addresses and websites.
Handwritten notes are best.

3.) Give. 

Even if George is released from jail, we still must file an appeal to the decision to have him deported. We have 30 days to file the appeal; otherwise, George will be sent back to El Salvador permanently.

However, filing an appeal costs $4,000. Because George is currently imprisoned, he has no way of paying this amount. And even if he is released, this is a large amount to come up with in 30 days. Therefore, I am asking you to pray about and consider helping George cover his legal fees needed to appeal his deportation.

Contributions can be sent directly to his attorney's office. Attach a note with the check directing the funds be applied to Jorge Aguilar's account. Please make checks out to:

The Law Office of Campbell Cooke
Southern Woods Park III
4627 E. 91st Street
Tulsa, OK 74137
Phone: 918-960-3400

1.) Call.

 Luke 18:1-8 "And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Contact Senators Coburn and Inhofe to ask for help in obtaining George's release.

The call only takes about two minutes of your day.
US Senator James Inhofe – Immigration is Chris Stover at 405-608-4381
US Senator Tom Coburn – Immigration is Janice Hagen at 405-231-4941 ext 16


Thank you in advance for all you're going to do to get involved!  To God be all glory!

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