Testimonies of Partners and Friends
ABOUT THE FOUNDER - RON BIGGERS
During my sophomore year in high school I was invited by some friends to attend a youth group at a local church. A new youth pastor had started his ministry near the same time that I joined that church.
I hadn’t been in church for some time, so this was a new experience. Max, the youth pastor, taught several Bible studies, and took us on trips to other local churches for training and sharing with other youth groups. The next year in high school Pastor Max led me to Christ and I was baptized. Shortly after that, in my senior year of high school, my gradual fall away from God started.
After high school I enrolled in the local university. I wasn’t a good student. I repeated several classes, some several times. I began some shameful activities that lasted for some time. I am not proud of that season in my life.
Several years later I was married, and God blessed me with a wonderful son. My son has grown into a better man than I will ever be, but the marriage ended.
Later I joined another church. This is where my son was baptized. He graduated from high school and then college with a degree in computer technology, after which he moved to find a good job.
Again I switched churches (I know what you are thinking, another church?). This where I got involved in several ministries, a few of which I led. Then I was sponsored to a men’s spiritual weekend retreat, “Walk to Emmaus”. One afternoon at that retreat I had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and found myself totally broken.
Weakened, crying, and sweating - for the first time in my life I was truly confessing my failures, my regrets, and my sins. I was in a need of forgiveness for my shameful past. I Needed new direction for what God wanted from me. I needed to know if God had a purpose for my life, and if He did, what it was. I cried out for His love and forgiveness… and I received that forgiveness. I felt as if that part of my past had passed away like it had never happened.
But now what? What about the rest of my life? I prayed Isaiah’s prayer, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8).
I came down from that mountain wondering what I had done in praying that prayer. What if God asked me to go somewhere awful; somewhere far away and dark? The “what if’s” ran through my mind, wanting an answer, fearful of the answer... would there be an answer?
An answer did come. A pastor asked me if I had ever considered prison ministry? I said not just “No”, but “H*** no”. That is literally what I said. Prison ministry was one of those places that was far away and dark. In his wisdom he told me that he understood. But, he still asked me if I would go with him to the jail and pray for a man who was going to be transferred to another institution. Reluctantly I agreed.
Inside a jail cell next to three inmates, God spoke to me. He clearly stated this is where He wanted me to serve him. Prison ministry was my purpose! That was on September 28, 2002. I have been going to visit men in jail every week ever since, for fifteen years now.
During my many jail visits I had occasion to talk to a large number of the wives, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, and children of the incarcerated. I listened to their stories and learned of their struggles. I saw the overwhelming heart ache that comes over their loved ones that were incarcerated. I knew they needed help that no one else was offering. Someone had to do something for the families of the incarcerated.
That lead me to form “MAIN THING FIRST MINISTRIES”.
Founder & CEO, Main Thing First Ministries