Paper Banquet 2016

Not Junk Mail

Good things still come in the mail, and this year its a banquet (minus the food, Harbour Light Choir & Larry). The unanimous decision to put $15,000 back into the ministry instead of a “live-event” was unanimously accepted by our Board of Advisors earlier this year. When you see this in the mail, please don’t trash it. We need and appreciate your support for things like:
  • Operating Expenses
  • 1,500 Devotionals per Quarter
  • Worship Equipment
  • More Pastor’s Salaries to (weekly) Preach the Gospel in:
    • 5 State Prisons
    • 1 Federal Jail
    • 3 County Jails
    • 3 Missions
We also want to see you in person! Thanks to one of our friends in the ministry, we will be having quaint dinners throughout the year to speak with you in a more intimate setting of 25-30 people. Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page for more information, dates, and how to get involved.
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Coming Soon: 3rd Annual Banquet!

3rd Annual Banquet

3rd Annual Banquet

It’s just around the corner!

Eventbrite - Prison Ministry Celebration: In the Word Ministries 3rd Annual Banquet

The 3rd Annual Banquet is an exciting time to see our friends and meet new faces! The ITWM theme this year, “Transformation, from the darkness into the light” represents the focus of In the Word Ministries.

Our purpose is to share the one and only Light, Jesus Christ to those behind bars and to share hope with their loved ones. Join us this year as we re-cap the entire year in just a few hours, enjoy the Harbor Light Choir, Larry’s teaching, and some amazing video testimonials! This is something you do not want to miss!!!

We Love You & Jesus Loves You!! See you September 24, 2015!

Pastor Larry

2nd Annual ITWM Banquet

In The Word Ministries is excited to announce it’s 2nd Annual Banquet – “TRUTH”


Last year we had a great time as we celebrated HOPE FOR THE CAPTIVE. This year, we will declare God’s goodness as we celebrate his TRUTH and the freedom it brings!

When: September 25th, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Where: Northwest Forest Conference Center (Map)
12715 Telge Road, Cypress, TX 77429



#HOPEfortheCAPTIVE moments from last year

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Packed house with friends, supporters, and partners. IMG_3409







Harbor Light Choir | Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir Foyer

There is Hope for the Captive, Indeed

Father & Son UnitedHope for the Captive was not just an event name for In the Word Ministries first fundraising banquet on September 26, 2013. God showed up and showed off by uniting a father and son, who unknowingly were ministered to by Larry Cooke for decades.The Lord uses Facebook in mysterious ways, and we learn that it is all for His glory, and continue to be  amazed at His goodness.

Harbor Light Choir Foyer

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir rocked the house and the streets, singing praise songs that touched hearts and souls of over 125 people in attendance! As they sang in the foyer, it drew passers-by in to experience the Holy Spirits presence permeating the environment. The choir is comprised of ex-inmates freed by the power of Christ, now living for Jesus Christ and using their musical gifts for His glory. You can also request their talents!! Click on the link above and get in touch through their Facebook page.



Our guest speakers, Debi Tengler, Paul Herndon, Bob Simmons, and Dave Cook, members of the ITW Advisory Board complimented the program by adding their personal experiences with Larry Cooke, and how Jesus changed their lives through his obedience to preach the Gospel.

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Last, and certainly not least,  guests enjoyed a delicious meal, with friends, new and old. IMG_3409



Great Day Houston

Wow, God is so amazing! He provided an opportunity for us to be featured with the “Great Day Houston” show, hosted by Deborah Duncan!! ITW will film on Tuesday for a feature Wednesday and Thursday at 9AM on KHOU! You can watch it live on the web, your cable network, or even on your mobile app! Please spread the word!

Banquet Change of Venue!

Important Update!

The ITW Banquet on September 26 has been moved to The Bella Center, on 300 Milam Street! This is a blessing, and we can’t wait to see you there! New RSVP cards are in the mail. Please RSVP soon, as seats are filling up fast!


A Word of Encouragement on Labor Day

When Peter met Jesus in Luke 5, he was stuck in the rut of daily life. It was the same thing every day: go fishing, come home, go fishing, come home, go fishing, come home.

Then, one day, Jesus showed up on the scene and found Peter – broke, empty, tired, a sinner struggling to get by. Does any of this sound familiar? Jesus asked Peter if He could use his boat. All Peter had was his boat and he had no idea how it would help Jesus, but, he said YES to Jesus!

Jesus entered Peter’s boat and began to teach the people. When Peter obeyed the Word of God, things began to change. Everything he had worked for and dreamed of, Jesus made happen in a moment of time; fish began to fill the nets to overflowing, so many fish many fish that the boat was on the brink of sinking.

It was then that he realized what he had always wanted was not what he always needed.

He needed Jesus. He repented, left everything and followed Him.

adventure of discipleship, the_std_t_nvFrom this point on, Peter began to live an exciting, fulfilling life and it began when he simply decided to give Jesus what he had and obey Him. Peter’s life turned out to be beyond anything he could think, HOPE, or imagine.

God has not changed.

He still desires to enter your emptiness and give you His life. If your life is not what you thought it should be, if you lack peace and joy and everything seems to be a struggle, there is GOOD NEWS: Jesus can still use you and turn your mundane empty life into something fresh and free!

Your part is to say YES, obey His Word and follow Him. Peace and joy will invade your heart and your life will become new and exciting, in Him.


We received a letter the other day from a man who said he saw me at the Polinski Unit ministering recently. He said that I looked familiar to him, but it took him a little while to remember where he had met me before. He said that he recalled that I had ministered to him in the Harris County jail over 20 years ago when he was only 16 years old.

He said back then he was being tried as an adult and that I told him,

God is not through with you and He has a plan for you. Seek Him!

Set_the_Captives_Free_std_t He told me that God has used him to speak the Word of Truth to hang members for the last 20 years. This man wrote to thank me for sharing with him the Hope of Christ back then. He turned his life around and gets released next year. GOD IS SO GOOD!

Here’s another praise report that we can thank God for… but first answer this question.

Q. What does a man that has spent 15-45 years in prison look like?

Ex-Inmate Picture(Eastham)

A. Pretty Good!

All of these men are ex-inmates from the Eastham prison, living in the “free world”, doing well – a few are even pastors! We have had the privilege to minister at the Eastham prison for the past 28 years.

Interview series with ITWM: Part 1

Do you want to learn more about ITWM? Leading up to the #hopeforthecaptive event September 26, we’ll share a behind-the-scenes look into ideas and thoughts of ITWM leadership.

Do you have questions for Larry? Please send us your questions on Facebook! We’ll respond on our blog!

 Question #1: How does ITW impact change inside and outside prison walls?

Taking men and women who seem hopeless or feel their lives are basically over, to find out with Jesus there is Love and forgiveness.  They now know there is nothing impossible with God and and they fill hopeful again.

ITW displays compassion, Heb. 10:34, on those who are imprisoned, whether behind actual prison bars or figurative bars (bars of loneliness, distress, anxiety, abuse or others). Jesus came to set the captive free, give Hope, and ITWM does just that, inspires Hope. Many behind bars are hopeless from shame and guilt. They need discipleship, taught and loved on, Romans 15:13, to see the fullness of Jesus and ITWM does just that, helps the captive shed the chains of brokenness and despair to walk in the freedom Jesus has to offer and shed the chains that hold them back. This is evident in lives such as Keith (you’ll learn more about him at the Event).

It is stories like this that make a difference not only for one life but for Keith’s family both immediate and extended, for Keith’s co-workers and neighbors. Keith also now gives back…he is ministering with Larry for ITWM and shares what Jesus did for him. This is the great commandment, “go and make disciples.”

ITWM has compassion on those chained to shame, guilt, despair and offers Hope, The HOPE of Jesus Christ. This HOPE makes a difference to us all.


HOPE For The Captive

In The Word Ministries – Annual Event

Eventbrite - Hope for the Captive - Annual Banquet

Hope…. everyone needs it, not everyone has it…or Him.

Larry Cooke and In The Word Ministries deliver the message of hope to thousands of prisoners each week. How has your life been affected by someone behind bars? On September 26, 2013, learn how Christ sets captives free and changes lives of prisoners, through ITW Ministries. Save the Date!

NewITW_postcard_r3_Page_1When: 09/26/2013

Where: Column A Event Center (Downtown Houston)

Why: Share the Gospel and Its Impact Behind Bars

Address: 300 Milam, Houston, TX 77002 (Bella Center)