Thank You

 

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who prayed for the group of people who went to the jail to minister to some of the inmates yesterday.

It was honestly nothing short of amazing.

Scratch that – our God is nothing short of amazing.

Some of these women were so tough when they walked in – their faces, their body language – everything screamed, “Don’t mess with me”.

And yet, as we sang some familiar hymns, I saw some toes start tapping and some quiet tears fall down their precious faces.

Yes, they are in there because of their own poor choices and past mistakes. Each woman committed a crime and was convicted of it otherwise she wouldn’t have been there.

But our God is bigger than their past, bigger than anything they’ve done or even could do.

Three women from our church shared their verbal testimonies of what they’ve been forgiven from with the inmates.

We’re talking some deep and intense pain.

Strongholds like a two-decade addiction to drugs. The hurt and shame that comes from abortion and sexual abuse. Or that raw emptiness deep within that comes from being rejected over and over again by your own parents. 

More than 10 other women from our church gave their cardboard testimonies.

More tears, more vulnerability, more softening from those who are held in a prison of their own making.

Yet, through Christ, there is hope.

He freely offers forgiveness, redemption and restoration. He inclines his ear to the weak, the hurting and the broken. Those who are beaten down by the circumstances of this life.

He offers peace, security and unconditional love. Love that is pure and seeks nothing in return.

The Lord was definitely glorified through the music and the testimonies.

At the end, one inmate remarked with tears in her eyes, “That was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

And I believe her.

Not because she saw us. But because she saw Jesus that day.

Please continue praying for these nameless women with very real faces and hearts that are hurting and searching. Pray that they would cry out to Jesus, the only One who can offer them hope and healing and eternal life.

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