I’m Going to Prison
I will soon be leaving to go to a prison to minister to the women there. I’m not special, just average like just about anyone else. That’s why I need your help. I would love to have you pray for me, the other women going as well as those who we speak to.
I’ve been to a lot of prisons and jails throughout my life. Mostly to visit family, a couple of times because I forgot to pay fines, those trips were short lived but sucked butt. Thanks be to God we had help to take care of those quickly! Though at the time it didn’t feel like quick enough.
Going to speak to women who are in the process of spending a long period of time to pay for their mistakes has put a lot of thought in me. We all pay for our mistakes one way or another, whether it is one that lands us in jail, one we managed to ‘get away with,’ or one that wasn’t serious enough for the justice system. I am praying that God speaks through me, to help those women heal.
Having been through a lot and having studied a good bit of psychology and criminals, I have learned that there is always some reason that people turn out to do what they do, in my experience it stems from pain. I know drug addicts and alcoholics who are haunted by things so deeply that it’s their excuse to escape.
I’ve read about violent criminals who grew up desperate for love. All they ever wanted was for someone to love them, only they didn’t realize that was the source of their anger or the cause of the problem until it was ‘too late’. I’m super thankful that I didn’t end up in those situations. I believe the quote is ‘but for the grace of God go I’, and that seems to be the one that fits.
To sum it up, the ladies and I (50 altogether) could use your prayers as we go to minister the women there. I know that odds are I will get some sort of blessing, probably more than the blessing I’m trying to give those women.
I am thankful that God has put me in a place where I can at least try to help. The Bible says God doesn’t necessarily call the equipped, but rather he equips those He calls (Hebrews 13:21) so I have faith that it will all work out. 😀 Thank you for your prayers, love and support.
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Originally posted 2013-10-11 06:00:30.