Tag Archives: incarcerated

Why Did You Come Tonight?

I had a responsive group of minors in my Bible study at the juvenile hall.  I asked them why they had come.  Their answers were typical: “I need to find God” or “I’ve messed up and I need to turn my … Continue reading

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Incarcerated 14-year-old & God

I met Marten at the juvenile facility. He’s 14 and incarcerated for the first time. He came to Bible study because he said he’d “met God” a few days ago and wanted to officially surrender his life to Christ. Said … Continue reading

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Teen Floats Between Group Homes

Robert is 17 and has lived in group homes since he was 11.  His mother loves him, but is unstable. His older brother committed suicide a few months ago.  He said he’d like to go home. Tears filled his eyes … Continue reading

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First Time In Jail

I still remember my first time inside the jail. We were not permitted to bring a handbag, car keys or mobile phone. We were wanded and then led behind the locked steel doors—then more locked steel doors, and more locked … Continue reading

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You Came to Me in Jail

One day while shopping in a popular chain store I noticed a sales clerk looking at me and smiling.  Later, I moved a few aisles over and there she was again—looking my way and smiling. Finally she came up and … Continue reading

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No Touch Policy

I’ve discovered that different jails have different rules for Bible study facilitators. Our jail has a “no touch” policy. That means absolutely no hugs or handshakes. One day while clothes shopping I saw a former inmate who had been in … Continue reading

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