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 my Bible study for six months. Our eyes met at the same time. She was so excited she screamed!
I put my arms out and said, “Now we can touch!” She ran into my arms and it was a precious embrace. She started telling me how her life has changed since her release—she was involved in a church and had a new job.
Then she loudly called to her mother who was on the other side of the store, “Mom! Come and meet Kathleen! She taught me the Bible when I was in JAIL!”
No shame—just tears of joy as she related the love she has for Jesus, and for the one who told her about Him.
Another time while at the beach, a former female inmate stopped at our Bible table. She and her husband were looking through our books. When she looked up our eyes met. We recognized each other at the same time. We hugged and she happily introduced me to her husband and children.
She was bubbling with joy as she shared that her husband had now come to Christ and they’d found a good church and were growing in their walk with God.
“Thank you Lord, for the privilege of seeing a little of your fruit. This is Your work. These are Your beloved children. Thank You for continuing to lead them in Your ways.”
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
- SONG: JOHN 3:16-18 – Arrangement & music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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