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 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.”

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[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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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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8 Responses to No Touch Policy

  1. Pauline says:

    Wonderful, encouraging real story, the kind that helps us all to remember to be more forward in our sharing of our faith in Christ Jesus. May Kathleen’s example help us all to walk closer to our Lord and Savior.

  2. Dixie says:

    Wonderful blog Kathleen!!! Brings back so many memories of my babies….I would never let anyone call them anything negative…one day my little boy was called slow poke by his dad…he said to him, “Dad, I am not a slow poke, I am a disciple, taught of the Lord, and great is my peace and undisturbed composure.” Love it!!!

  3. Florence says:

    What a touching and beautiful story. The Touch of the Master’s Hand is in all and needed by all. God Bless!

  4. Frank King says:

    Amen to how God is using you to touch lives for the Kingdom. We know He will reward us for our labor in heaven. But it’s great and encouraging to see some of the fruit of our labor in this life.

  5. Kristi Ann says:

    Amen-Amein Sweet Sister in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua Kathleen!! Everyone NEEDS Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua in their Lives!!

    “Happiness keeps You Sweet, Trials keep You Strong, Sorrows keep You Human, Failures keeps You Humble, Success keeps You Glowing, But Only GOD keeps You Going.”!! Amen-Amein Praise Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua Hallelujah!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💕💜 is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua, because HE LOVED 💜💕 EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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