Category Archives: JAIL & COUNTY JUVENILE FACILITY

Bible study with inmates

Teen Wants to Become a Father

A special memory from my years doing jail ministry: I was having Bible study with a group of incarcerated teens when one 16-year-old asked if he could speak with me privately after we finished. Later he told me he is … Continue reading

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Prisoners in Lockdown

A story from my years doing jail ministry: One evening at the jail I discovered the prisoners in the women’s unit were in lockdown because of disorderly conduct.  Those wanting a Bible study would not be permitted out of their … Continue reading

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Praising God is a Sacrifice?

An important lesson from my days doing jail ministry: We had just finished singing about bringing the “sacrifice of praise to the Lord,” when a 16-year-old incarcerated youth asked a question. “I don’t get it.  Why would singing praises to … Continue reading

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Praying Together, Staying Together

Can praying together hold a marriage together? Perhaps. It seem that most incarcerated teens are from single-parent homes—but not all. One night at the juvenile facility, a 17-year-old was grieving over disappointing his parents by getting into trouble. “They are … Continue reading

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Enemies in County Jail

Here’s a precious memory from my years doing jail ministry: One night I was doing a Bible study with two men in county jail who were enemies.They were in the medical unit,  as one had a broken leg and the … Continue reading

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How Do You Know the Bible’s True?

A special memory from my years doing jail ministry: I was leading a Bible study with incarcerated teens. There was a new kid in my group—he’d just turned 14.  The others were 17.  Three years is a big difference with … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe in Hell OR Satan

A memory from my years ministering to teenagers: Jake was a 16-year-old in my Bible study at the juvenile hall. He said for weeks that he didn’t believe in hell or Satan, but he was with us on everything else. … Continue reading

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I Was So Worried

A precious memory from my years doing ministry with teens: I was leading a Bible study in Oakwood 4 – a wing at the juvenile hall. There I met 17-year-old Mario who wanted to turn his life around and follow … Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse

A special memory from my days doing jail ministry: One evening after Bible study at the jail, an inmate asked if she could talk with me privately. Judy told me her 15-year-old son had experienced repeated sexual abuse by the … Continue reading

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Sleep Paralysis

I was doing Bible study with a prisoner who told me she often has sleep paralysis. When this occurs she feels she’s awake.  Her hearing is keen,  yet she cannot move any part of her body. She cannot even open … Continue reading

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