Inmate – Look of Fresh Innocence

There was a precious 22-year-old in my Bible study at the county jail. Kimberly was unusually attractive, with the look of fresh innocence. She rarely smiled, but I was drawn to her sweet spirit.

She came faithfully every week for five weeks.  Her serious eyes would listen and she’d ask deep questions, but she was fearful of giving her life to Jesus.

One evening I had an opportunity to speak with her privately. “I believe someday you will decide you are ready. When that happens, you won’t need me. Talk to God in your own words, even from your bunk. Tell God you want His forgiveness.  Let him know you realize you cannot live the Christian life on your own power. You need the Holy Spirit to come in and change you. Pour out your heart to Him.  He loves you.”

The next week Kimberly came to class smiling and bubbling with joy.  I knew immediately she was different.  “What happened to you?”

“I did it!  Last Friday night on my bunk I cried out to God and asked for forgiveness.  I have been so happy ever since—and I have peace! I don’t know why I waited so long!”

Kimberly continued to come weekly until her release a few months later. She grew in her walk with God and the transformation was genuine.

A few months later I received a phone call from a friend. She said that her niece, Kimberly, had spent several months in jail. “Ever since her release her parents have been astounded at her change.  She’s happy.  She’s working.  She’s even going to church!  Kimberly gives all the credit to Jesus Christ, who came into her life while she was in jail.  She told her mom she had attended Kathleen’s Bible Study while in jail.   I wonder…are you that Kathleen?”

I could hardly speak as I listened to her message.  I loved that girl and I praise God that she is continuing to walk with Him.

  • This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.   1 Timothy 2:3-4
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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

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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10 Responses to Inmate – Look of Fresh Innocence

  1. Linda S says:

    WOW! What a great way to share Christ. I’m going to remember this!

    • Kathleen says:

      Great! Truly it’s important that seekers know that they can surrender their lives to Jesus Christ without someone leading them in prayer, etc. As long as it’s from the heart and they recognize they need to turn FROM their sin and turn TO Jesus.

  2. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, I love the way God uses you in those settings. She took you literally that God can save her in jail on her bunk! God is so ready to use the simple seeds we plant in the lives of others.

  3. Liana says:

    What a beautiful connection with this young lady, and what a precious Gift you led her to.

  4. Mel Thompson says:

    As Christians, we so often struggle with witnessing for God to others, instead of witnessing as we go. It’s simply relating our Joy in Christ Jesus to those around us.
    You are a neat example with Jesus on your lips as we who see your testimony can boast. Thank you, Kathleen.

  5. Khabele says:

    This is just so amazing. I’m in awe. I mean, Kimberly was afraid to live a Christian life on her own, and her just having heard that the Holy Spirit will help her, she believed it and it worked out just perfectly. Just so amazing.. Thank you so much for this beautiful post. It’s so heart warming as well..
    I am really happy that Kimberly is now lively, not only is she free from the a real physical jail but free from that bondage, the spiritual bondage. Living a life of liberty. Beautiful indeed. I’m really happy for her❤❤❤

  6. Kathleen! How amazing that you received confirmation of making a difference in a young woman’s life because of your love and obedience for Christ! Even more amazing? One more life which will now live eternally in Heaven! Thank you for being a part of bringing us a new sister in Christ whom we will all meet one day. May God bless Kimberly, and may she reach others for Jesus! ✝️

  7. MEL THOMPSON says:

    Over the years I have often wondered about the lives of those I lead to Christ. Questions like, Have they been encouraged in their faith by believers–discipled? Do they read in their bibles? Do they have children and are raising them in the faith? As you pointed out, how glorious it is to know that my leading was turned over to the Holy Spirit to guide them in life and He reminds me of them at times. I continually pray for their progress in spiritual maturity.

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