A remarkable story from my years doing jail ministry:
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: “Kimberly, I believe someday you will decide you are ready. When that happens, you won’t need me. Just 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 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 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
- SONG: I KNOW HIM 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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