First Time In Jail

I still remember my first time inside the jail. We were not permitted to bring a handbag, car keys or mobile phone. We were wanded and then led behind the locked steel doors—then more locked steel doors, and more locked doors.

The chaplain assigned me to a more experienced volunteer and sent us to the medical unit, where inmates with medical/psychiatric problems are housed. We pulled two chairs up to the door of the cell and could speak to the inmate through the small pass-through opening through which the prisoner received his meals or medication.

The first cell was where we met 40-year-old Rosemary whose mental condition was questionable.  She was prostrating herself on the floor wringing her hands and weeping. She wanted to know if God could ever forgive her for what she’d done. We had no idea what she’d done,  that’s not for us to know.

I told her what the Bible promises: “There is nothing you have ever done that Jesus does not want to forgive. He loves you. That’s why He came to earth—just so He could die on the cross for your sins and mine. He paid the price for our sins so we can someday freely enter heaven.” We then read some Scripture to her and showed her the plan of salvation.

The more Scripture she heard, the more clear-headed she became. She wanted to pray and receive Christ and His forgiveness. When we left she was smiling and calm. Her peace was real.

We visited two more inmates. Both were weeping and anxious when we arrived, yet the peace came. There were smiles and grateful hearts when we left.

What power is this that can change people so quickly?
We did not sugarcoat anything—but simply gave them the Word of God.

  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!       2 Corinthians 5:17
  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.     1 John 1:9


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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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10 Responses to First Time In Jail

  1. Mel says:

    John 21:25: “And there are also many other things which JESUS did…” I love John’s last note in his gospel. It lets us know as disciples of Christ, we are but “simple” messengers of what JESUS has done, is doing, and will do in our lives and the lives of others.

  2. Matthew says:

    Very simple, yet powerful post. Just as the Gospel is simple, yet powerful.

    • Kathleen says:

      You are certainly right about that, Matthew! The Gospel is simple so that we who are simple will understand. It’s also more powerful than we can comprehend.

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