Incarcerated Again?

Another precious memory:

The boys at the juvenile hall were painting decorations for an art competition. I was disappointed to see  Juan back again.  When he saw me he said he couldn’t stop painting or he’d fall behind.  A few seconds later he was seated in my class saying, “Bible study is more important!”

I know Juan. He’s been incarcerated over a dozen times. It won’t be long before he turns 18. I said, “Next time you probably won’t be coming here. Once you turn 18 you’ll most likely be sent to county jail.”

He said, “There won’t be a next time! When I gave my life to Jesus six months ago, it was real.  I’m not the same person I was before!  My parents were happy to see the change in me–but I made one foolish mistake and now I’m back—but just for a short time.”

He told me he believes God wanted him here one last time for a reason.  “I want to learn how to share God’s love with others.  I’ve been reading the Bible and there is still much to learn.”

One guy in the group had doubts about God. It delighted me to watch Juan encourage him:  “Jesus is real!  He really does change lives!”

Precious Juan loves God and I believe God has big plans for him.

Oh! The guy with the doubts? Not anymore! It was quite a night!

  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!    2 Corinthians 5:17  
  • SONG: GOD IS READY – by Kathleen 

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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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4 Responses to Incarcerated Again?

  1. Liana says:

    Beautiful Kathleen. For a new Christian he seems very alive to the Holy Spirit and His leading. Praise God.

  2. Amanda says:

    I will pray the best for Juan! What a wonderful story about him sharing his faith with someone else! Good story Kathleen!
    Amanda

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