Man Down! Lock Down!

There were eight incarcerated minors attending my Bible study, when the nurse arrived to distribute medication. Two of my guys excused themselves to take pills and quickly returned.

Big Brian was seated next to me. Ten minutes after taking his pills he said, “Something’s wrong—I’m gonna be sick.”

I said, “Maybe you should go to your room.” I watched as he slowly walked 20 feet to his door and then collapsed on the floor!

I ran to him. He was unconscious, but breathing. While checking his pulse, the loud speaker began blaring “Man Down! Lock Down!”

I looked up to see all the minors in the day room, including those in my Bible study, face down on the floor, with their hands clasped behind their backs. The day room suddenly filled with deputies running in to assist from other units, expecting a fight or riot.

Brian began to regain consciousness but felt nauseated. I stepped aside as the nurse had returned to assist. The deputies returned to their posts.

I was impressed with the discipline of those teenagers. Nobody said, “Face to the floor!”  The minors knew what to do, aware of the consequences of not obeying rules.

I later learned the dosage of Brian’s anxiety medication had been increased that evening. It was apparently too strong.

It is not unusual for teens incarcerated for the first time to be frightened and homesick. Some have never before been away from home.  Brian was one of the big, strong guys who quietly wept in his room at night, unable to sleep. Medication was then prescribed.

Often when I get one of these first-timers, they feel they’ve messed up their lives. Even though they may be unchurched, they recognize the hope that is in Christ. That was Big Brian: He recognized early on, his need for God’s forgiveness and grace, and gave his life to Jesus.

It was a delight for me to observe Brian’s dramatic change.  It was just a short time before his anxieties disappeared and he no longer required medication. He became an excellent student of the Bible and a model prisoner.

  • The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba Father.”    Romans 8:15


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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 Man Down! Lock Down!

  1. Fred says:

    Very cool story with another glimpse of prison life.

  2. Florence says:

    I pray that Brian will continue to lean on the Lord and through prayer and Bible study his faith will grow. It is wonderful to see how, through God’s forgiveness and grace, he is so much better both physically and mentally. Wonderful work! May God’s blessing continue to be with you and with your students.

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