Incarcerated Teen Surrenders to Jesus

The following is a story from my time as a Bible study facilitator for our county juvenile facility:

An incarcerated teen was eager to surrender his life to Jesus.  Once he did, he began to change. He shared that he felt “peace” and just a good feeling about his future. I noticed he quickly cleaned up his language and began sharing his new faith with the other guys.  A few months later he was released.

Now, a year later, he again shows up in my Bible study!  I was disappointed. I told him I never expected to see him return. He explained that he was only back for a short time because of a minor infraction that occurred during his incarceration a year ago.

Then with a strong voice, he shared with the boys in the group, how God had changed him. He said, “You all should receive Jesus!  He is real and He has changed my life! After I was released I never went back to drugs, never went back to METH.  I’ve been going to Bible study and to church. I have new friends who also love God and I’m doing really good in school.  God has changed me so much!”

His story gave such hope to the other minors, that at the end of our time,  ALL of them wanted Jesus too!  What a night!

I later told him that perhaps he was called back so he could share his story.  He agreed.

Then he said, “By the way, I had my first birthday last month—I became one-year-old as a Christian.” He had remembered the date when we had prayed together that Jesus would come into his life.

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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 Teen Surrenders to Jesus

  1. An amazing story indeed! What a great reminder that God’s plans are way beyond our understanding and how even though we may encounter unexpected detours in life, He can use them as pathways to accomplish his will. Keep shining for Jesus!

  2. Liana says:

    What a beautiful way to remember birthdays … as a new creation. Another wonderfully encouraging and inspiring story Kathleen. Thank you so much for all of the amazing from darkness to light stories that you share. God is no respecter of persons and it is not His will that any should perish. Where there is breath there is hope.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Thank you! I agree. Where there is breath, there is hope.

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