John and I recently had the opportunity to be a part of the GPS (God's People Serving) mission team that went into one of our state's prisons for men. A contemporary Christian music group (Building 429), fellowship and food (in the form of a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, cookie and coke) were all part of our efforts to reach out in Christ's love to the incarcerated men.
We were very touched by" T" the young man who went forward at the end of the first session in response to the salvation invitation. When I asked about his family, tears rolled out of his eyes and his story rolled out too. He graduated from high school as a star wrestler and got a scholarship to Kansas State where he became an All-American. Neither John or I understood the details of what caused him to be imprisoned but we know he was shot in the elbow and made some bad decisions. He was sentenced to 30 months and he'd only been in prison for 2 days! He said he was the first in his family to go to college and the first to go to prison. We were able to pray with him, give him a bible and take him to meet the band as well as a group of Christian inmates that were very supportive/encouraging. We need to pray that the seed planted will grow deep into God's love!
God was clearly at work in such a personal way....in our lives and the lives of the band, staff and inmates. It was such an honor to join Him in His work in this prison. When so many of the inmates said to me: "thanks for coming, it means a lot", I couldn't help but think: "Who am I that I GET to do this?" What a privilege!