Being involved in ministry at our local jail and women’s prison brings with it some interesting stories. One of them recently took place in our local Blockbuster video store. Every now and then I’ll rent a movie on my day off. Today just so happened to be one of those days, but God had something extra special in store for me this time. As I browsed through the store in search of something that caught my eye I had an interesting encounter. A young man came up to me and asked “Are you involved in jail ministry?” I said, “Yes”, with what I’m sure was a very curious look on my face, and he said, “I was in jail about a year ago, and I was an atheist.” He proceeded to tell me that someone challenged him to pray and ask God to show him if he was real or not, he said, “I told the guy, sarcastically, okay.”
When he prayed he asked God to show him something and he opened a Bible. It opened at Acts chapter 2. He said “I didn’t feel anything or see anything but that same day you and Bro. Larry (my pastor) came to the jail. He said, “When Bro. Larry preached he preached from Acts 2, and I got saved that night.” As if this isn’t amazing enough he went on to tell me he has been clean and sober since then and has been attending church. The last thing he said to me was “I just wanted you to know what you’re doing at the jail isn’t in vain.” I hit him on the shoulder and said, “Thank you so much for telling me this, I’m so glad I came in here today!” We parted ways, and it wasn’t until he had driven away that I realized I didn’t even ask him his name.
God said, “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)