We Went to Prison!

Hey-oh! 14:22 checking in. Wednesday and Thursday we performed at the Church of the Damascus Road, which has two locations. The Church of the Damascus Road is not like most churches. Services are held inside of prisons and are run by the prisoners. They have a pastor that comes in from the outside, but the board consists purely of prisoners. Pastor Paul Stone is the pastor, and he is passionate in his ministry.

The prisoners were a very enthusiastic crowd, and were very appreciative of what we brought when we finished. Not only were we an encouragement to them, but they were an encouragement to us. I met one prisoner named Jacob who shared a little bit of his story with me. We prayed for each other, and it really challenged me to take my faith seriously. We also saw a band composed of prisoners called GUMBO (God’s Universal Music By Others). They were an incredible band, and was as much an enjoyment to us as we were to them.

Through it all, I was reminded of the passage Romans 8:38-39.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Even though these men were in prison and in theory as far away from God as you could run, They still found and shared God’s love. May we all remember that as we continue through our lives.
North Central Correctional Facility