Last Easter, Prison Fellowship Ministries® President and CEO, Jim Liske, visited the Central Florida Reception, a large prison camp with different wings for prisoners who need hospice care or are too young to be housed with the general population.
In the chapel, Jim preached about Timothy, who grew up without a father, and told the young men, “No one is disqualified from God’s grace.”
Jim spent some time with men in the prison’s infirmary, where seriously injured and terminally ill prisoners serve out their sentences. One prisoner named Michael wore a helmet to prevent further injury to his brain. Weighed down by unthinkable guilt, he was serving 40 years for a drunk driving accident that killed his best friend.
Michael broke down in tears at Jim’s message of grace. “I’m the one who should be dead,” he cried.
Jim explained that the Lord had a purpose for keeping him alive, and that through God’s sacrifice of His Son, Michael could have the life-changing gift of forgiveness.
What an amazing discovery: Michael heard the Gospel message and realized God still loved him despite his past!