The world has watched events in Charleston, South Carolina, with awe—and for good reason. In the wake of yet another mass shooting, some of the victims’ loved ones have faced the shooter with forgiveness, prayer, and a heartfelt call to repentance. They have modeled the Gospel at the worst time in their lives.
The slain leaders of Emanuel AME Church must have been doing something very right before their lives were cut short. Long before disaster struck, they were laying the groundwork of a solid identity that hatred and violence would not be able to destroy. They were storing up tools in their community’s tool box, so they would be prepared to react in the face of the unthinkable.
From his reported statements, it seems that the shooter meant to sow division and discord. In Charleston, he failed; love is overcoming hatred. But elsewhere, the battle is raging. All over the country, prisons are empty of true community and full of division. Men and women behind bars are isolated, disconnected from their loved ones, and separated from God. They are in deep need of repentance, forgiveness, and redemption.
With your help, Prison Fellowship is working every day to bring the Gospel to prisoners and build up the community of Christians behind prison walls. Men and women who love Jesus are becoming powerful leaders for the Kingdom in their facilities, reducing violence and modeling His peace. To learn how, visit www.prisonfellowship.org.