Wayne spent 12 years in prison, but if you ask him about it, he’ll say, “I’m the luckiest man in the world.”
You see, it was in prison that Wayne met Jesus. He was in prison when he turned his life—and the lives of his family—around.
“I remember the first year I signed my boys up for Angel Tree,” Wayne says. “When I called home that day—my eyes still tear up when I think about it—there was excitement in my wife’s voice.”
“Angel Tree brought Christmas back into my boys’ lives,” Wayne remembers.
As they told him how thrilled and thankful they were for the gifts that had been given in his name, he couldn’t help thinking, “There really is a God, and He does care.”
The walls that a life of crime and its consequences had built around Wayne’s heart were beginning to tumble down.
Hard Hearts Are Being Softened
So often, God uses Angel Tree Christmas for a child to soften the heart of a prisoner like Wayne. Some time later, when the Indiana prison where Wayne was incarcerated hosted a Prison Fellowship evangelism event, he jumped at the chance to attend.
Before long, Wayne had trusted Christ and was working hard to grow into the new man God wanted him to become.
Wayne was still serving time, but he was also learning to serve Jesus.
Sometimes he still weeps for the years that were lost, but he also rejoices at how good God has been to him. And because Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree was such a blessing to his family, he’s volunteering with Angel Tree now that he’s been released.
But Wayne also knows that prisons are dark and desperate places, and that too many prisoners are still desperate to hear a message of hope.
Thanks to our supporters, they will. Prison Fellowship evangelism events are now reaching prisoners in every state.
Each evangelism event includes dynamic worship, powerful testimonies of changed lives, and an unvarnished Gospel message. There’s a personal touch, too—before and after each event, volunteers make an effort to visit with every prisoner, in every cell.
Many trust Christ, and many more recommit their lives to Him. Hundreds, like Wayne, will never be the same again.
How You Can Pray
You can rejoice at all God is doing through Prison Fellowship to spread the Gospel to prisoners. But while our evangelism events now reach all 50 states, hundreds of correctional facilities across the country have yet to host an event. Please pray that God will continue to open doors so that we can reach every prisoner in America with the Gospel.