"He grabbed my hand and said, 'I'm going to leave for a long time and you have to take care of your mom and your sister.'"
Jerrel Martin and a group of prisoners meet regularly for worship, teaching, discipleship, and prayer behind bars. It's church. Prison church. And it's clear that God is here.
Even in prison, leadership matters. That's why Willow Creek Church's Global Leadership Summit telecasts to prisons around the country.
For the past two summers, Ben Wade has worked as a counselor at Frontier Camp, a Christian camp in Grapeland, Texas. Most of the time, being a camp counselor is pretty straightforward. But the week that the Angel Tree® kids arrive is different.
Writer Zoe Erler reflects on the miracle of Easter: how her questions are answered in the scars of Jesus Christ and in the faith of incarcerated Christians.
Art Hallett was the only one in his teenage group of friends who was never arrested. He credits it to his mother wisely pushing him to enlist in the Air Force at age 17. But his freedom doesn't mean he has never been to prison.
The weather threatened to cancel the party. Temperatures hovered below freezing, the roads a mess the evening before. At 7 in the morning, we weren't even sure church would proceed as normal. But we moved forward with our plans, hoping to welcome more than 30 Angel Tree kids and their families that afternoon.