The neglect Booker received from his mother caused him to look elsewhere for community and family. What he found instead were crime and drugs.
"With time God gives these prisoners back what maybe they abandoned or was taken from them. Lives are being changed."
"Do you mean Jesus still loves me, despite all that I did in my past?" the prisoner standing next to me asked.
As Christmas approached this year, the Welsh family began praying for a way to better serve others in their community. It will be the first Christmas without their patriarch, Ed Welsh, who passed away last February. Knowing the holidays would be difficult without Ed, the family decided that helping others might make the grief-filled time easier.
"Amy Wall was a young lady that I killed in 1992 while driving drunk on the freeway."
On July 7, a young African-American man gunned down five police officers, and injured 11 others, including two civilians, at the conclusion of what had been a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. The incident followed a series of police shootings of African-American men earlier in the year.
Living life as a Christian in prison can be challenging. Many of these men and women find themselves isolated, in the midst of a culture that doesn’t share or reflect their values, struggling to hold onto beliefs that are constantly being challenged and ridiculed.
Often in life, God redirects our paths using unexpected means. Robyn, a woman serving a prison sentence in California, knows this truth firsthand. God has used her prison time to build her faith more than she thought possible.
Robyn is a student in an intensive Christian leadership training program offered by Prison Fellowship at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.