'Prison has put a lot of pressure on me mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.'
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.
“Hey babe! We’re releasing an inmate,” the prison warden spoke into his phone. “He’s coming to our town. No, he’s not safe at all … [We don’t let him] out for programs. He’s too dangerous, he might assault somebody. Anyway, he’s paroling to our city.
Only days before the scheduled evangelistic event, a correctional officer on the yard scheduled for the event had one request for Dave Dove, Prison Fellowship Area Director in California, “Can we please not do this event?”
According to Dove, this maximum security prison in California has one of the most active gang cultures of any prison in the state.
For the last 14 years, there have been no yard events at Salinas Valley State Prison in California. Previous activities at the facility had resulted in violent acts, including a stabbing near the performance stage, and convinced prison officials to forgo any such programming for the safety of both performers and prisoners.
Never underestimate what He can do with humble hearts totally surrendered to His plans and purposes for the world.