Why would a 40-something, single mom of two spend her days volunteering behind bars at a men’s prison?
'I fell in love with [volunteering] right away, because there were people in there who needed me. A chance to make a difference—that's what I've been praying for my whole life.'
It's tempting to close our eyes to the needs of those in our communities, but when we do, we miss out on the love God pours out on those who give.
Director of cultivation and engagement at Focus on the Family John McKeever shares what he has learned about God’s transforming power while volunteering with Prison Fellowship behind bars.
Pat knew God had called her to prison ministry, but the work was hard and long. And then God sent her Stan.
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.
She walked with a limp as she packed the car. She has walked with a limp for a long time and says she doesn't notice it much anymore. Although I did as she placed heavy boxes loaded with strawberries, cheese, and a graduation cake into her car.
A version of this post originally appeared on the West Belmont Place website, and is used here with permission.
Executive Chef Chris Ferrier of the West Belmont Place Event Center in Leesburg, Virginia, opened his kitchen to volunteers from Prison Fellowship for the baking of 50 dozen chocolate chip cookies.
I visit prisons frequently, and rarely do I feel uncomfortable. When the prison staff will permit it, I shake hands with and even embrace incarcerated men without fear. But one recent experience left me feeling shaken.
After a worship service in a prison auditorium, I was taken to F Block, a multi-tier roundhouse where the prison’s most violent and hardened residents are kept.