Everyone likes a good story. Especially ones with a good ending.
Each month Christian Science Chaplains around the state write stories about their ministry work with inmates in prisons, jails and youth facilities. The stories they submit tell of inmate’s lives. Their sorrows, regrets and triumphs. They also tell of their constant battles to spiritually reform their lives—and in some cases even their willingness to risk death by severing connections with former gang members.
No one who hasn’t spent time in a prison or jail can know the mental anguish and physical challenges of incarceration. Prisons can be dark, lonely places. Yet our chaplains volunteer their time to bring the light and joy of the transforming Christ behind their walls.
Of course not all the stories I receive have happy endings or outcomes. But most do. And it is a privilege to share with you these stories of victories won.
And while we don’t mention names or facility locations in order to maintain confidentiality, we hope you can picture the immense joy and peace that comes from the interactions between these dedicated volunteer chaplains and the men, women and youth they serve. We hope these stories touch your heart.If you’d like to post comments just scroll to the bottom of this column.
Thanks for reading,
David Fowler, Editor
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