Archive for the ‘Prisoner’ category

Used, Abused and Unloved By Those He Trusted

May 8, 2016

He’s now a grandfather, but his early days were horrendous. Abused physically and sexually by his father, he grew up confused, angry and feeling unloved.

No surprise therefore that he spent a total of 20 years in prison, five of them for armed robbery. He went down the drugs route, ending up on crack cocaine.  

man holding prison bars

man behind bars

Now he’s moved on and slowly getting a sense of perspective and that it wasn’t all his fault. Thankfully he treated his children and grandchildren in a more loving way.

I told him that I knew someone who loves him as he is, and has always loved him. I shared about God, Jesus, sin and repentance. He told me he recently went to church. I told him about the church I attended, and he said: “that’s near where I live”. He couldn’t come this week, but might be able to come next Sunday. He took away a gospel tract.

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Desperate Alcoholic Receives Prayer and Liver Pain Disappears Immediately

September 27, 2013

image of handgun  He told me he’d just served five and a half years in prison for carrying a gun in his car, taking it for a friend to use (keep in mind that this is England, UK). Back outside, he now was sliding down the slope of alcoholism, waking each morning with the shakes and needing to drink. He opened his rucksack and showed me the chemical rot gut he was drinking “that has never seen an apple in its life”. He also showed me the scars on both his wrists where he’d tried to do himself in.

I told him straight that only God could sort out his life. I then shared some of my testimony. I gave him a few gospel illustrations and then asked if he’d like me to pray for him. He said he would, so I called over a colleague and we both prayed that God would set him free and that God’s kingdom would be made known in his life. We didn’t pray for healing, nor did he say he had any pain. But as soon as we finished praying he told us straight away that the pain in his liver had  completely gone. I told him that was the reality of a loving God who cared for him. As he left, I advised him to read the gospel tract I gave him and to pray the prayer at the end, if he wanted a new life. On a practical level, I put him in touch with the Army welfare system, as he was an ex-soldier.

Ten minutes later we had a new guy and his partner in for food. The man had terminal cancer and was in constant pain. I shared that we’d just seen the alcoholic guy’s liver pain get taken away. The new guy said: “I don’t believe in God” I said: “that’s OK – we do!”  He then let us pray for him, which we did several times, on different parts of his body. He felt some reduction in pain, but not a huge amount. We asked his partner if she had any pains. She said she had some in her neck, which was probably stress. We offered prayer and she agreed, so we laid hands on her. She too felt an improvement. They then left with their food.

While we were laying hands on the woman I said to a third guy, newly arrived, “you’re next!” He laughed and said something I didn’t catch. We finally moved on to the third guy, who explained he was an atheist and believed in evolution and science. atheists handing out tracts door-to-door

We then had a long chat about these things while his food parcel was being prepared. We also talked about the conscience (con=with and science=knowledge) and how we have this inbuilt guidance system. I gave him my website card and offered to send him a link to a Ray Comfort video where Ray challenges US scientists on evolution. As he got up to leave, the client had a hard job getting on his feet. I asked what’s up and he said “it’s arthritis”. I said: “come back next week for a further chat and we’ll pray for you”.

Several Ex-Prisoners In Today

April 28, 2013

The first guy who came in for food had beeen released from prison the day before. He had been in for “TWOCing” (Taking WithOut Consent). He proudly told me the different cars he’d taken, amd had even used the owners keys to do it.   man breaking into car

The next one was a Romanian guy in his 20’s who spoke pretty good English.  The third was an Indian woman who seemed pretty well off her head, making crazy comments about herself and talking weirdly to anyone who would listen, about her faith (Hindu),  her father who bullied and verbally abused her, and all kinds of strange topics.  In one of her throwaway lines she said she’d been in prison, but didn’t say why. At one point she said “all gods are the same”, to which I replied “no, they’re not!”, but she was so much in full flow I don’t think she even heard my retort. She mentioned she was bipolar, so perhaps she was missing out on her meds. She also said she’d been drinking too. We couldn’t give her food without a voucher. She waited while her friend, who had seen the “Footprints” poem on our wall, wrote out a copy of it. We told her where to go to get a voucher, but she never came back.

Another woman client was quite chatty and we talked a bit about God and faith. As she left I gave her a copy of Norman Warren’s booklet “Journey Into Life”.

Four Ex-Prisoners Came In For Food Today

February 1, 2013

We had a succession of clients in for food today who’d all just been released from prison in the past few days. Problem is, they come out having been given around £50 and have to get on with it. One guy was clearly “out of it” on drink, as he took a while to make it through the door!  One young guy, who was no more than 23, said he’s just done his SIXTH prison sentence.  man holding prison bars

One of the ex-cons was a woman, who I recognised as being in before. She recognised me too. She has a drink problem and inevitably ends up fighting and getting arrested. When she’s sober, she’s a lovely girl, like today.  She plans to move to an area outside town, to get away from “the wrong people”. I told her about a church plant in the district she’s going to, and said how friendly they were. She took the phone number, so I hope she goes along. She doesn’t have any church background whatever, so I hope she goes!

An older woman came in with one of her children. She was a single mum, with five kids altogether. Her partner of 16 years had been shown the door after getting another woman pregnant. The client said this was the last straw, as he’d had 12 affairs with other women in their 16 years together.

Bare Knuckle Boxer and Football Hooligan

January 25, 2012

The guy came in for food and was very chatty. He was angry with the DSS because they kept losing his forms from the prison. He came across as a “very angry man” and I found him a bit intimidating

Over time he gave me his background. His mother was a Goth and deemed an unfit mother, so Dad took custody of him. At age 14 he was taken to his first football match. Dad was a football hooligan and taught him “the trade”. By 19 he had been stabbed twice  and ended up in prison. Dad blamed him, so he wanted nothing further to do with Dad, and hasn’t seen him since. He graduated to bare-knuckle fighting at 1.00am in a cattle market lit by car headlamps illuminating the circle, and made lots of money. His only brother was caught up in the London terrorist bombings and was blown to bits on the tube, so he had a supreme hatred of Asians he told me.  bare knuckle fighter

I hope he read the Christian newspaper we gave him in his food bag, since he needs a real father in his life!

Ex-Prisoner Talks About Grandad and Church

February 27, 2011

An ex-prisoner came in on Friday for some food. In the course of conversation, he told me his Granddad used to go to church. He loved his Grandad. It was after Granddad died, he told me, he went off the rails, mixed with the wrong crowd and ended up on drugs, and subsequently, prison.

When I told him we had a church next door, he asked if he could come along one evening. Since the Alpha course is well advanced, we suggested the next Sunday morning service. He agreed that would come along, so hope he turned up, as it’s not my home church! in prison

Ex-Prisoner Receives John’s Gospel

November 27, 2010

A guy who came for food today had just done 2 years in Dartmoor prison and came out 3 weeks ago. During the conversation he said he had been visited by a Jehovah’s Witness while inside, although he hadn’t become a JW himself.

Although he had a Bible, I asked if he would like a John’s Gospel, as it was small and easy to carry around. He said yes he would, so I gave him one I got from Bridge Builders.