Highs and Lows
But God recognised them.
While these two slipped under the radar, God had been quietly working in their own journeys. The chaplain has now been able to spend some time meeting with these men and hopefully all three baptisms will go ahead in the near future.
“With God, disappointment can turn out to be good, because Stephen wasn’t able to be baptised yet, but now these two can also be baptised!” says Victor.
Victor has been encouraged to see other inmates continue their journey of faith. “We never know when they are released, but it is so nice when they recognise me at the local market!
“Peter* had such an infectious big smile. He had always attended all the workshops we ran. When we first met him, he was someone who wanted to make a change. He had a Christian background, went to church as a child, and went to a Christian school.”
Peter made choices that landed him in jail. But that wasn’t the end of his story.
“When we met him, he said, ‘No more. No more coming back here.’ He made sure he was at every session of The Prisoner’s Journey and has now been released. When I saw him at the market, he jumped for joy!! He bowled over to me and said, ‘I’m going home! I want you to come preach there!’”
Victor assured Peter that he would love to visit him, but the baton has now been passed on.
“You are the preacher now,” Victor told him.
– Joanna Mann, Staff Writer
*Names have been changed