Happy to be in Prison!!!!by Alan Burnett on 11/05/14
While most people are wanting to avoid prison or get out of it, I have been trying for some time to get in. Well, last night was my first service at Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, AL. I am grateful for the Lords leading and am thankful to have the opportunity to share the Word of God with them.
As I got out of my car I could hear music and singing coming from the direction of the chapel. I looked at my watch and thought either I was late or someone else showed up instead. I found out from the corrections officer that they start 30 minutes earlier than when the ministers arrive. I was escorted to the chapel and there were about 60 or 70 men in there and worship was going full throttle. There were a lot of hands raised and shouts of joy every now and then. The man on the electric guitar definitely wasn't holding back. I laughed to myself at the thought that I had of bringing my acoustic guitar, which I have only been playing for a little over a month. That would have been embarrassing, to say the least. There was some talent in that place!
One of the men came back to where I was and asked when I wanted it handed over to me. We decided on one more song. It was a good time of worship. I would like to come for the whole thing next time. I started by giving some background of myself, but found out at the end I didn't give my name (which I promptly did then). I spoke about the passage where Jesus asked the disciples "Who do you say that I am?" I spoke about the importance of us "knowing" personally who Jesus is and then went into talking about the spirit of the anit-christ. There were very responsive and attentive.
One young man came forward to surrender his life to Jesus and I asked some of the men there to lead him to the Lord. Afterwards, I got to talk to several of the guys and shared with them my desire to eventually get into the dorms with them. I met two guys that I already knew. One was an inmate in the local jail when I first went in 8 months ago and the other has written to letters to me on recomendation of Pure Life Ministry out of Kentucky.
I spoke with another gentlemen that asked if I would be interested in leading a class some day on sexual addiction. I told him that if the door opens that I would, but just to pray for now.
Overall it was an awesome night. Like I tell my wife though: It doesn't get more exciting than the first night. We both were floating on a cloud the first night the each of us went into the local jail.
I am excited for this new opportunity and can't wait to see what God has in store.
P.S. I missed my guys in the jail last night though.