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cherokee_county_jail_1__3_Sunday August 22, 2010 - Cherokee County Jail

I began my normal Sunday services at about 9am. We are permitted to bring small pieces of peppermint candy into this facility. In all my years of ministry this is the only jail that allows an outside minister to bring anything inside. I knew I was assigned to minister in the C-Max maximum-security block and the E block where the violent offenders are held.  The men in C-Max are locked in their cells behind a 3” thick steel door. I usually give them several pieces of candy by putting them on the floor and kicking them under the door. I had about 150 pieces of candy and I used about 60 in C – Max,  leaving me a balance of about 90 pieces. When I entered the E block there were a lot more men who came to the tables than normal. I feared I would not have enough candy for all the men. So I gave each man 1 piece leaving approximately 30 pieces. I apologized for not having enough candy to give each man another piece. I put the bag down on the table next to my bible and began to give my testimony. I told them how the Lord spared me from a prison sentence of 315 years and totally restored me, as I continued to speak. Suddenly I was inspired to tell the story in Luke 9 about Jesus feeding 5000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. I told them that all the people ate and there was 12 baskets left over. I began to tell the men that he is the miracle worker and that I believe through faith he will provide us with all of our needs. I began to talk about the liberty they had for being able to receive candy while in jail. I told them it was a “sweet fragrance” of the taste of our Lord Jesus Christ. I picked up the bag of candy and held it up over my head and prayed. “Lord if it be thy will multiply this candy so each man can have another piece”.  I put the bag down and said nothing is impossible for God. Several other men got up out of their beds and came to the table. I am estimating about 15 more men. At the end of my testimony I picked up the bag and began to pass out the candy. I was quoting scripture and giving the E E gospel presentation as continued to give each man a piece of candy. All 75 men received a piece of candy and I went back to the table and turned the bag over and about 20 more pieces fell out on to the table. At that time I gave my invitation, everyone prayed to receive Christ as their savior. I am estimating that 50% of the men were already saved. Approximately 30 to 40 men were saved. At the end I noticed one man on the side and I asked him if he had received a second piece of candy. He stated that he did not. I remembered that I had dropped a piece on the floor in C-Max and put it in my top pocket.  I reached into my pocket pulled out the last piece and tossed it to the man. Everyone stood up and clapped and praised the Lord. On my way out I asked the Guard if he knew the Lord. His reply was yes but he never saw anything like this. I am just amazed to see how our Lord works behind prison walls. He truly does “Proclaim Freedom to the Captives”. 

spartnSpartanburg County Detention Facility

Last week I was preaching in the Spartanburg County Jail and a man came up to me asking if I remembered him.  I replied he looked familiar. He said he was with me while I was incarcerated at Coleman in 1998. He remembered how I was the chaplain's clerk and how I studied all the time. He has been in and out of jail his whole life. He said if God did this for me he wanted Jesus, another soul saved by the Grace of our Lord.  God is at work all around us. Praise the Lord!

Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center 

The Muslim religion is exploding among the prison population.  It has been an ongoing problem where the offenders are faced with false hope in a false god.  It is very difficult to witness to a person who is a Muslim believer. While I was visiting the solitary confinement cellblock at the Cherokee County Jail I met a man who was not very interested in hearing about the hope in Christ. As I listened to him debate with me why his faith was true and correct. I waited on the Lord and prayed silently. When he was finished I asked him where his god is now. I then began to ask him how many ministers from his mosque came to visit him. I then began to give him my testimony. He was amazed to hear how the Lord spared me from 315 years in prison and restored me beyond my greatest expectations. As I explained the Promise of Salvation he began to cry and asked me how he could be saved, he wanted what I had.  He prayed to receive Christ as his savior and he agreed to give me his Koran in exchange for a Holy Bible. One of the jail officers heard my testimony over the security system stopped me on my way out. He asked me how I was able to convert this man. My response was that I had nothing to do with it. I was just the man who was sent. We both praised the Lord as the He saved another lost soul.



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