I met a guy who had come in for food. As an 8 year old child his father showed him how to clean and assemble a handgun. As you can imagine, from then on things went from bad to worse and he ended up addicted to drink, drugs and violence. He told me he had served 20 years altogether in his 47 years of life.
Amazingly, he has come out the other end and is now going round schools warning children of the dangers – and consequences – they face if they go down a similar route. He told me doesn’t hold back when he describes prison life in all its messy details.
What brought about this remarkable change? He met Jesus in a prison and is now a born again Christian. Needless to say his father is at a loss to understand him and has rejected him. He told me that God had never let him down and, although he has never had a lot, he has always had enough.
I was really touched by his story. I gave him my website URL and invited him to send me his testimony, setting out what he was like before he became a Christian and the change that happened in his life afterwards. We discussed local churches and I suggested one he might like to try out. Finally I prayed for him that God might use him powerfully to reach others.