The judge gave me a life sentence; Jesus gave me a life contract.
Giving back, reaching out to us souls is by far the only reason I am where I am today. Am I perfect? No, do I still make mistakes, yes. Today I understand the difference and know I am still loved. Only because God placed you beautiful ladies in my path. Thank you Jesus, and Women of Kairos…
I made a friend here this weekend, and His name is Jesus.
3-4-16 That’s the day I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I am incarcerated at the Hughes Unit in Gatesville, Texas. I am serving a Life Sentence for Murder. I’ve been locked up 19 years. I must do another 21 more years before even being considered for parole. Yet I am already set- free. I’ve never felt so much freedom. A court room judge said I must do a mandatory 40 years. Jesus Christ has set me free. I was Blessed to have been chosen by God to attend Kairos #38 at the Hughes Unit from 3-3-16 to 3-6-16. It was a true God send. I am a changed man, and because of it so is my family. I know all thanks goes to God, and that the people from Kairos are merely God’s Tools, but never have I been so appreciative of a tool. Thank you all Praise God for the people you all are because Christ our Savior.
The Kairos women bring a lot of cheer and hope to those of us who were lost for so long in our
addictions or crime. You have no idea how much of an influence a Kairos volunteer can do in a person’s life! I have been clean and sober for 10 years now and I owe a lot of that to the words that I heard from the Kairos women who took the time to bless us with their presence & amazing stories!
Up until the day I went to Kairos, I was really lost; lost in sin, though, and the way I was! Every other word out was a cuss word, or of impure thoughts or actions. I cared nothing about anybody’s feelings or my own. I attended Kairos. I opened my mind, I heard, I saw things in others I never saw before. I started to see people that cared about others! I took “God” into my heart and mind, and a big load was taken from me. I felt good inside. Happy to be alive for the first time in my life that I could remember!! I saw life could change for me if I tried!
I thought I was pretty tough. I didn’t cry when I was arrested. I didn’t cry when I was sentenced. I didn’t cry when I came to prison. But I found out that I’m not tougher than God. I’ve been crying all weekend.
Kairos changed my life…I was depressed, alone, ashamed of what I did, and God came to me through the men volunteers of Kairos and they helped lead me to the saving knowledge of Christ and the peace and joy that brings.
I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. I felt like Paul felt. And from that day forward, God has just been blessing my life.
I would love to someday be able to volunteer and be able to give back the love that was given to me. Please, please pass on my love to all the ladies this weekend. That was a magical weekend for me, and I hope others feel the love of Christ. God bless each and every volunteer that sets foot there this weekend.
What I learned at Kairos is that God doesn’t hate me, He just hates my sins; the volunteers taught me that He is a forgiving God — no matter what.
Kairos gave me a reason to live. I believe that, had I not come to know God’s love, I probably would not be here today. How else could a person with two life sentences survive the horrors of prison life? All things are possible with God. Without Him, many of us don’t make it. It was because of Kairos that I got to know God, and ultimately, I was given the chance to live.
I lost contact with my family outside of here. I’ve been doing my time alone; now I have a community.
Real people doing real things. A group who didn’t judge me but allowed me to look at myself and see the roots of my problems.
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