I recently spoke for a Herald of Truth campaign in the national prison system in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. There were a number of amazing stories from the trip, but it was my experience at the juvenile prison that most affected me. We got to go into the barracks where these teenage boys lived. We gave them New Testaments, gospel material, and shared from God's Word. The living conditions were horrible. There was standing water in the communal bathroom, there was no furniture, and they slept on thin mattresses placed side by side around the wall. The stench was unbelievable. It was dark, nasty, and ugly. And nineteen of those young men decided to put on Christ in baptism. We baptized them in a concrete tank filled with scummy rainwater.
When we were baptizing them, I was struck by the number of physical scars on their bodies. Some I'm sure were from fighting, some from abuse, and some from illness. I could only imagine the scars they carried on the inside ... scars I could not see. And most of them will be locked up for a long time. They are now freer than most of the people living outside the prison because of forgiveness in Jesus. They were washed clean by his blood. Two of our local brothers were able to share the Lord's Supper with these new brothers on Sunday.
So we are brothers. What we share in common is greater than what makes us different. And isn't that the whole point of Jesus? He can change your life too. Let me show you how. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.