Recently our team got the opportunity to change focus quite drastically. Contrary to our normal youth ministry and street evangelism, we were asked to go into the Talisay City Jail here in the Philippines. I knew God was going to have to work in my heart and all of my team’s when I realised that
many of these men were imprisoned for crimes most missions teams are sent to help the victims of.
I knew God was going to have to work in my heart and all of my team’s.
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17
As we prayed we knew we would need to continually ask God to give us HIS heart for the people around us, and remind us that
His promise is to love each of us equally — even the human traffickers, even the child abusers, even those that seem impossible for us to love.
We know how Jesus feels about each of these men, and we knew it was our job to show that love through the culture we would bring in our hearts and into the prison gates.
After sharing testimonies, a skate demo, and some singing, we were able to go and talk individually with the inmates and pray with them. Watching each member of my team love on these people with Christ-like “blindness” to their faults, was one of the most powerful revelations I’ve had of God’s undying, redeeming, and forgiving love. We prayed with them and for them and their families back home, we led them in their own prayers, in their own praises to God, and
as brothers and sisters we stood and worshiped our God through the bars of their cells.
For me and my team, this is a life-long reminder to love those around us no matter what the circumstance and pray for those in need despite what the world says they deserve.