From Ernie Pearson, Attorney with Nexsen|Pruet and a devoted volunteer:
“I feel I have grown as a Christian through my association with DISCIPLE Bible Study. My weekly visits to the prisons have become an important part of my life and my Christian faith. Observing our class members’ level of commitment to this Bible Study, their Christian contentment while behind bars, and the close-knit community that exists among them provides me a high level of inspiration that makes my life much more fulfilled.
The ministry has certainly had a positive impact on the men in my prison groups at Harnett Correctional. I have, through the years, observed numerous transformational miracles among members of the classes I have had the privilege to co-lead. Some include the following. A hardened convicted murderer weeping openly at the joy of receiving forgiving grace as a part of the closing communion service. A father weeping as he gave testimony of how Bible Study had sustained him after hearing of a son’s suicide while the father was an inmate. An inmate who exhibited anger as a new member of our class but who evolved into a contented person seemingly at peace with himself. An inmate who was so transformed by his Bible Study experience that upon being released, has begun a ministry outside of prison and waits until he can be approved to become a DBOM volunteer in the prison system.
As an attorney who early in my career handled many criminal cases, both as a prosecutor and defense counsel, I have been gratified and touched to observe the redemptive strength of DISCIPLE Bible Study.
The lives of both inmates and volunteers are being transformed through Cross and Key Prison Ministries.
From an inmate: “While cement walls, razor wire, and locked gates remind us daily of our past mistakes, your ministry reminds us that we are not beyond the redemptive love of Jesus Christ.”
From a volunteer: “The need is so great and the work is so hard but doing this ministry gives me the greatest joy.”
From an inmate: “I used to say that I was serving a life sentence but now I can say that I am living a new life and serving Jesus Christ.”
From a volunteer: “I know how much Disciple means to the men in my class. You see, I was once in their place. Now I get to go back into prison to bring Disciple to others. All praise to the Savior.”
From an inmate: “Jesus said that if the disciples didn’t praise him then the very stones would cry out. That really got to me when we were studying it. I am better than a stone! I want to be the one to glorify His name! And now I am, because of my Disciple class!”
From a volunteer: “A twenty three year member of a gang asked me to pray for him to receive Christ as his Savior. I was caught off guard and suggested that he talk to the chaplain. ‘No,’ he said, ‘I want you to pray for me.’ So I did. He always remembered to thank me. I’ll always remember to thank him.”
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Cross and Key Prison
300 N. Howe Street
Southport, NC 28461
P.O. Box 358
Oak Island, NC 28465
Toll-free (855) 980-7400
The lives of both inmates and volunteers are being transformed.
“The need is so great and the work is so hard but doing this ministry gives me the greatest joy.” ~ A Volunteer
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