Mike is a veteran who served in Iraq and came home with multiple problems. In addition to needing surgery, he suffered with PTSD and wrestled with questions of faith. Mike’s PTSD was so severe, that when he was in the hospital, the staff was warned never to wake him while he slept.
God did an amazing thing in class today at the House of Corrections. As we were talking about being works in progress and that God has promised to walk with us through this process, one of the brothers bared his soul. He confessed that he was struggling with his faith because God was not answering his prayers. Indeed, it seemed he was receiving the opposite of what he was requesting.
On March 14, 2020, Wisconsin closed its prisons to all visitors and volunteers because of the Covid-19 virus. The prisons stayed closed for nearly sixteen months which meant there was no in-person contact from family, friends, a home pastor or even an IM Chaplain. This had to be an especially disheartening and discouraging time for all the men and women living inside those facilities.
From time to time, when I’m talking with someone about my ministry in Wisconsin’s prisons, they say something like, “It must be difficult to share Jesus with people in prison.” Perhaps they say that because they think that most people in prison are not even slightly interested in reading God’s Word, coming to a Bible study, meeting with a pastor, or changing their sinful lifestyle.