When speaking of those states with the highest number of inmates in prison, the top four are 1) California, 2) Texas, 3) Florida, and 4) Georgia (where we live). Did you happen to notice that 3 out of 4 states are in the “Bible Belt”? “Religion” has no power to change a man from sinner to saint. This power is given only to those who receive relationship with the true and living God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Relationship to the Lord cannot be coerced according to God’s Word: “Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him” Proverbs 27:22.
Richard P., Johnny N., David R., Howard S., and I conducted a revival meeting at Georgia State Prison this month. We showed up for a preaching session on Monday morning, and were saddened to hear that the prison was totally in lockdown. On Sunday, in the infirmary, an inmate assaulted a nurse, sending her off to the hospital. Despite this, the warden allowed us to do cell-to-cell visitation. As it turned out, the prison was in lockdown all week, but we were allowed to do visitation each day. By Wednesday, we heard that the nurse’s condition had improved, and that she had been released from the hospital. God used me to lead 3 men to Christ during visitation.
That week, we also had meetings in the afternoons at Evans County Jail, and Tattnall County Jail. At Tattnall, each of the four of us held a preaching service in the various pods. It was remarkable to me to watch the change of attitude amongst the fifteen men I preached to. At the beginning of the service, you could sense the tension—no smiles, inmates looking at each other—tension! But, as the Word of God was preached, I could sense the Holy Spirit arresting (no pun intended) the men’s attention. By the time I gave the invitation, 4 men stepped out and made profession of faith. In all, 12 men trusted Christ as personal Savior during 4 services there.
Richard P., and I also had a revival meeting at Emanual (spelling correct) Women’s Prison, in Swainsboro, GA. What a sweet time we had with those ladies! It seemed like the majority were hanging on every word during the services. Several of the ladies were working hard to win a Rock of Ages study Bible by bringing the most first time visitors to the services. On Sunday night, at the final service, there were 123 ladies attending! I didn’t get the exact number, but well over 20 ladies came forward to trust Christ as personal Savior during the revival, and the altars were full of saved ladies making things right with their Savior.
Locally, at Haralson County Jail, I preached twice, once to the ladies, and then to the guys. One lady, Lynn, and one fellow, Adam, made profession of faith in the Lord Jesus. Only God can do these things!
We remain in Christ’s Intensive Care,
Rich and Linda Fulton