This is a testimony from a man on “Death Row”. This testimony was recently received at the RU office in Rockford, Illinois. We are so thankful for the men and women of the RU Inside Ministries who sacrifice their time and show compassion to those whom most of the world has forgotten. Praise God He still gives liberty to the captives!
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound…(Isaiah 61:1).
First and foremost, I must thank and praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Then, I must state how much I appreciate and value the leadership of the godly men who come to the prison to share their faith and love. This RU program has truly been a helpful tool in growing my faith and has kept me from looking back on my past.
Living life on Death Row is often just an existence…all alone and waiting for the miserable end.
When the RU program was introduced to me, I had been feeling low and spiritually dry. I felt like giving up on having any hope about anything. I felt like God was not hearing my cries because He just didn’t care about a man sentenced to be executed. Now, I know that the devil wants us to be ignorant about God’s love and forgiveness for each one of us. The RU discipleship course has taught me of God’s great love and also shown me His love through the men that choose to come see us here on “the Row.”
That spiritual “dry spell” ended long ago and thanks be to God for that! God has supplied me with the love I need to take us through each day here. My surrender to Him was real; and now, with each new day, I look to give Him that same humble attitude.
I could never repay God the debt I owe Him. That “debt” includes His love, but also the attention and encouragement that these godly men give to us here. These volunteers take time out of their own lives to teach us God’s Word and to fellowship with men whom society says, “are the worst of the worst,” and undeserving to even live. They show us God’s perfect love.