From cigarettes to ministry, one former inmate now preaches the freedom of Christ.

By August 11, 2006

USA (MNN)–The World Bible Translation Center shares a full circle ministry story from South Texas.

30 years ago, a prisoner named Alex used the pages of a New Testament to roll cigarettes. A fellow inmate tattled on him, but when the chaplain gave him a new one, he simply asked that he not smoke the book of John. Says Alex, “I began reading and I came to chapter 3 where it said that God loved me so much that He gave His Son for me. My life has never been the same since.”

Today, he serves as chaplain in three different jails in the Corpus Christi area. He also preaches regularly, and works with the homeless and poor in the region. This year, he’s distributed over 300 Easy to Read Bibles to inmates, and recently baptized 15 more.

Pray that God continues to encourage the jail ministries. If you want to help provide Bibles for them, go to:

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