Inspiring Small Churches to Consider Prison Ministry

Date Posted: 4/23/2015

Charles Dixon and Jacqueline Smith are members of Norris Chapel UMC in the Central South District who are fulfilling God's purpose for their lives by giving a Saturday afternoon to prison ministry. They are part of a four-person team that visits the Lockheart Correctional Facility one Saturday per month to minister to the female population of the prison. Charles and Jacqueline are laypersons who realize the Lord has a purpose for their lives beyond Sunday morning worship. Charles is a preacher and excellent singer. Jacqueline is a faithful member of Norris Chapel who has personally experienced incarceration.

Charles preaches or sings, while Jacqueline gives her testimony and inspires the prisoners by sharing spiritual techniques that she used to lift her spirits while she was behind bars. Shares Jacqueline, I believe I become a better person when I help others to know how good God has been to me. If He did it for me, He will surely do it for them. During my time behind bars, my life was an open book to Jesus. I truly believe everything happens for a reason, and there is a lesson to learned from it, whatever it may be. I have learned to not let the world dictate my life. I know that a person does not have to be behind bars to be locked up, or locked out. Some will come or go to Him at the time of pain, however we should seek him at all times, because He lives.”