This is Wyman holding his ukulele and me next to him, with two staff workers and a pastor’s wife at the right. We sing and preach the gospel to the inmates. The men and women sit on separate sides for these weekly chapel meetings. Many become converted to the Christian faith and some will do ministry work upon their release from prison. Our pastor friend who takes us to this county jail said that those who have found Christ in this place and committed their lives to God have often had their sentences shortened when their cases were reviewed, and some have even had early release!
I remember the very first time I went into a jail cell in Calasiao, in another town, where I visited and prayed for a grandmother. She was in jail for stealing food for her family. As she told me her story and cried, I cried along with her. How terribly sad it is that poverty and hardship drive many to steal and end up like this woman did.