Former Prisoners Find Redemption by Helping Others
- Monday, December 19, 2005
Earley came to realize that God uses the most broken of vessels to become his spokesmen.
``Because then the world understands you can be broken and still have a future with God,'' he said.
Soon after gaining these insights, Earley took over leadership of Prison Fellowship. It is the testimony of Robinson and others like him that makes Earley certain that he made the right choice.
Through IFI, Robinson grew in his faith and learned how to relate to other men through grace, not gang acceptance.
``My best friend in the program was a Muslim. You don't have to be a Christian,'' Robinson said. ``But the change in him was awesome because the program teaches good values. Maybe there are a lot of the counselors who rejoice if you become a Christian, but that's not their goal. Their goal is to see a changed life and for you to go forward and not backward, to use your past as a faith builder to continue to be successful in life and to love on others instead of using your past as a copout and scapegoat because you're afraid.''
Robinson has worked as a welder since gaining his freedom in March. He is knitted into his church community and continues to testify to the grace of God and benefits of prison ministry.
Soon after beginning his job, a co-worker gave Robinson his used pickup truck.
``He said, `You don't owe me anything for it,' '' Robinson said. ``Before, if I had not gone through the (IFI) program, I'd have taken that truck and sold it, gotten money from a free truck. Now, I want to give that truck to somebody else who is in the same situation I was in. That's what it's all about.''
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