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Category: Testimonies
Topic: Trust in God and Do Something

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I must share my ongoing journey with you all. About 2 years ago, I found out that my cousin had returned to prison for the 3rd time. I felt God nudging me, so I searched on the internet to find out what prison he was in. I felt that the least I could do was write to him. I mailed the letter, and to my surprise, he wrote back. He was so happy to hear from me, as I was the first and only one in the family he had heard from. So, we kept in touch for the remainder of his sentence, and he was released on January 13, 2006. I had often wondered what would happen to him once he was released, since he has finally flattened his 32 year sentence completely. He is not on parole or probation, he is "free". Well, I found out quickly what could happen to a man who has been in prison most of his adult life, and it is NOT good. He was dropped off in Downtown Nashville, TN, at the bus station, with a laundry bag of "prison stamped clothes", a prison ID card and $25 cash. With no wife, mother, father, or siblings to turn to, he headed for the Nashville Rescue Mission. A bit of a scary, unpredictable, and allegedly unsafe place for someone as institutionalized as he is. Not to mention, he has bipolar with schizo-affective disorder, and was released from prison with NO meds or even a prescription! Left to his own devices, he left the mission and walked about 20 miles. He ended up being picked up by the police, as he was very disoriented, and had been awake all night. He was then taken to a mental health co-op, where he stayed for about 3 nights. (He still did NOT get any meds, even though he was seen by a doctor there). He decided to call me on Jan. 15th. I was so glad to hear from him, but extremely concerned and angered after hearing of his recent experiences. He was by all accounts, a homeless person, on the brink of nowhere, with no resources or life skills to draw from. I now know firsthand why there is such a high incidence of repeat offenders in this country. Well, I felt that familiar nudge from God again, and I knew at that very moment that I had to "Step Up and Give a Hand Up!" So, I went the next day and picked him and his belongings up, and we set off, trying to figure out what to do next. And, I am so blessed to report that from that very day, with the help of a few other concerned family members, and I do mean "few", we have fed, clothed and sheltered him! We have graciously given him love, time, support, but most of all, HOPE! He turned 47 on Feb. 5th, and we took him out for a birthday dinner. He even started a job last week! I feel so humbled to be a part of his miracle. I know in my heart that God is at work here, and I must trust Him each day to give me the wisdom and the resources to help my "Brother in Christ" create a new life for himself. Please pray for us as we continue this journey, and know that YOU too can make a difference in someone's life today! Thank you for your time and God Bless you

Posted: 2006-02-09 00:18:00

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