When my husband Jeff and I met Brad and Jared at the jail in August, I was blown away by their stories and the vibrant faith they've both found behind bars, right here in our own back yard. We went to the jail to minister, and we left feeling like we were the ones most encouraged and blessed by our time there. Since then, it's been a joy to visit, stay in touch, and connect with others who've been part of their faith journeys, including several of their acquaintances and family members whose lives have been changed by their stories of freedom and hope in Jesus.
Fast forward a few months. Brad and Jared are still in jail... still waiting to go to court... still witnessing to other men and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in the midst of their uncertainties. Some who've been involved in jail ministry here for years are saying they've never seen anything like this. Some are calling it a jailhouse revival.
This morning, it was my honor and privilege to be a part of baptizing these two gentlemen at the Brookings county jail, and to capture a bit of their stories on video.