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What a privilege it’s been to spend time with the Unchained Gang for the past month or so!! Despite the rough exterior, their hearts are on fire for God.
George “Midget” Whirley is a spiritual giant, despite his earthly stature. He reminds me of Peter, full of passion and zeal, and wisdom based on life experience and a true relationship with God.
Jim Harmon, along with his wife Yvonne, are answering God’s call by ministering to those forgotten by so many other people, both secular and Christian. The work God has done in their own lives is a living testament they now pass on to others.
Sean Welton has gone through so many trials by fire, and he’s emerged a better man. He’s now equipped with the spiritual armor necessary to pass it forward to others who, like him, have struggled with life and the law.
And Carl… Carl Beadle is such an inspiration to me. He reminds me where true service lies – in simple willingness, both to listen and to act. His willingness has affected the lives of thousands.
More often than not, we have every excuse to sit around, further insulating and isolating ourselves from the real world around us. We prefer the comforts of home, and the toys of convenience to help time pass.
But listen up folks. This life of ours is short. None of us will be lying on our death beds wishing we had spent more time watching football or finding that great deal at Target or making our lawns better manicured or the interior design of our house more polished.
Now I don’t mean to say these things are inherently wrong…no, not at all. But when our own preoccupation with them becomes detrimental to the relationships we should be seeking, then we have lost. And we’re not fulfilling the duties of our Christian claims.
Unchained reminds me that I don’t need to wait until I feel polished in my delivery. I don’t need to wait until I have the right credentials or degrees that verify my talents.
The reality is that God is the one waiting…on me…to be willing. And then, real life begins.
Like any other creature, we as humans, aren’t intended to live in close confinement. Something about it is unnatural. Something about it breeds anxiety, restlessness and angst.
This chapel was a safe place to gather beyond the normal tensions of life behind bars…a rare taste of collective unity amid the underlying discord associated with incarceration.
Jail and prison ministry is at the heart of the outreach by Unchained Ministries, but the motorcycle club does far more.
Who’d have thought this old country boy in suspenders could have such an impact in people’s lives?
Sean Welton wouldn’t see his mom again for 25 years. He was eight years old at the time.
About the Author: Stephen Crane is a year-long fellow with World Next Door. He has a bachelor's degree in theology from Calvin College and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. He has a passion for overlooked places and people and would snowboard at all times if it were possible!