CRI participates in reentry programs where we can. CRI to CR, is one example. There are others.
At the Clark County Jail in Vancouver Washington, CRI ministers to the ladies from 1-8 weeks before they are released. In the Spring of 2014 we met a lady who was eight months pregnant. She was working as a jail trustee to earn time to get an early release. She wanted so desperately to have her baby on the “outside.”
Trustee labor is typically arduous. On Thursday nights she would come to CR exhausted from working all day, but happy we were there. We prayed for her new life as a Christian and the new life inside her. After about a month of regular attendance she didn’t show up to CR. Her cellmates told us her prayers were answered and she was able to be released in time to deliver her baby on the outside, in a loving environment. They said Jesus through CR changed her life.
Perhaps six weeks later, when I was preparing dinner for my CR group outside, a beautiful young lady asked me if I knew who she was. I apologized and told her I work with so many women that I couldn’t recall where I met her.
She said “I’m Jessica, from jail,” and she placed her newborn baby in my arms.
Life has not been easy for Jessica in the year or so since her release. She continues to attend our CR and so has a Godly support group. She is beautiful, courageous and continues to make good choices. Her baby is starting to walk!
I am so grateful to watch Jessica grow in the Lord. Jessica and her child are evidence of the healing power of God.
This is why we do what we do.
Submitted, with permission by: Nicole Davis
Nicole is a volunteer with CR / CRI. Her roles:
- Women’s CRI Ministry Leader, Clark County Jail. Vancouver WA.
- CRI State Rep for Washington.