He’s now a grandfather, but his early days were horrendous. Abused physically and sexually by his father, he grew up confused, angry and feeling unloved.
No surprise therefore that he spent a total of 20 years in prison, five of them for armed robbery. He went down the drugs route, ending up on crack cocaine.
man behind bars
Now he’s moved on and slowly getting a sense of perspective and that it wasn’t all his fault. Thankfully he treated his children and grandchildren in a more loving way.
I told him that I knew someone who loves him as he is, and has always loved him. I shared about God, Jesus, sin and repentance. He told me he recently went to church. I told him about the church I attended, and he said: “that’s near where I live”. He couldn’t come this week, but might be able to come next Sunday. He took away a gospel tract.
A guy came in for food, said he was on probation and asked me if I knew of any soup kitchens where he could help out. He said he was a chef by profession. In his earlier years he had been the youngest chef in a Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK. I told him any potential soup kitchen would want to know why he was on probation.
It came out that he had voluntarily seen his doctor about his predilection for paedophilia on the web and the outcome was that he was arrested and taken to court. He pointed out that his offence was “non-contact”, i.e. that it was all internet related.
To cut a long story short, I told him that Jesus was the one who could forgive him and enable him to forgive himself. Although not a believer, he agreed to take a gospel which he said he would read on a park bench that afternoon. I ended by offering him a hug which he gratefully received. I felt that’s what Jesus was calling me to do,