Freedom in Prison

Be encouraged by “Tom’s” story from Costa Rica …

“Tom (actual name withheld) was born into a family that consisted of a mother, father and brother. Unfortunately, at a young age his mother left them. So, he had to live with his father who wasn’t always around. After many custody changes and his mom leaving him again, his brother ended up raising him. Tom looked up to his brother like any of us would do in his situation. The problem was that his brother wasn’t involved in the greatest of things. Drugs and bad people were part of their life starting at a young age. Tom became so involved that he was faced with a life or death situation. At 17 years old, the age where many of us are enjoying our senior year of high school, and the problems we face are whether or not we pass our next test, Tom had to make a difficult decision. Tom was going to be killed. He had an inclination that this was going to happen soon and friends confirmed the rumors. Tom faced a decision now … run. But, run to where? He had no family or friends that weren’t a part of his gang. He realized his only option was to kill or be killed. He took the first option. Fast forward to today. Tom has been in prison for 5 years and has 2 to go. He is in his early 20’s being transformed by God’s love. I met Tom 3 weeks ago and instantly knew there was something different about this guy. You could tell that he was the “leader” of the inmates and at the end of practice took our Bible study very seriously. You can tell God is working in his life. The other prisoners look up to Tom because of his leadership skills and it is cool to see him using this gift positively by having an impact on others. Now Tom goes into great detail in his testimony about living in prison and the difficulties behind it. He shares his trust issues, fighting problems, deceptive cutting issues and even just missing the reality of living outside the walls. Tom reiterated throughout his testimony on how Push The Rock has been changing his life these last three years. He concluded that hopefully one day he would be able to work for Push The Rock and be able to help have an impact on prisoners. He knows there is a God that will forgive even our greatest sins and knows it is necessary for the other inmates to hear this!”

– PTR Costa Rica

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