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Louisiana State Prison at Angola

Possibly the most extraordinary prison in America today is the State Prison at Angola, about an hour from Baton Rouge, LA.   Warden Burl Cain (author of Cain’s Redemption) hosted Ruth Graham and friends this past weekend, and I was doing the photo work to document the teaching ministry to the inmates. We walked among, talked to, and had fellowship with with life-sentenced murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals. They were like brothers to everyone on the team.

This was my third visit to Angola, and come away each time very moved by the depth of spiritual understanding and true spiritual freedom that these guys have.

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Ruth Graham’s ministry web site:
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Ruth Graham’s new book from Simon & Shuster:  Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There

2 Responses

  1. Cathy Fontenot

    Thanks to Ms. Graham and all her friends for all you’ve shared with us here at Angola. It was one of the greatest, if not, the greatest events we’ve had!! The inmates are still talking (it gets really loud when over 5,100 men are talking)about how much they enjoyed and learned from attending the program. Our staff and their families were also blessed by Ms. Graham’s special service presented in the newly dedicated chapel (funded and built entirely by Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse) located in the employee residential area. The raw and inspiring true life stories of personal struggle and journey toward hope of each speaker were riviting. Lives were positively impacted and changed from this opportunity. We sincerely appreciate the patience and generosity of the entire team. Thank you all for helping us to realize Warden Cain’s moral rehabilitation goals!!! Peace.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:36 am

  2. Jim and Mary, God has used you as God’s agent of change to influence God’s Kingdom thru the revolutionary experience of Christ Jesus’ new birth (John 3) of glorious Hope, eternal Peace and fresh Joy from God the Father thru His amazing Love, in each of you, so our friends in Angola thru your long time relationships with the Graham family, which includes Franklin and Ruth Graham (Huntley Brown!!), can also experience that same resurrecting experience of Christ new birth and eternal Hope, thru these two great and effective communicators of the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ that does not exclude anyone because of crime history, race, culture, gender or class, at the Cross the ground is level indeed!! Barbara and I love you and thank you for loving the “least of these” and for becoming a very effective voice for the them (Prov. 31:8-9) thru God’s amazing gift of photography He has given you that you have developed, to take all of us to the mountain top as you just did with the recent Angola video you posted with Ruth Graham and friends which included our terrific friend and my Carebean brother Huntley Brown–We are expericing and savoring God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, and indeed we find Jesus to be more delicious and satisfying that ever–thank you for the holy garlic ALELUYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, thank you for being a blessing also to the entire staff in Angola and for allowing the World to experience the redemption of Angola and the precious men of Angola. Furthermore thank you for being a huge blessing to my friends Warden Burl Cain, Assistant Warden Cathy Fontenot and Chaplain Robert Toney, who are doing a terrific job in Angola for Gods’ glory, our fresh joy and the common good o fall. Finally, thank you for blessing my big time friends Big Lou, Shelby and Nolan!!!

    September 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm

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