«Remember the prisoners as if chained with them» (Hebrews 13:3).
SUSAN IS FULFILLING her mission as a disciple of Christ in a very special way. While some of us women evangelize through song, friendship, the written word, good personal relationships, or doors that our profession opens for us, Susan does another type of evangelism we could call… gutsy. She preaches in maximum security prisons. Her audience is people convicted of murder, rape, organized crime, and various other types of infractions of the law. Many are accepting Jesus into their hearts and join the ranks of soldiers who are going to the heavenly homeland.
«The Lord has asked me to visit people who are prisoners in jails, and that is what I do,» said Susan. And she does it with passion. She has impressive testimonies as the fruit of her labor, such as that of a young man who is in prison for a crime he did not commit. His uncle killed a man in a tribal fight, but since the uncle was very old, his nephew decided to give himself up in his place. It is a fascinating story that reminds us of the type of sacrifice Christ made for us: He left His freedom and position there in heaven to come to this world of evil because of love for humanity.
Another testimony Susan tells was particularly interesting to me. One Sabbath morning in the jail, the service was not led by her, but by a man who had killed his wife. He preached about how to be free from sin. What better place to speak about sin and how to be free from it than in a jail? Prisoners preaching to prisoners—how interesting.
Susan ministers to the marginalized of society, something not everyone is willing to do, and in that, she is following in the footsteps of Jesus. Jesus’s attitude toward the marginalized was clear: they were a priority in His ministry. He healed lepers, visited the poor (He Himself was poor), allowed a woman of bad reputation to kiss His feet, and allowed a woman who was unclean because she had a hemorrhage to touch Him. Jesus placed Himself on the side of the marginalized Jewish people because of His radical vision of the kingdom of God and His righteousness. When He died, He died as One marginalized, on a cross, after an unfair trial, and because of preaching a marginal message. Thank You, Jesus, for helping us to overcome our prejudices.