by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent
GENEVA, Alabama (BNc) — “Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can come back up,” is a statement made about people on the wrong pathway in life. That statement often explains the position of those confined in the local county jail.
On Thursday evenings a group of men from the church in Geneva goes into the jail for Bible study with the inmates. As a result of those Bible studies, five men were baptized Thursday morning, October 7.
The outdoor, make-shift baptistry is a large metal stock watering tank purchased at a local feed and seed store. Due to frequent baptisms, the jail staff provided the large tank for use on the jail property, rather than transporting the inmates to the church building for the baptisms.
After a person is baptized, their picture is taken and placed on the front page of the next church bulletin. It is considered front-page news, the same as an important article in the newspaper would be. The men in the jail like to have copies of the bulletin to share with family members and to save for themselves. Recently one of the younger men mentioned he didn’t want his picture in the orange prison uniform put in the bulletin. He was ashamed of the reminder that he broke the law and had to pay for it; yet, we know his soul was white as snow. Sin scars.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.