Tutwiler Prison-Fear

When a person lives afraid, that fear is part of who they are. Being fearful, rejected and unwanted, lends itself to other struggles, such as insecurity. They manifest themselves in many ways, and cause other side effects.

Fear can attack all of us, but especially those in prison. Sometimes it is subtle, and other times it is swift and lunges. The Bible teaches us that perfect love casts out fear. Some of the women of Tutwiler Prison have discovered that perfect love. His Name is Jesus.

Below are two testimonies published by Prison Fellowship Ministries.

“He who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” I Thessalonians 5:24

As I rode the bus home after being released from prison, I was suddenly confronted by all kinds of fears and questions. I made myself relax by meditating on the Word of God; I thought deeply about my new life as a believer in Jesus Christ. I knew that I trusted Him with everything in my life and that He would be faithful to meet my needs.

When I got off the bus in Washington DC, my husband was there waiting for me – but only to take me to the halfway house where I would have to live for almost a year. Here I was, in my own hometown but unable to go home to be with my loved ones. And as the months went by, it was sometimes frustrating trying to live by the rules and regulations of the halfway house, maintain a job, and spend a few hours with my family, only to have to leave them again.

But I stayed in that halfway house for seven months and came out stronger in the Lord than when I went in. God brought me through every long step of the way. Now I live in a new home with my husband and three children. God kept us all in His hands so we could be back together again.

Verna B. Released from FCI Alderson, West Virginia

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7

Before becoming a Christian, I was fearful, not only of life in prison but also about being released and going home. I was especially worried about the people in the community – would they accept me?

But now I am a new person in Christ and I’m no longer afraid of how others may treat me. I know that the God who controls all things is with me. I am His child and He will not only free me from my fears, but will also fill me with His spirit of power and love.

Prayer O God, you have made me free to choose you and love you. Thank you for freeing me from fear! Help me to show your love to each person I meet today and every day. Amen.

Pearline J.  Nebraska Center for Women, York, Nebraska

God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.