Tutwiler Prison for Women-Soldier of Satan

When I took that first walk down those halls at Tutwiler Prison for Women, I could sense evil in that place. I even saw it up close and personal sitting in the front row of the Chapel once. The look in her eyes was dead and cold. Evil was her name, wicked, mask of hate, Satan’s soldier. I’m sure she was there on Satan’s request, to try and stop me from telling these women about Jesus. However, what it did was make me bolder. You see, the Lord knew Satan’s plans and had given me a scripture before my visit to prepare me for this.

Jeremiah 1:17, 19 ..Rise and speak unto them all that I command thee, be not dismayed at their faces lest I confound thee before them. And they shall fight against thee but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.

As I looked upon this inmate’s face this scripture kept coming back to me. She stared at me with pure hatred. I didn’t falter or waiver. I intentionally looked her in the eye many times during the service and boldly taught them about Jesus. I wanted this soldier of Satan to know God was with me and there was nothing she could do to stop me from telling these women about Jesus. I wanted her to know that I could do all things through Christ who strengthens me. During my three years, I only saw her one other time.

The first visit to the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women was January, 2014. I took my last journey the end of December, 2016. What a blessing the Lord gave me to allow me to minister to these women of Tutwiler. It has blessed me beyond words.

Jesus doesn’t forget about us when we make bad choices and decisions. If He did we would all be in trouble. No, He is always there with arms wide open, waiting for us to ask for forgiveness and another chance. He only needs the opportunity to make things right so He can heal and restore us.

For some of these women this prison sentence means the end of the road. The end of their dreams, the end of hope. They have been cut off from their children, spouses, family and friends. They no longer are in control of their lives at all. All because of bad choices and decisions they have made. The sinful fallen world is a dark place and prison is even darker.

Ministering to these women helped to bring a spark of light to their situations through the teaching of Jesus. And for those who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior they are now a shining light in an otherwise dark place. Jesus gives hope to the hopeless and grace when they need it the most.

One murderer who was there for life without parole had accepted Jesus and she was ministering to the women in the dorm. She no longer was hopeless, all because of Jesus. She had received forgiveness of sins through what Jesus did on the cross for all of us. She’s still in prison because there are consequences for our actions. However, the Lord can change her sentence anytime He wants to. He can change the judge’s and the parole boards hearts if He so chooses. He can make a way where there seems to be no way.

Jesus is touching the lives of these inmates. These inmates are plagued by anger, guilt and shame, and many other negative emotions. It is so important they hear the message of healing, restoration and forgiveness in Christ that can change their lives. They can then become a light to those around them in and out of prison.

I am forever grateful God allowed me to be a vessel to spread the Word of God and the love of Jesus to these women of Tutwiler. His Word never returns void!!!!

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.