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Jacksonville Prison Concert

Thank you for sharing HOPE! This concert was made possible entirely by donations from the WCIC community.

From Kira, Afternoon Show Host:

On December 15, I stood in a prison gymnasium. I watched the men at Jacksonville Correctional Center file in and take their seats for the Unspoken concert that God made possible with the support of the WCIC community. Two hours later, I shook each man’s hand as he walked out into the snow-filled air.

This is the fifth prison concert I’ve attended at correctional centers in Lincoln, Taylorville, Galesburg, and now Jacksonville. No work I’ve done in my life seems more significant than the opportunity to look into these faces and remind them that they are not alone.

I spoke to one woman who has volunteered there for 15 years; she knew many of the men personally from a speech class she teaches. She told me that the men take the class to learn to speak to people again. They might be surrounded by others, but their opportunities to have conversations are very limited. Taking her class is often their first opportunity to really get to know each other and share their stories. They waved eagerly at her and smiled, not so differently from students in a kindergarten class.

But this isn’t kindergarten. It’s years, decades, maybe even life for the men and women in our state prisons. I understand they have made a variety of mistakes, some SO heartbreaking. But Chad, the lead singer of Unspoken, always speaks to them as brothers and sisters in a life where none of us lives without falling short. He shares experiences with many of them who have struggled to overcome drug addiction and other traps we fall into. He reminds them God loves each of us, no matter what we’ve done. He can redeem all.

Your support of WCIC makes prison ministry possible. It shares hope.

“I was in prison and you came to visit me.” – Matthew 25:36