Three inmates were baptized at the Logan County Detention Center recently as part of the jail’s church services held every Sunday. Jailer Phil Gregory says he cannot thank Mike Humble enough and the 18-20 churches that participate in coming into the jail and offering the word of Christ to those who are behind bars.
“It was extremely exciting,” said Gregory of the baptisms. “When you see anyone offer their life to Christ you can’t help but be excited along with them.
Holding church services on Sunday was something Gregory promised during his campaign as jailer. He wanted to see church come into the jail and felt it would only bring about good things.
“There was no church on Sunday here at the jail and I cannot tell you how much of a difference it has made. It’s been a blessing to have Mike Humble and others come and volunteer their time to help those who are reaching for help,” Gregory said. “Mike spends a lot of time here. He is our jail chaplain/program director and organizes our services, which are four times a day on Sundays.”
Gregory said since bringing in church on Sundays, the atmosphere in the jail has changed. The mood inside this jail and the mood of the inmates and the guards has changed.
“I cannot put it into words really, but it is so different here now,” said Gregory.
During church services three inmates got up and felt the Lord calling them. They went up and asked to be baptized, said Gregory. So on Nov. 29, Humble baptized them.
“When I see the inmates in the wings of the jail, they thank me for providing the services at the jail. There is a lot of interest in these programs. It makes the inmate realize someone cares for them and cares what happens to them when they are released. This has got to be a good thing,” said Gregory.
Many programs are offered at the jail including GED programs, parenting classes, drug abuse classes, etc.
“I had and inmate tell me this is the first jail they were in that someone actually cared about them and tried to help them,” said Gregory. “I feel this is important. It gets them in the right mindset and mood that they want to do what is necessary to survive when they get on the outside. You can see it in them. They are so excited. It gives them hope.”
Gregory said the inmates do realize, however, that they are in a jail first, and that safety and security comes first and foremost.
“It’s a balancing act we do here, but we have a lot of great people working and volunteering at the jail and a lot of caring individuals that are working not only to keep the jail safe and secure, but are working to help those in here to become better citizens when they leave. It’s a win win,” Gregory says.
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