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Doing Time on the Other Side of the Bars: Ministry to Families of Prisoners

By Carl Stagner

You’ve probably seen the bumper sticker that says, “My child is on the honor roll.” But you’ve probably never seen the bumper sticker that reads, “My child is at the county jail.” Linda Davis offers this contrast to stress that parents of the incarcerated are anything but proud of their children’s achievements—and often alone in their shame. Davis, who attends the Church of God in Hartville, Ohio, knows exactly what it’s like to carry the emotional weight of having a son in prison. She also knows all too well what it’s like to have no support system. And that’s a terrible problem when states like hers have fifty thousand people in the prison system. Continue reading