I have visited several jails and prisons. Can a person in prison change his life and have a good testimony? Many Deaf prisoners are studying the SWM Deaf Bible Institute program. Can God change the lives of prisoners? I visited a prison in Orlando, Florida. I led a Deaf man named Anthony to the Lord. He was sentenced to 15 years, but now he has eternal life in Heaven. Later he brought five other deaf prisoners to us to be saved. I witnessed to them and three were saved. In prison, Anthony and his friends have had a changed life. They help others to also be saved.
I thought of Paul and Silas in prison for preaching the Gospel (Acts 16:23-34). The jailor put their feet into stocks (blocks of wood) and fastened them so they could not escape. Paul and Silas did not complain. About midnight they begin to pray and sing. Other prisoners heard them praying and singing. Something strange happened. An earthquake shook the prison and all jail doors opened. They could escape. The jailor knew if the prisoners escaped, he would lose his life. In darkness he could not see them. He thought all the prisoners had escaped. As he took his sword to kill himself, he heard a voice, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.” He then saw the prisoners. He fell down before Paul and Silas and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” God saved him and his family. Their lives were changed. God changed Anthony, God changed the jailor and God can change you (2 Cor. 5:17). The Deaf can be changed!