On Monday evening the Great Blonde and I joined Darrell and Connie Case. Darrell is founder and president of Souls for Christ. We went to a special dinner at Carlisle prison. Mrs. Lilly raved about the food, the fellowship and especially the people we met. On the way home she remarked, “Larry, Chaplain David Walker is real.” She was referring to the Senior Chaplain at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. This statement takes on gargantuan proportion when you understand that when she saw the Hope Diamond her remark was, “Oh, it’s okay.”
The occasion was a special dinner for the volunteers at the prison, a four level complex. We met several very impressive people who continue to give of their time, talent and treasure toward helping to make WVCF one of the better prisons in the United States.
Superintendent Richard Brown is an outstanding man who actively promotes the many programs designed to help the prisoners change. He gave a very brief speech and mentioned one of the volunteers who had been a prisoner at WVCF. At the time Mr. Brown had been a counselor at the prison. He expressed sincere joy at the change brought about in the volunteer’s life. Superintendent Brown made a special effort to talk with me, and I found him to be a sincere, committed man whom I believe is well on his way to being major force for good in America and the world. He is only forty four.
As I watched Warden Brown mingle, another Prison Warden came to mind. Clinton Duffy did outstanding work at the then infamous San Quentin facility and gained international fame for his work. One time Mr. Duffy gave a speech and the theme was along the line of how prisoners can change. After the speech a man said, “Mr. Duffy, a leopard cannot change his spots.” Mr. Duffy replied, “Sir, you’re right, but I do not work with leopards, I work with men and men can change. I see it every day.”
3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
For really good IT services check out My Guru: