From Tears to Joy

Posted on by Michael James

I met 17-year old Mike three weeks ago at the Detention Center. He had been arrested the day before at Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton and charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his 16-year old best friend. Evidently they had been cleaning a gun which accidentally discharged and killed his friend. 

In my initial conversation with Mike he had tears in his eyes and fear on his face. He told me this was the first time he had been locked up (which unfortunately is rare for most of the teenagers I deal with). When I asked him his thoughts about Jesus Christ and the Gospel message he had just heard me preach to 30 plus inmates, he told me he was a Muslim of Iranian descent and not interested in Jesus. 

Yesterday at the Detention Center I confronted Mike once again with the good news of Jesus Christ and the eternal hope only He can bring. God opened his eyes to understand Salvation and Mike gave his life to Jesus Christ. After we prayed and I was beginning to leave, I looked back and saw Mike’s face, which had once been filled with tears and fear - now reflected the joy and peace of God.

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