Imagine a 5 x 8 room and you share it with 6 other men. No lights, no air conditioning. 23 hours a day. You and the other 6 men poop in a 5 gallon bucket and you pee in a 2 liter coke bottle. You eat a hamburger bun and 1 spoonful of rice 3 times a day.
This is the life of a man in maximum security prison in the Bahamas.
As I walked by the cells, faces started just appearing out of the dark. It was like the darkest darkness of hell. Straight faces, no smiles, bloodshot eyes, and my God, the smell. The shame, the loneliness. It was hell. As I would stare at their faces, with a head nod, the darkest and most hurting people I have ever seen, came to life. They would shout at us, “Ay mon, one love”. Joy was in the room, a smile lit up the darkness. Peace was with me, the Prince of peace. Like kids at Disney World. Oh if you could have seen the joy on their face to just see another man who wasn’t there for anything but to say hi and love them. To shake a mans hand with no strings attached. And of course some never moved their heads, never smiled, They just watched us. They glared with pain, anger, brokenness, mistrust.
We were being toured by the Commissioner, Chaplin, Pastor, and about 8 other men of the prison and the Commissioner was honored to have two men from America visit. What a burden he has, a prison built for 600 men that houses 1800. Disgusting place for humans to live, even prisoners. I’ve never seen anything like it. Larry Watkins and I would just walk and look at one another in disbelief.
I say all of this to say, I’m going back, we will be taking a team of men with Men Sharpening Men to train and teach those who will be able to get out how to be a husband, father, man, and man of God. How to pray. Love your wife and kids. What does it mean to read your Bible daily? How to forgive, trust, and be obedient. The Bahamas! The island is beautiful, the sand and resorts are so inviting, but like every city, the darkness is dark, sad, and broken. Pray for your brothers in the Bahamas. Pray for your brothers imprisoned all over the world. Thank you for your prayers and for supporting Men Sharpening Men. #nassaubahamas #prisons @msmnwa @lwat2717