“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7.
It was a huge celebration on earth and in heaven when the Covington County Sheriff’s Office announced that over 17 inmates received Jesus and got baptized and a hope that it would be a “new start” for them.
Baptism of 17 inmates
The Sheriff’s department shared the good news on their social media page saying they were, “proud to report that 17 inmates were baptized today.” They said, “The ministry that has been provided at the Covington County Correctional Facility has been a blessing in many ways. We hope that this is a new start and will change the lives of these and many more.”
The post was shared along with two pictures of the 17 inmates, four of whom were women and the rest all men. They were photographed smiling in happiness over their decision to receive Christ publicly, and many family and friends commented on it saying, “Praise the Lord!! Praying for strength and courage to stand up for Jesus all their lives,” said one commenter.
Another person said, “It’s wonderful that you have all chosen a new way. Our Lord Jesus Christ will always be there to comfort and take care of you. However, when He answers your prayers, it may not always be what you had in mind. But trust in Him for He is the only Way.”
Former inmate, Alfio who hails from Washington, had created an 11-foot cross for the prison ministry which played a vital role in him receiving Christ. The decision came after he was given the gospel in the prison, “I had to pick a side and I picked Jesus Christ,” he said. “He said ‘Follow me and it’ll be better than you think.’”
The Covington County Sheriff's Department is proud to report that 17 inmates were baptized today. The ministry that has…
Since being released 2 years earlier than the original 11-year charge, he and his wife now create crosses for churches. Alfio says God has called him to create a unique cross that describes the pain that Jesus went through on all our behalf.