End of Life
Dedicated volunteers serve the spiritual needs of inmates with serious or terminal medical conditions. Volunteers work during weekly visits to reconcile families, encourage and answer questions that often are in the hearts of those who are near death. The team is on-call to minister even in the last hours of an inmate’s life.
Paul said “I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3:6
Forgiven Ministry was asked by Alexander Administrator Keith Whitener to visit inmates in the infirmary. Jim and Carla Lawing have been going to visit and share the gospel with the men there for about two years.
One morning, Mrs. Fortner, Nurse Supervisor 2, called and asked if Jim would be willing to come visit an inmate who was dying. Jim went and met Mr. William S. Over a period of weeks, they became friends. At first Mr. S had a lot of “philosophy” and anger he needed to vent. Finally Jim said, “Let’s see what God has to say.” He began sharing the gospel with Mr. S. When he prayed, Mr. S wept.
Alexander Correctional transferred Mr. S to Central Prison in Raleigh. But a short time later, they sent him back to Alexander at Mr. S’s request. He was on a lot of medication and twice he refused to see Jim.
One morning, Mrs. Fortner called and said, “If you want to see Mr. S again you need to come today.” Jim went. The next day, Jim and Carla both went. Jim read Scripture, they sang several songs. Mr. S was so weak he could not lift his hand to shake hands. As they sang “Alleluia”, Mr. S raised his right hand and said, “Hallelujah.” He died at 3 the next morning.