Posts Tagged ‘church’

Glad to be in prison

Posted: 22 November 2017 in On the Pilgrim's Road, Prisons
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PH-Prison-Service.jpgBarry* stood up in the Chapel service. “I’m glad to be in prison”. General muttering from the other men. “No, I am. I would be dead by Christmas if not.  I’m a long term drug addict and I’ve been told that my heart won’t last this way.  I’ve now got a chance to get sorted.”  The Chaplain had just asked if anyone had anything they’d like to thank God for during the week, at which Barry was up immediately.

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Cinderella Service

Posted: 25 March 2017 in Haiti
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WanHCBH Chaplains.JPGt a hospital service that can: help the cure; needs no equipment, nor medicines, needs no electricity or internet, and runs on very little money?  Well I’m standing with them in the picture.  These are the Hospital Chaplains. A Cinderella service.

The Poor Relation
Here am I, in Hôpital Convention Baptiste d’Haiti, in Cap-Haïtien. Standing alongside the chaplains.  Pastor Yousvel (one of the senior administrators), Pastor Sadak, and Pastor Samuel (in the wheelchair- not a fashion statement).  Chaplaincy tends to be seen as a poor relation.

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Prisoner behind bars praying the rosaryThere are wonderful stories from prisons. Stories of release, repentance, re-birth. But it prisoners lives are so mixed up, it is hard to grip the heart of the matter. And it is easy for outsiders like me to offer a little light religion and get fed back well meaning words. Because the guys inside want a nice encounter on a Sunday chapel service too.  Here are some stories of searching and confusion.

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Wanda in conversation after the serviceCommunity, kinship, clan – big things in Uganda. All gone in UK? Well, Bill got a surprise in a recent church visit to St Mary’s in Hayes, Kent. We know a couple at the church well, from days of old, and went to their son’s wedding at St Mary’s Hayes. Bill lived locally (more…)