Several weeks ago Keynote’s comedian-ventriloquist David Pendleton performed 8 shows in a “lock down” setting in San Bernardino, CA. Picture him in an open room with metal tables. On the upper deck surrounding him, inmates peered through a tray hole in the glass door of their locked, windowless cells to see and hear the show.
These prisoners are allowed out of their cell only one hour a day into the common area; twenty-three hours every day is spent in those locked cells.
Knowing that personal contact is rare for them, Dave went from cell to cell to speak with each man.
One inmate told him, “I just want out of here.” Dave replied, “I’m here to visit with you if you want to visit.” God opened the door for a natural spiritual conversation which led to the young prisoner inviting Jesus into his life. With tears flowing down both their faces, this new believer pressed his hand to the glass toward Dave and said, “I will never forget this day.”