Hummel also speaks of what we can learn from those who do not have the option to take anything for granted. Many of us lead lives that do not allow us time to continuously worship God as much as we should, but inside, prisoners dedicate themselves to a life of worship. Hummel stated she found herself, “Rejoicing because of realization of how much more we should worship the love of God.” This allows you to reflect on how much time you give to God and realize you can learn a lot from those you would not expect, including the prisoners.
Zoe Heemstra, also a Justice and Service Coordinator at NW, speaks of prison ministry on a more personal level. “Students often leave prison visits feeling more impacted by the inmates and the experience than they ever expected,” said Heemstra. “Meeting real people that have a passion for the gospel in such a different situation than what the students are used to is eye-opening and often humbling.” For those who find themselves leading relatively comfortable lives, it opens the opportunity to view the art of worship through a different lens.
Prison ministry is a beautiful experience and an amazing opportunity. This form of ministry allows you to immerse yourself in a different environment and form relationships you never would have otherwise. NW has made a huge impact in the lives of those they visit and will continue to for the foreseeable future.