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“The Only Book Available Was the One by Nicky Cruz”

May, 2023 | Prison Ministry

I have always been familiar with the idea of God, but I did not fully understand the truth and the story of what He sacrificed for our salvation from the sins we have committed. In 2019, while I was in prison when my journey to faith started to unfold.

At that time, I was at Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP), and I was praying to an idol called La Santa Muerte. A man gave me a book called “Run, Baby, Run” by Nicky Cruz. However, I did not pay much attention to the book. It was not until almost three years later that something changed.

During those three years, I was caught up in assault, drug use, and other negative behaviors. But one day, when I was placed in solitary confinement for being drunk, the only book available to me was the one by Nicky Cruz. I decided to read it, and I was attracted by how God worked miracles to bring Nicky Cruz to Jesus and the transformation Jesus brought into his life.

Despite this newfound fascination, I continued to pray to La Santa Muerte, and my life continued to spiral downwards. However, one day, I reached out to God and prayed for Him to bring about changes in my life, just as He did for Nicky Cruz. Unfortunately, I made poor choices that led me back to CSP, the same place where I received the book, and another altercation landed me in solitary confinement once again.

During my time in solitary, I reread the book by Nicky Cruz, and on that day, I made the decision to give my life to God. I stopped praying to La Santa Muerte and began my journey and relationship with Jesus. Although my life has not been perfect since then, God continues to work in me and bring about healing. I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to be baptized and continue walking with Jesus while He heals me so my life can better reflect His.

—Ryan*, Prisoner in Fremont County

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