ONE TIME, I was invited to a prison called “Angola.” This prison housed only the “worst of the worst.” Sorta like Alcatraz 👮
I WAS TOLD that when these men are placed in this prison house – they throw away the key 🔑
BLACK men, make up 80% of those incarcerated – which, I believe, is mostly our society’s fault 🚔
HOW DESPERATE will a person get, if they tell you, “we have thrown away the key. You’ll NEVER get out?!” 🔒
SOME might say that it was “coincidence” that I happened to knock on the door of the man who’s brother was the coach of the New Orleans Saints. Yet, that door opened another, into a world I had never been 🚪
As a CRSB District Representative, I visit the blind💼👥. I find out if the visually challenged read Braille or Large Print📒. If not, we have Audio/Digital 📀💿
Christian Record Services for the BLIND has been publishing since 1899. I get a lot of requests for Bibles 📖. The Braille Bible stands 5 feet tall – about the size of a small woman 📚🔝
Helen KELLER was our most famous client she was both BLIND and DEAF 🙈🙉
There was a movie about Keller’s life. The movie is titled after her teacher, Anne Sullivan. It’s called “The Miracle Worker.” Patty Duke played Keller as a child. Anne Bancroft portrayed Annie Sullivan, an “half blind Yankee girl” [Legally Blind] who I believe was just 18, when she met Hellen Keller.
Ms. Sullivan, along with her brother, had been raised in a “Lazer house” — a home for the poor… that is, THE old, sick and/or dying POOR in the community. SHE WATCHED as her brother succumbed to his illness and died.
See LINK for a RARE 3 minute video on how Hellen Keller learned to actually speak! 🙊 🅰
Braille BIBLES are very expensive. So, I solicit for funds (💲) in the business community to support this work. What made me knock on this man’s front door I do not know 👼. Nevertheless, there I was. And there he was, telling me I NEED to go with him into the DREADED Angola, to see these hardened murderers!
NOW this is not an easy task. I don’t know how it is today, but back then you couldn’t just stroll on in to take a “lookey see” 🚶. No – there are all kinds of problems with any “spur-of-the-moment” type plans. It just doesn’t happen!
It’s impossible folks 🙅. At least for this prison.
AS IT IS, they search your car🚗, they search your person🙎, you have to leave your purse👜, and your “first born” at the front desk 😳.
Well, Mr. “X” (I can’t remember his name) told me he had all kinds of connections😙. I believe him, because we just breezed on through👯. BUT… when I heard those prison bars slam shut behind me (with a man I hardly knew) — well, I can tell you this, I had 2nd thoughts (& 3rd’s & 4th’s &… – oh, you get the idea😰).
NOW I’m not one to be a “scaredy kat” 🙀 – I have nerves of steel, and guts to spare (I grew up with 3 brothers & no sister). They showed me how to throw and catch a football 🏉(if you place your fingers just right, along the seam, you can throw it pretty far, with a nice spin to it) and toss long-stemmed sticker-burrs at my opponents, and taught me how to search for spiders at night with a flash-light 🔦– their eyes shine 👀 (not my brother’s eyes, you silly – the “spider’s eyes”!😜)
OKAY, you get the drift. But, I tell you, it’s different when that prison door slams shut. Though no one could tell it – I was unnerved. However, I kept my cool 🙏(but all the while thinking, “you know, these guys could take me hostage in order to try to make a deal for better prison accommodations, etc, etc”)
YET, there we were, me and Mr. “X”walking down that long, long, long corridor👣 to some mysterious interior holding cell (I imagined). You can imagine my surprise, when we got to some ordinary looking office room. I saw some clean-cut looking guys learning how to BRAILLE type. They were real friendly and courteous👦. So, I thought the least I could do is to be friendly and courteous back to them🙋.
I FOUND that these guys were learning skills. This particular skill they were learning was how to sight read Braille. Then type on a special Brailler, in order to put together books for the Blind.
I was AMAZED. Here they were — Society’s PRISONERS (with MATERIAL barriers) who were learning skills to help the visually CHALLENGED, (with PHYSICAL barriers) many of whom are PRISONERS as well, of this world — both imprisoned , as a result of Satan’s antics.
Yet, for the GLORY of GOD, BOTH would be released from many BARRIERS, through the work of BRAILLE — touched by the HAND of GOD!
🅰 link for Keller Video: http://youtu.be/Gv1uLfF35Uw