Answered prayers...at last
Shawn's grandmother prayed for him when he was young. She took him to church, hoping he would avoid the troubles many children in his neighborhood fell prey to.
But like many others, Shawn was drawn to the "fun" the other kids were having on the street. At age 12, he was already drinking alcohol. Things went downhill from there. At age 18, when he should have been graduating high school and looking to the future, Shawn was locked up in prison for aggravated robbery. Day after day he sat behind bars as the hours dragged by.
After his release, Shawn worked in a furniture store. He was doing well until he fell in love. "Things went crazy," he says. He lost his job and found himself incarcerated, time after time. With no hope for his future, Shawn considered suicide. But God had other plans for him. A psychiatric hospital sent Shawn to Little Rock Compassion Center.
After so many years in prison, Shawn was very argumentative and defensive. As he was treated with dignity and kindness, he realized he needed to change. What's more, he learned what it takes to change - a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Today, Shawn regularly attends chapel services and enjoys Bible studies. He is becoming more a part of the family here at the Little Rock Compassion Center, helping out wherever he is needed.
Most importantly, Shawn is finally free of the troubles that led him astray when he was young. "I feel this is where I need to be," he says.
At last, his grandmother's prayers are answered.