From Pitiful to Compassionate

Domingo Rodriguez was in the gutter in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and his own children were begging for food on the streets. Because he had stopped paying alimony, he ended up in jail, sleeping on the floor. He promised the Lord that if He freed him, he would go back into prisons to minister.FromPitifultoCompassionate2

Domingo not only visits inmates in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but he also holds Bible studies and meetings, offers inmates a Bible correspondence course, and counsels them. He often calls on his favorite Bible verse, 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”

“I’m a new man,” he says. His message to the inmates is that they too can become new. About 15 to 20 inmates accept that offer each month and begin new relationships with Jesus Christ.

While many would be afraid inside a maximum security prison, Domingo carries himself with confidence. God has not given him a spirit of fear, he says.

“I have security. I have confidence in the Lord. I know where I’m going. They’re my brothers.”

Domingo acts on his belief by treating inmates as he would family members. He befriended one inmate whose wife was about to give birth. Domingo visited the wife and gave her food; he later delivered the happy news to his “brother” that he now had a baby girl. The inmate has since accepted Christ, and his family is attending church.

“That’s my goal,” Domingo says. “I don’t only want to reach the convict, but the family.”

by Robert Mitchell

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