From committing crimes to empowering leaders
by Leah Allen on November 23, 2015 in great commission
Rick Vasquez found himself on his knees on the floor of his prison cell. His life had reached an all–time low.
By middle school, he was a drug dealer. By age 17, he was in jail and was forming gangs within the prison walls.
But that day, on the floor inside his cell, without a single other presence in the room, a book fell in front of him. He felt compelled to open the book. Unbeknownst to him, opening the book, called the Bible, would come to change his life forever.
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