Cathy Caldwell presented a painting of the church from Tyrone Ballew
this past Sunday. It took him two years to complete the project.
It is a beautiful representation of our stunning facility and will
be hung in a prominent place in our church with an explanation
of who painted it and the reason it was given.
This gift was a complete surprise to me.
Cathy wanted it that way.
This gift represents another chapter in a remarkable story
of our relationship with Tyrone Ballew.
Most know that he is incarcerated in Ohio on death row.
He is one of Cathy's former students and she has
maintained a relationship with him while he has
been in prison.
She has engaged several church members to write to
Tyrone and learn of his situation.
He joined the church by proxy through Cathy and Bill Caldwell.
He is one of us, although he has never walked through these doors.
Tyrone continues to be upbeat, to share love and joy with others,
and to hope one day, that his sentence will be reduced due to
actual circumstances which took place in the commission of the crime.
Tyrone gives hope to those of us out walking around in the world,
by having a great attitude and by working to build relationships
while confined in a small cell.
Are you making the most of your life with the freedom
you enjoy each day?
Give thanks for Tyrone and give thanks for all your blessings today.
Moving to the deeper places,