Christian artist Lauren Daigle visited prison to share her amazing God-given talent with the inmates there. But what she didn’t expect was the powerful impact the visit would have on her own heart.
By all counts, award-winning Christian artist Lauren Daigle is at the height of her career. Yet, on Friday, October 5, 2018, the singer decided to take time out of her busy schedule and visit the Statesville Correctional Prison in Crest Hill, Illinois.
Stateville Correctional Center is a maximum-security state prison in Illinois for men and currently houses 3,500 inmates. Lauren was there to share her incredible talent with the prisoners. But as so often happens when serving the Lord, Lauren unexpectedly found the experience to be a profound blessing to her.
Lauren Daigle Visited Prison And Got A Surprise
The acclaimed recording artist took to Facebook afterward to share her experience which she described as beyond what she could articulate.
Lauren Daigle wrote,
“Yesterday was one so unexpected. It was a day that was more than I can articulate. It was a day my eyes had never seen and will never be able to unsee.
We sang songs with inmates whose voices carried deeper into our hearts than the echo of a microphone will ever release. I saw hope in the face of the hopeless, joy in the wake of sorrow, wealth in the gap of depravity, and life in the midst of death.”
“These people have stories, and they also have souls. I watched heaven befriend those who are often forgotten.”
The visit gave the singer a new lease on the gift of freedom many of us take for granted.
“With each day that passes, may I never take for granted what it is to walk around as a free man. I held a bottle of cold coffee upon pulling out of Statesville Correctional Prison. My hand had never remembered that bottle being so cold,” she wrote.
Fan React To Lauren Daigle’s Prison Visit
Lauren had the opportunity to minister to and worship with the inmates at the Illinois prison. She shared highlights from the experience in a moving video which she also posted on Facebook.
One Facebook user named David Gomez responded to the video saying, “Lauren, Having you come to Stateville and sharing your gift with the offenders & staff was an amazing experience! We thank you for your time and the love that you shared. You brought hope to so many and shined a great light in a dark place! You and your crew are truly beautiful souls. Thank you for your visit and please come back if you can. Prayers for you and yours always.”
Another user, Lori Lillard Runions replied to Daigle's post writing, “I am blessed to be a part of a jail ministry. Too often we are judgmental of those incarcerated. Jesus died for them as much as he died for me. Thank you for being such an encouragement in your words, your songs, your actions. God has blessed you tremendously and is working through you.”
And Nydia Pena wrote, “Wow, the presence of the Holy Spirit can be felt through the screen! Lauren, you are amazing! May God continue to use you.”
What a beautiful way to honor God. Well done, Lauren!
WATCH: Lauren Daigle Visited Prison To Worship With Inmates
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” Matthew 25:45
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