LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's a place many wish to never enter, but one East Texas congregation did so willingly. Members of the Priceless Women's Conference took a rare trip inside the Angelina County Jail Thursday morning.
The prayer warriors were armed as they enter the Angelina County jail, not with guns or other weapons of protection, but rather with the word of God.
"They were glad to see that they weren't forgotten about, that somebody still loves them and even though it may be their fault that they're here, that Jesus still loves them and forgives. They need to see that hope," said Teresa Stribling of the Priceless Women's Conference.
A group often shamed for their actions received a special visit Thursday morning from the Priceless Women's Conference, spreading a message of perseverance, from one woman to another.
"All of the things that the Lord has done for us, we wanted to share that with them and give them hope and let them know that there's a great future planned for them too," said Pastor Tammy Holder.
Lots of tears, hugs, and prayers.
A non-judgmental shoulder to cry on, a first for many of these ladies in green.
"I've never been at peace. I've never had any type of peace," said Victoria Burr, an inmate at Angelina County Jail.
Burr, arrested for possession of a controlled substance, was visibly overcome with emotion. Tears, not of pain or hurt she says, but of hope for a brighter future.
"Before I leave this earth, God could you please let me experience what joy and happiness would be like and he told me 'I'm going to give you something than happiness because happiness is but for a moment just joy is forever' and that's what I have now," Burr said.
A rare and brief look on the other side of the law, leaving behind a renewed mindset for these women that there is life beyond these walls.
"It's just like a yellow light. It's a slow down, but you're going to get that green light again. We're in the valley, but we're going to reach the mountaintop, this isn't the end of the road," Burr said.
The group says for their next visit, they plan to bring large-print bibles for the inmates. If you're interested in helping their cause, contact Teresa Stribling at (936) 208-0665.