In her own words, Joya Leyba Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center inmate
I was incarcerated at the age of 11 in the juvenile detention center. I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. I was miserable, lost and had no peace or rest in my soul. Our Lord and Savior had His eye on me and sent mighty warriors out. Chaplain Gina Jansen is one of many! Their prayers were heard (Psalm 34:15). Although it took time and pain, God heard and responded. My life was like a wrecked ship lost at sea drowning in sin. At 17, I was in a dangerous relationship with a much older man and that’s when I had my breakthrough! The devil had a grip but God’s grip was stronger. One day I was prompted to walk away. I felt something inside leading me. I was led home to my Dad’s. We lived in a room the size of a jail cell. We talked and I cried, I remember reaching for the roll of tissue on our purple T.V. stand and Dad asking if he could read me a tract titled “The Father’s Love Letter,” I agreed. He read and I cried. Ladies, I did not know I had a Father in heaven like that! I encourage “everybody” to read this letter that changed my heart and mind. My Dad said something like this is the best thing I can give you on this earth. That was the love of Jesus. He is our Great Physician; He is our remedy for sin. The Lamb of God who was crucified for all men and He wills that none perish but that all be saved. There is not a thing you have done that is too big. He is ready to forgive. Why won’t you place your hand in His and receive the forgiveness of sins? I pray for a change in your heart and mind. That’s what it took to save my life! I will never forget the joy in my Dad’s eyes when I agreed and received Christ! The Bible has come alive; Christ is alive in me and His love has set me free! He met me in my pain and affliction; to Him I lift my hands and praise, for He has delivered me from my addictions. Hallelujah! We stumble as Christians but praise God we fall to the cross.
Thank you Lord Jesus