Jamesetta F.

Jamesetta F.

LET JUSTICE ROLL DOWN

The Parole Board, a division of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet moved from the Nia Center right next to our church in June. While we minister to those who are reentering back into society from corrections or rehab facilities, we are ministering to those that intentionally want to be part of the church either their confession of faith in Christ or seeking spiritual guidance; whereas we don’t have that necessarily with everybody that is coming to the parole board. So, when I took this picture and I looked at it and thought justice is going to roll down one way or the other, either it will roll down through the judgment of Christ or it will roll down through the justice system. There is not even five feet in between the doors. Our church has been there for a year and a half and we were not asked and had no knowledge that they were going to move in. This would not happen in the East end, but it has happened and we are making the best of it. We are ministering to those as best as we can, but the men and women that we normally minister to are in the church because they choose to be so now we are faced with folks who do not have church on their mind. The positive aspect is that we have another opportunity for evangelism, but the negative aspect is that when you try to do programs/ministries through the day (we just got approved for a senior nutritional program), how are the seniors going to feel around those men and women at the parole board for all types of criminal behavior; are they going to be safe? I would categorize this as a justice issue.