Paul Gray, For
mer Inmate– from reform school to five Penitentiaries in three states– then Christ, a Master’s Degree– and now, giving hope to others–
How Paul found the forgiveness of God. And how Grove found Paul.
This video you are about to click on, below, is 18 minutes long. It was taken with a hand-held camera over 25 years ago. It tells the story in Paul’s own words– first arrested when he was 10 years old; a life of reform schools, and then penitentiaries in Texas, New Jersey, and New York. He was the “toughest of the tough,” serving time in such infamous American prisons as Darrington, Walls, Attica, Albion, and Sing Sing. Then, unexpectedly, Christ did a heart transplant in Paul, exactly as described in Ezekiel 36:26-27, where God says “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit.” After multiple incarcerations, something else happened. Christ changed his heart, and once he was released, he never went to prison again— except to share Christ with the inmates! Hear Paul describe what happened in his own words by watching this video link, provided below.
But let us tell you– a copy of this little video footage was given to Grove by a veteran Kairos volunteer. The veteran had carried this video in his briefcase for years. He said, “Here, Grove, watch this. You can keep it. I’ve seen it many times.” Grove took it home, and late one night, he watched what you are about to see.
After watching this video, Grove could not get the man Paul Gray out of his mind. So over a period of time, late at night, Grove began to search for this Paul Gray on the web. It seemed impossible. Grove remembers, “There were ‘Paul Gray contractors,’ ‘Paul Gray lawyers,’ ‘Paul Gray accountants,’ as well as car dealerships, you name it. But no ‘Paul Gray former inmate who had come to Christ.’ “
After many nights, late one night Grove found a Google-link to a “Paul Gray, Correctional Counselor” in New York. Grove thought, “Hmmmmm. Corrections. Counseling. New York. I’ll give this one a shot.” So he sent an email some time after midnight. The next morning, as Grove drive to the Gulf for a fishing trip with his son, Grove’s cell phone rang. A voice said, “This is Paul Gray.”
And the two connected that Saturday morning.
Grove learned that, after more than twenty-five years, Paul is still doing his best to walk as a believing Son of The God of the Bible. Paul has been into Texas prisons with Grove, and shared his testimony. You’ll be blessed to hear his testimony as a young man, still preserved in this hand-held video, taken some time in the early 80’s.
Paul went to be with the Lord in June of 2011, after a long fight with cancer. He had moved to Texas to work with The Heart of Texas Foundation and Grove was blessed to spend many hours with him during Paul’s final week. His caregivers, Peggy and Jeff Townley of Simonton, Texas, were there with Paul until the end. We will miss him. But his testimony stands.
Then, if you wish, email us at email@example.com. We will make it possible for you to go into a penitentiary as a Kairos volunteer, no strings attached. Just be a servant, and watch what happens. Men and women, too!