Frank and his family faced untold challenges that may not have happened had he not been imprisoned. Instead of being crushed, he clung more closely to God. Frank was determined to remain joyful and would be a front-liner at the jail worship brimming with a smile.
John took an active interest in Frank's case and attended the court hearings when possible. He was deeply disturbed when there were three successive deferments of the hearing. Witnesses gave distorted testimonies and no one showed up for Frank's defense. The judge had to declare one last hearing date if the defense did not present a witness. The outlook was very bleak. John felt more had to be done. Boy Tambule, a freed inmate and whose own jail story is inspiring worked on tracking down a witness who could credibly testify to support the innocence of Frank. This was evidently vital in the court's decision to free Frank early this June.
What if John had not been coming to Payatas, or to the jail? What if Fr. Paul had not reached out to the family of Frank in Payatas? What if Frank turned his back on the Lord and did not want to attend the jail ministry group? What if there was no Boy Tambule to track down witnesses? What if no one wanted to serve in the jail ministry? The Lord's providence was there all along, the power of prayer and His blessing on the work of those who labor in the vineyard cannot be denied. What's essential is that Frank knows that it was the Lord who saved him. Since being freed, Frank together with Boy has been eager to join the jail ministry to share his faith and encourage his ex-fellow inmates.
After losing five years to jail time, Frank now needs to rebuild his livelihood. He wants to resume working on appliance repair and needs help. He repairs electric fans, washing machines, electric irons, electric stoves, rice cookers, dispensers, oven toasters, hot water pots, slow cookers, blenders etc. If you have have any small appliance to donate or in need of repair please bring them to any papemelroti branch.
If the message of Isaiah 58:6 speaks to you and you are interested to support the LNP NS Jail Ministry in some way, you may contact me.