Miracle Park

I recently heard about a place in Florida that bills itself as a home for ‘Modern Day Lepers’ people that our society deems unworthy of having a home.

More than 20 states, including Florida, limit where convicted sex offenders can live — keeping them away from schools, parks, and other places where children congregate.

In Miami, dozens of homeless sex offenders live under a bridge becasue there are few, if any, options nearby.  But 90 miles away, there’s a community dedicated to housing sex offenders.

On a recent Sunday Morning, a few dozen men and just a few women gather at a little country church near Pajokee, FL.  They sing, pray, and stand up to testify about the importance of God in their lives.

About the only sign that there’s something unusual about this church comes when it’s time for communion.  Many of the men making their way to the altar are wearing ankle bracelets and electronic monitors on their belts.  This is the church at Miracle Park, a community mostly made up of sex offenders.  Dock Witherow is their pastor.  Standing at the altar, he challenges the congregation, “How many of you were looking for God when you got saved? ”  He laughs, “You didn’t choose God, He chose us.”

Read on for more, there is also an audio story.

I confess this is a subject that has bothered me for some time.  How do we as Christians treat the convicted sex offenders in our midst?  I am not prepared to say that I would welcome them next door to me, but when you have thousands who say the same thing; these people become the Western World’s equivalents of Lepers — we find it safest for our own protection to cast these people out.  This is a remarkable story of one approach to ministering to these people.  Sadly,  I cannot think of another one.

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One Comment on “Miracle Park”

  1. I have been to Miracle Park in Pahokee and it has the potential to be an incredible ministry and life-changing to both individuals and the community. I just pray the church, the community and law-enforcement gets onboard.

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