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This Man Cried Out To God From His Max Security Prison Cell, Where He Is Now Will Blow You Away

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For many of us, when we think of how God pulled us out of the “miry clay,” it was the darkness of a life with Christ. For others, though, that miry clay is much darker than simply living in spiritual ignorance.

Jermaine Wilson of Leavenworth, Kansas is living proof that when Gods pulls us out from the depths of our sin, He can do so even when we are in quite literally very dark and dirty places. 

Wilson’s life began spiraling out of control at a startlingly young age. At just 11 years old, he says, he “started doing what everybody else was doing: getting into drugs, ripping and running the streets, getting in fights, kicked out of school, ran away from home, and I was incarcerated at 15.”

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When he attempted to escape from juvenile detention, his sentence was raised from two years to four years, meaning Wilson would spend the rest of his teen years behind bars.

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When he was released at age 19, Wilson says he dove headfirst right back into the same life, only now he was selling drugs as well as using them.

Wilson’s love of sin landed him right back behind bars at age 21. This time, the kid gloves were off, and he was doing time in a maximum security wing at Lansing Correctional Facility.

“If I don’t change, it’s either going to be two things that are going to happen: I’m either going to spend the rest of my life in prison or dead in a casket,” Jermaine said, retelling his story to CBS.

It was there, sitting in his cell, that God began a miraculous work in Wilson’s heart.

“That’s when I cried out to God: ‘God, if you’re real, speak to my heart, change my heart,’” Wilson shared with KCUR.

“I knew that I could never go back and change the hands of time, but I knew I could be productive and make a difference by moving forward. I wanted that. I didn’t want to hurt anybody else.”

Right then and there, God flipped the light switch in Wilson’s heart. In prison, Wilson was one criminal among many, but he became set apart the moment God changed his heart.

From there, Wilson says he set his mind to studying, spending every free moment during his time at Lansing studying God’s Word and making plans for the new life awaiting him upon his release.

When Wilson was freed, he went right to work serving the community he once ravaged. He began the nonprofit Unity in the Community Movement, which lifts up and guides at-risk youth, serves homeless people in the area, and aims to strengthen the community’s bond with its law enforcement officers.

In 2015, Wilson’s criminal record was expunged: a clean slate to match his new life in Christ. Not long after, with the encouragement of friends and his wife, Jessica, Wilson took on the next challenge of his life: running for mayor of Leavenworth.

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In January, Wilson won the mayor seat, proving that truly anyone can become an amazing new creation.

“There’s this quote that I always go by: ‘You’ll never know what you are until you’ve encountered what you are not,’” Wilson explained to CBS. “I experienced being someone that I wasn’t created to be. And when I tried the opposite, I succeeded.”

Sometimes, God allows us to become like the prodigal son, wandering away from safety and prosperity to chase the sin we love until it lands us neck-deep in the mud.

“That’s why I’m here, because if that wouldn’t have happened,” he said, “I would have never had the time to think. I would have never had an opportunity to build a relationship with God.”

For Wilson, even his worst moments in his past life demonstrate that God’s hand was on him all along. “I don’t suggest prison,” he quipped, “But one thing I tell you, we all go through a time in our life when we hit rock bottom. When you’re at rock bottom there’s only one other place to go, and that’s up.”

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There are times in every dog owner’s life in which man looks down at beast and wonders just how peculiar and unique this relationship really is. There are no companion animals more attuned to the human existence than our dogs.  (I’m sorry, horse-owners, but y’all come in a close second). These are members of the family who feel a duty and nobility about doing the dirty, animalistic work of the group…no matter the size. In Toronto this week, a young girl and her small dog made big news. An incredibly brave little Yorkie defended its owner, a 10-year-old girl, from a coyote that attacked the pair while out for a neighborhood walk in Toronto this week. The Yorkshire terrier, who the family rescued six years ago, suffered “extremely serious tissue injuries to her spine and her leg,” Dorothy Kwan, 10-year-old Lily Kwan’s mother, wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the veterinarian bills. “You can see our dog putting herself between my daughter and the coyote,” Dorothy Kwan wrote. “Even after she was seriously injured, she continued to bark and chase the coyote away. She fought back.” The entire scene was captured on video: https://youtu.be/qTqXqoqMSWM The underdog yorkie did spend some time in a canine ICU, but returned home after a few days with 40 stitches and one heck of a story.  

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Joey Chestnut’s Gutsy Performance Breaks Another Hot Dog Eating Record

A feat unmatched for Chestnut, who is growing accustomed to the glory.

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One of the 4th of July’s most time-honored traditions may also be one of its zaniest, and this year was no exception. Every Independence Day, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest amazes spectators and onlookers alike, as the larger-than-life characters of the professional eating world take the stage for what is widely considered the ultimate test of their “sport”. And no, this isn’t the rinky-dink affair that you might find at your local frankfurter spot.  The pageantry and fanfare are unparalleled, as evidenced by the introduction afforded to the world’s most prolific hot dog downer. https://twitter.com/espn/status/1411730424913616907?s=20 And, if you thought for one second that Chestnut was going to phone it in in 2021, you’d be dead wrong. Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, while Michelle Lesco took the women’s title. Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That’s one more than he did in setting the men’s record last year, when the contest unfolded without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It just felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, said in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday. “Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good.” Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, downed 30¾ dogs in 10 minutes and called her win “an amazing feeling.” Reigning women’s champ and record-holder Miki Sudo skipped this year because she’s expecting a baby in a few weeks with fellow competitive eater Nick Wehry. https://twitter.com/woodwardsports/status/1412118527214034945?s=20    

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