• Rehabilitating the souls of the imprisoned
By Linda Green

Rehabilitate means to bring a person back to good condition or to teach a person to live a normal and productive life.
For the past seven years, the Rev. John Smalley has worked to rehabilitate the souls of those housed in the McDuffie County Jail so that those temporary inmates could possibly turn their lives around.
Every Monday, he conducts a morning Bible study class for the women and an afternoon class for the men. In those classes, he seeks to convert by giving spiritual directions for success.
“This is my passion,” said Smalley, who is the pastor of Woodlawn Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem. “It is a part of ministry. God gives us different gifts and I have been gifted with the gift of words and the ability to lead people in the direction that they should go.”
Prior to accepting Christ in 1979, Smalley was incarcerated three times for selling alcohol and wrecking his car. He said that he can identify with the men and women who attend his classes. “But I never wanted to be in jail,” the pastor said.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, August 21, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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