Submitted by Sarah on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 21:31.
“I’m sure that God meant for me to be here,” the seminary student told EJUSA National Organizer Heather Beaudoin (pictured, right). Heather had just finished a presentation on the death penalty at last week’s Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference when the student approached her. His mother had been raped and murdered when he was just 11 years old. He’d always supported the death penalty, and he wasn’t planning to come to the EJUSA’s workshop. But he told Heather that just being there helped him release some of his bitterness and anger and opened up a new avenue to finding peace.
The workshop featured Heather along with Billy Moore (pictured, center), a man who spent time on death row before reconciling with the victim’s family. Billy was ultimately released and became an evangelical pastor. His incredible story of redemption touched many others in the room as well. Some were moved to tears. Others stood to share their own experiences with violence, forgiveness, and redemption.