Tebow Offers Message of Redemption In Surprise Prison Visit
Tim Tebow brought a message of redemption and compassion when he made a surprise visit to a maximum-security prison.
The unannounced stop with 250 prisoners in Texas happened when an inmate’s father sent a letter to the Tim Tebow Foundation, asking if he’d visit. Tebow offered a message of redemption.
“I told them about their father in Heaven, what He did for them…how Jesus paved the way and that no matter what our past is, God’s love never leaves and He is always with us. We talked and prayed that through a faith in Jesus and His grace, that we could be brothers in Christ,” Tebow told KWTX through a story reported by Fox News.
So grateful to spend time with my new brothers in Christ at Alfred Hughes Unit and encouraging them in the hope that Jesus brings! pic.twitter.com/BwCgXEfiOq
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) October 3, 2019
Tebow made the visit with Duck Dynasty star Jep Robertson, spending nearly five hours there. Tebow called it a “real, authentic, purpose-filled time.”
The visit happened because Tebow had been speaking at a pro-life Care Net banquet in Waco, about 40 minutes from the prison in Gatesville.
“So grateful to spend time with my new brothers in Christ at Alfred Hughes Unit and encouraging them in the hope that Jesus brings!” Tebow shared on his social media platforms.
One observer noted that most of those in the unit with whom Tebow visited were murderers or sex offenders, according to KWTX – none of which deterred Tebow.
“Honestly it’s one of my favorite things to do on this earth,” Tebow told KWTX upon walking out of the prison. “I know it sounds weird, going to a prison, but man I just feel like it’s something God put on my heart a long time ago and he said, ‘Hey, most of the world forgot about them, but you don’t forget.’ So I try not to forget. I try to get with them and share with the hope that we have in our faith, to share encouragement…how they matter to me but more importantly how they matter to God.”