A gangster and white supremacist becomes a pastor after hearing God’s love from a Christian radio program while inside an isolation prison.
Lowell Ivey was abandoned by his mom at 3-years-old. Hence, he grew up living in the house of different family members. After being adopted by a relative, the young Lowell kept his distance because of his pain and insecurity. He couldn’t grasp the love the family showed him and doubted them. And soon, he turned to drugs and alcohol as a teenager.
Becoming A White Supremacist
Rebellion became Lowell’s way of life. He then joined a gang which led him to commit many crimes. Soon, the teen faced a “17-year-prison sentence for multiple armed robberies.” And while in prison, his rage didn’t stop. It only grew as he joined a white supremacist gang. The sense of power it gave him satisfied him. Soon, the ideology of hatred and dominance became his identity.
Lowell attacked someone inside the prison, leading him to solitary confinement, where he had no choice but to face reality. His sense of control dispersed, and he continued to reject God’s love for him whenever somebody shared it with him.
Encountering God’s Love
Three years later, while inside the isolation prison, Lowell heard preaching from a Christian radio program. The message melted his hardened heart as the Holy Spirit moved.
“That was powerful to me to know that God knew everything about me,” he recounted. “He knew all of my sins. I was beginning to see that God is real. That God is love, that He is forgiving, merciful, and gracious.”
Soon, Lowell realized the weight of all his sins. That’s when the Lord began to change his heart. Lowell fell on his knees and cried out to God, pleading with Him to make him “a new person.”
Watch Lowell’s powerful encounter of God’s love!
Reference | 700 Club Interactive