Pam's Prayer Group Is Changing Lives
"I've just kind of learned from my life that praying for your children is something that's important."
Pam Reding loves children and religion. She and her husband have adopted four children.
It hit her one day that prison moms and their children could benefit from prayer, so she started a prayer group.
Every Tuesday they step behind the bars at the Payne County Jail.
"We pray together as moms for our kids."
Simone' Eatmon was one of the first volunteers from Life Group to join. She says all moms want the same for their children.
"Praying for them to be covered and protected in their absence, praying for their children to forgive them and reconcile with them," she said.
Reding says most of the moms she prays with and prays for are in jail because of drug problems. They have low self-esteem and lose control of their lives.
"I think the greatest need is just being told that they're loved, and they're worthy, and they're worth something," she said. "And they're important and significant."
That's what Paula Coe needed. Her life was a mess when she was arrested in November.
"It was not a very pretty sight," Coe said when referring to her booking photo. "I didn't even recognize myself."
Coe was a 92 pound drug addict with two prior stints in prison. She thought her life had come to an end.
"I was suicidal when I came in," she said. "I finally told somebody that I had suicidal tendencies and thoughts."
The one person Coe chose to tell is her one and only daughter.
"She's my best friend, she's the one I need to tell most of my secrets to."
Her confession eventually led to incarceration. She was placed on suicide watch and constantly monitored.
When asked if she remembered the first time they came to her cell to pray, Coe replied, "they pulled me out of suicide watch to talk to me."
It was Pam's prayer group with Bibles in hand and prayer sheets to pass out that kept Coe from harming herself.
"Just getting it out there kind of helped me not fall into it," she said when referring to suicide.
Coe is hoping prayer will mend her relationship with her daughter, and says she and the other female inmates now look forward to Tuesdays and prayers with Pam.
"Thank God and Pam for all her prayers," she said. "And all the ladies, every volunteer that comes up here."
If you'd like to learn more about Pam's prayer group please click here.
The group is associated with "Moms In Prayers International."