“Uncle Mark, can I pray for us?”
That one meaningful sentence solidified for Mark St. Julien, 30-year-old inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, the message Malachi Dads embodies within his 13-year-old nephew.
Malachi Dads is a program through Awana Lifeline that uses biblical principles to teach reconciliation between incarcerated men and their families.
Every visit as a blessing and opportunity to teach the love of God.
“I want to be a blessing to my nephew,” he says. “He blesses me and I want him to know I appreciate that he prays for me.”
Returning Hearts Celebration, however, gives St. Julien an entire day to minister to his nephews while spending time with them.
The love expressed in Returning Hearts between dads and their children is a vital part of Malachi Dads, which aims to build legacies in families through Christ. St. Julien says watching the seeds he sows in people’s lives grow into something beautiful is a testament to the Gospel message and God’s grace.