I am pleased to welcome Trish Jenkins–all the way from Brisbane, Australia–to my blog today, and I highly recommend that you read her book. It will encourage you to see that God is alive and well, even inside prison. It will spur you to minister to “the least of these.”
FREEDOM ON THE INSIDE
Prison was not on the “Goal Chart” of entrepreneur Trish Jenkins. A breach of the Corporations Act meant losing her multi-million dollar portfolio, including her family home.
It also meant Trish served 8 months in prison.
Isolated from her husband and 3 little girls, living among Queensland’s most dangerous criminals, Trish could have succumbed to despair.
Refusing to give in to self-pity, Trish answered a new calling to make a difference in the lives around her. In doing so she found a different kind of freedom and healing.
Real and raw, these pages are better than a memoir; made up of letters, personal journaling and hindsight.
“I assumed I would be a model prisoner because I was a Christian. So how did I get into so much trouble, so often, yet with the best of intentions?”
FAITH TO OVERCOME
Living with murderers, drug dealers, frauds and broken humanity, her prayers for deliverance were not answered the way she expected. Instead the Lord delivered her “through the fire…” Prison was not part of Trish Jenkins’ ministry plans but it happened. Conned by a fraud and a breach of the Corporations Act meant losing her multi-million dollar portfolio, including her family home. It also meant this Australian mother served 8 months in prison, isolated from her husband and 3 little girls.
TREASURE IS FOUND IN DARK PLACES
Instead of succumbing to despair and self-pity, Trish chose to believe the Word of God and in doing so, she introduced many other prisoners to Christ. In the darkness, Trish found keys to freedom and courage and a deeper walk with the Holy Spirit.
Trish felt compelled to record everything she experienced. She wrote letters to her family and friends by writing letters to her husband, who then copied the letter to an email that went out to a list that grew rapidly. Those emails went viral and Trish’s readers shared her journey with her. What she couldn’t put in letters due to their sensitive nature, she wrote in a private journal.
From stories of winning over bullies, to the despair of persecution for her faith, Trish shares her journey with warmth and candour.
Today Trish shares her hard-won “Treasures” as an entertaining, insightful speaker and author, inspiring audiences to be courageous in all circumstances. Ministering effectively to both Christian and secular audiences, she is warm, compassionate and funny! Today, as a well-respected international speaker and author, Trish’s heart-felt and inspirational story filled with practical advice is re-igniting fire and faith in the hearts of her audiences.
Trish and her family were reunited and today are all active members of Citipointe Church, Australia.
I was honored to be able to interview Trish Jenkins. How cool is it that she in Brisbane and I in Waterloo, Illinois could chat together! We come from totally different situations but we are daughters of the same King.
Review of Treasures of Darkness by Trish Jenkins
by Deborah Heal
I suppose the average Christian believes that he/she could never end up in prison. But what if you did? And not because you live in some place where Christians are persecuted, but because you were actually guilty of a crime?
Through the letters to her husband and friends, Trish Jenkins gives us us a painfully honest inside look at the darkness and shame of her incarceration in an Australian prison. She says:
I’ve watched countless courtroom dramas and even performed jury duty, but nothing prepared me for sitting in the “dock,” as a criminal. I thought, ‘This must be what Judgment Day will feel like for those who don’t know Christ. . .
I have lost the right to personal dignity. I practice submission on a level that degrades me, yet I must play the game. We are treated like naughty children, at a cold, callous boarding school, without the respect. Is my pride so great? Why is this stripping of my self-respect so hard to accept?
I just watched several episodes of the popular new Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” the week
before I read Treasures of Darkness. (I don’t believe in coincidences!) The show is similar to the book in that it is based on the real life experiences of a wealthy, middle class white woman’s prison experiences among prostitutes, murderers, and thieves. I found it too depressing to continue watching, and so I was a bit reluctant at first to read Treasures of Darkness.
But I’m so glad I did, because it is much more than a description of the darkness. Trish Jenkins was determined to have the right attitude about her incarceration so that the experience “wouldn’t be wasted.” She held on to the biblical promise that God is able to make “all things work together for good,” even in prison.
God gave her a love for the women around her (Shockingly, 96% of them had been sexually abused as children) that translated into an effective and fruitful ministry during her time there. Jenkins tells us:
Some people dismiss “jail house” religion as insincere. Sometimes it is. However, sometimes it takes prison to get someone still long enough to listen to the Lord calling them. He meets us in our darkest hour. Of course, He is in the prisons. His presence is very powerful here.
May the fear of the Lord come upon you, so there is no need for Him to take drastic action to get your attention! Is life tough for you right now? Maybe “life” is trying to talk to you. Beware of being too “busy” to listen.
I highly recommend Trish’s book to you. Get it here.
Connect With Trish
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