All three went to prison as teenagers, serving life sentences, never thinking that they would leave, but through the work of the Yokefellows’ prison ministry they testify to lives changed through placing their trust in God.
Doug Hollis shared how he had grown up in the church.
“My mom took us to church…we were church-going people,” Hollis said.
“However I was a dumb kid. I didn’t stay in the church,” he added.
Speaking to members of the Yokefellows who were in Williamsport for a statewide convention, Hollis compared his life to the Biblical character Jonah, who tried to run from God rather than do what God had asked him to do.
“I was running, but God put me in a prison cell and set me down until I cried out to Him,” he said.
In 1971 when John Freddie Nole entered Graterford Prison, located just northwest of Philadelphia, he described it as a “very dark place.”