Dozens of inmates baptized during jail ceremony

DURHAM, NC (WCMH) — Surrounded by sounds of praise, applause and worship music, dozens of inmates were baptized at a North Carolina jail.

According to WTVD, the ceremony was all due to a request by one inmate.

Reginald Minor, 38, was in jail because of an assault charge, but he says something drew him to ask for the baptizing.

“My salvation,” he said. “Life is just too short now. Tomorrow’s never promised.”

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews had normally accommodated a ceremonial sprinkling for requested baptisms, but the memories of a near-fatal crash made him want to do more for the inmates.

“When I went to the hospital, there was one person that I called out to- that I wanted to save me,” he told WTVD, pausing to fight back tears. “And that was answered. So, I have compassion for people.”

So after months of planning, two above ground swimming pools were brought to the jail and inmate after inmate were baptized. A total of 39 inmates took part in the ceremony.

After each baptism, Andrews was there to shake the inmate’s hand and provide them with a small bible.

“If this makes a difference for one or two people, we’ve done the right thing,” he said.

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