ALDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) - It is not often you find Saints in a maximum security prisons. The Saints Prison Ministry consists of athletes who visit correctional facilities to play sports against inmates. The missionaries use sport as a way to help transmit their religious message.
"That is what we are looking for, some type of rope to hold on to," explained inmate John Smith. "And when someone delivers the message and also gives you a little playing time, that's a good thing."
For many of the prisoners, the Saints and the sports, provide a temporary escape from the razor wire that confines them.
"It does give you the feeling that for one brief moment, that you are not a prisoner," said inmate Jammian Crews.
The missionaries can't actually release these inmates from prison. However, through the power of sports, the Saints free the inmates from a feeling of isolation and open their minds to new ideas.
If you start off in a place of darkness that doesn't mean you can't see the light. That doesn't mean you can't come our of darkness and be the light," Smith explained. "I believe in that and that's what they give us."
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