Black History Month 2012: Larry D. Bluford, Jr., an Evangelist Comes Full Circle - Page 3
Larry wanted to pay thanks to the man that he believed was a chaplain that visited his cell on his first night.
“A chaplain came to my cell last night, I wanted to tell him thank you.”
The prison guard had told him that the chaplains never visit the cells; the prisoners would have to go and visit him. Years later, it came to him in a revelation what had happened.
“That was an angel that showed up at my cell.”
It was at that moment that Larry knew what he had to do. It was obvious that he was spiritually rushed into what he was destined to do, he might have arrived late but not too late. Larry had work that had to be done, and he is one of the few that could do it.
Today, Larry D. Bluford, Jr. is an evangelist and the President and Founder of Operation T.H.U.G.S. which has the committed to carrying out the mission of uplifting and motivating the un-churched to live for Christ and to be unashamed of the Gospel.
Larry enjoys educating those around him on the power of faith and belief. He recollects a recent time where he was faced with one of the people that caused him to spend five years in prison.
“I was contacted on Facebook last year. The guy had been watching me on Facebook not to my knowledge, and he was seeing all the stuff that I was doing on there. I use the Facebook page as a ministry where I post scripture and other things related to Operation T.H.U.G.S.”
Let this show as another example in which the power of Larry’s faith and spirituality prevailed.
“He said that he wanted what I had. He thought I was faking at first because he didn’t believe that anybody could be that happy. That led to him giving his life to Christ, he apologized to me and asked me to help him get baptized. One of the members of the ministry had convinced me that it would be more powerful if I had done the baptism. He agreed to it and in October 2011 we did it.”
“It was an amazing feeling because it showed me and others watching as the Pastor explained the story before I did it. A lot of Christians believe that forgiveness is an option; forgiveness is a command. When you harbor unforgiveness, it holds you captive. I had already forgiven him before he asked. God gave me peace with the situation. I didn’t come out of this a dope fiend or a gangster seven times worst. I came home to family, a career job and most of all a relationship with God. It didn’t hurt me, it helped me. This all showed the power of forgiveness.”Continued on the next page