Volunteer works with prisoners at county jail

July 26, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Name: Robert Revell

Age: 82

Resides in: West Virginia

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: Mount Hope Prison Ministry on Summit Avenue in Hagerstown.

He said he is in his office on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Washington County Sheriff's Department, 500 Western Maryland Parkway, Hagerstown.

"Inmates sign up over the weekend to see me on Tuesdays so they can ask questions and I can minister to them. There is a steady stream of people," he said.


What prompted you to begin volunteering?: "I had visited at the old jail on Jonathan Street to preach to the inmates there when I was younger.

"I heard Mount Hope Prison Ministry was looking for volunteers and since I had known the former director when we were children, I signed up."

Your biggest reward as a volunteer?: "This gives me the ability to talk with people who need my help. I know I'm capable of any sin so I don't look down on anyone."

What impact has volunteering had on your life?: "It is the continuation of a lifelong ministry which has also included a deaf ministry - I learned to sign in college."

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?: "I teach Sunday school at Bethel Assembly of God."

Are you interested in volunteering with Mount Hope Prison Ministry? Call 301-791-2550 and talk to Executive Director Lynn Singleton.

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