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Though so much of the recognition the Chaplain Division receives at the Benton County Sheriff's Offic is because of the impact the jail ministers have in the Detention Center, chaplains are actively working with deputies, providing emotional and spiritual support.  Such is the case with former Deputy Barry Riggs, who now oversees a ministry in eastern Oklahoma, serving troubled teenagers.  Barry is an Iraqi war veteran who, like so many who served in the Middle East, was suffering from PTSD.  He said in a recent interview that, had it not been for the chaplains who ministered to him and gave him hope that he might very well not be around today.  Here is Barry's story:



The BCSO Chaplain Division responds when tragedy strikes.  In May 2020 the call for a chaplain was responded to.  A Rogers AR man had fallen overboard in Beaver Lake,, and the family was waiting anxiously for a word from the BCSO Dive Team.  Here's Michele's testimony:



It's amazing to hear the stories of how Jesus Christ is changing lives in the Benton County Detention Center.  Unfortunately, we can't take a microphone or camera into the jail so you can hear the testimonies there, but we can tell you of some of them, and share video testimonies of former prisoners at the jail.

"I've been incarcerated many times, but this time I was rescued!"

"For the first time in my life I know somebody loves me.  My parents didn't love me; my boyfriends didn't love me.  But, I know Jesus loves me."

"I thank God that I was arrested.  I'm clean and in love with Jesus."

Click on the pictures to see these testimonies:




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