One evening, in the visitor's lobby of the jail, a young woman walked up to me. "Linda, do you remember me?" she asked.
I scanned my memory for recognition and before I could answer, she filled me in. "I'm Tanya from Block 12. I was in your class last year. I'm going to college now and I'm doing really good!"
She put her arm around the young girl standing next to her. "Honey, this is one of the ladies who took care of mommy when she was away."
The Tanya I remembered bore no resemblance to the beautifully groomed, self-assured young woman who stood before me. A year ago, in our jail ministry class, she looked like all the others, tired, depressed and dressed in orange. What a joy to see her on the outside!
"I came to visit a friend," she said giving me a hug. "I knew you'd be here tonight. It's Wednesday. You always came on Wednesdays. I can't thank you enough."
You're welcome, Tanya. Your success is all the thanks I need.