I can’t remember exactly how I met him, but we connected pretty quickly telling fishing stories. He did not have any from the last five years because he had only recently been released from state prison in Jackson, Michigan. He helped me with a few projects, and I helped him move a few things into his new house.

He showed up at our house for a group Bible study and prayer time — twice. Then he stopped. When I asked why, he said it was because he had never been in a house like that (a typical three-bedroom ranch with a picture window; nothing special). He said that it made him nervous. Neither of those quite made sense to me, but I believed him, and he was telling the truth.

Sean Niestrath lives and ministers in Madisonville. You may contact him via email at sean.niestrath@outlook.com.