DWCRC - Dakota Women's Correctional & Rehabilitation Center
A.A. I first heard of the Bible study at DWCRC on Wednesday October 8, 2014 from a wonderful church lady I met at Ward County Jail. That was the day I had my sentencing hearing and I had just been sentenced quite severely and was trying to hold myself together. These two sweet church ladies came to my cell to share their sorrow and to comfort me. I was told that when I finally arrived at DWCRC that I needed to attend Renee Zahns Bible Study, which at the time was every other Saturday. When I had the first opportunity to attend, I went and have been blessed beyond ever since. Renee is down to earth, as real as you get. She is friendly, out-going and, most of all, she loves Jesus and the Bible. Every lesson we have is in depth and on our level. If there is ever any confusion, she is patient and explains things clearly and thoroughly. She does not pretend to be above us inmates, she is not judgmental and she does not pretend that life is perfect for herself. She lives the lessons she teaches. God uses Renee in a powerful and loving way. One of the many things I have learned is when I read my Bible and it mentions where someone is travelling, I look at the maps in the back of my Bible to try to visualize these travels. This has helped me grow in my personal studies as well. I will always be grateful and blessed for this Bible Study.
T.S. I have known Renee for many years. I got to DWCRC in 2008 and have been going to Bible Study ever since. She is one anointed woman! God makes her live out her faith every day. She is very wise in her ways and she causes us to see life from a different perspective . I have grown to deeply love and respect her and her Biblical knowledge. It is my honor to be able to call her my friend. Her ministry has changed my life in such a way that I cannot go the rest of my life the same way that I started out. She keeps it real and I love that about her. She is a very refreshing person and she is funny. It is a very good idea to go to her Bible Study because you will never be the same.
W.G. This Bible study has kept me going when I did not think I had anything left. Renee has helped me hold on to my hope, faith and trust. God has truly spoken to us through such an amazing, faithful, joyous woman. Thank God for Renee! She has made my 13 year sentence tolerable and has brought light to such a dark, lonely, sad, hard place. She has inspired me, taught me and encouraged me when I had nothing left. When I leave here I will go out and serve the Lord right next to her joyfully.
A.H. Bible Study has given me hope! Renee is such a wonderful woman with an amazing testimony. She has such a real story that makes her so easy to relate to. I have always been a Christian, but since coming to Bible Study I have grown so much in my faith. The number one thing I have learned is that God will always provide a way. If God brings us to something, he will make a way for us to get through it. I have learned not to feel ashamed because of my past. It helped me to remember that God has a plan for me, a plan for the future.