Interviews

Interviews Introduction

interview1At the bottom of the Interviews page is my very first interview with Jody Webber.  I was very excited to share it with you because it is so much more than just an interview. It was my first attempt to bring the outside in; to show the humanity that lies trapped behind the steel, brick and mortar. Most importantly, it was my first attempt to show human value that exists within a so-called criminal; not just the value that society may or may not see, but the value that our Lord Jesus Christ sees.

I, being just a man, cannot express in words the full measure of our Lord’s love for mankind. My hope is that I can at least offer a glimpse. My dream is to show you that though we may be convicts, we are still men with the same hopes, dreams and feelings as those of you on the outside. Many of us love God with all of our hearts and we have complete faith in His will.

One of the problems with the prison system as it is, is that it separates people from society – which means it also separates brothers and sisters in Christ from each other. I pray that in some small way God will use me and others to bridge the gap.

Randal Aube

This is Part 6, the final interview in our 6-part series.
Please pray for Randy as he continues to grow in the Lord.

In addition to the interview, Randy has submitted two writings:
“I Have Started New”
and
 “The Source Of Light Straight Ahead At The Crossroad Of Life”   .


Q1: Tell me a bit about your background, your age, where you grew up – that sort of thing.

My name is Randal Aube.  I go by the name Randy.  I am 38 years old.  I grew up in downtown Lewiston, Maine.  I was married for 2 years.  I have 7 kids – 4 of my own and 3 step kids.

Q2: Tell me about your jail history; such as, how old you were when you were first incarcerated and how many years you have done in your life. I do not need to know what brought you to prison unless you would like to share.

My first time ever going to jail was in 1995.  It was for criminal mischief, a misdemeanor at 19 years old.  My second arrest was in 2001 at 25 years old.  It was for assault, another misdemeanor.  This time makes my third time (at 38 years old).  I cannot talk about it now because my attorney told me not to.

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Jeromy C. Merchant

This is Part 5 of our 6-part interview series.  Please pray for Jeromy as he continues to grow in the Lord.


I grew up in a small town, named Livermore Falls, in the state of Maine since I was about seven years old.  Before that most stuff is a blur so I am not sure the order of it or if some of it is even real.  I have an older sister by two years.  We had a rocky relationship growing up and still have not mended it.  My mother was a stay at home mom that ran a bakery business out of the house and occasionally worked at restaurants as the cook.  My biological father and mother got divorced when I was about one.  I have a step father that has been there since and I consider him to be my dad.  He worked a steady job all my life to support our family.  He is and always has been the essence of a REAL man.  I suffered a great deal of bullying while growing up in Livermore Falls.  Around the age of thirteen, I finally started to fight back and I had a real “knack” for it.  So, naturally, I ended up getting into trouble ’cause of it.

I was never incarcerated until I was eighteen.  Now I am thirty-four and still in lock-up.  I served about a total of twelve years for an assortment of crimes ranging from simple assault to elevated aggravated assault.  I have gun charges, thefts, burglary, domestic violence and even a kidnapping charge.  I have served a sentence in Texas Penitentiary and been locked up in all of the Maine DOC facilities. (more…)

Ryan McLaughlin

This is Part 4 of our 6-part interview series.  This is given by Ryan McLaughlin, who is still seeking the Lord.  Please pray for him.


Listen, I’m not really sure how to tell this story. I grew up surrounded by a strong Irish family that had me in church from day one. My grandfather helped build the church that I still go to, the same church my four year old daughter and infant son go to, but in the last year, I have been away from the church and away from my family. None of this time away from either one has been a choice I made knowingly, but was still a choice I made out of desperation, not knowing it would end up with me writing this letter for a friend while waiting to go to federal prison. Going to church every Sunday wasn’t enough. You see, I know the Word of God and I’ve listened to sermons and been there for sunrise services. But, knowing the Word is not the same as living for God. It’s not enough just to stand and watch others. God wants action in our life.   (more…)

Anonymous Testimony

This is Part 3 of our 6-part interview series.  This inmate has requested to remain anonymous at this time.


Hi.  I am thirty-one years old from Pasadena, California.  I have made more mistakes than I can count.  Recently, I was arrested for a drug-related crime.  I never actually considered the impact my actions had on other people.  I felt that my mistakes or choices affected me and me alone, but I was wrong.  Well, over the last 3 years I have been inmate number ####, housed at the Somerset County Jail. This is not my first trip to jail, but this time is a lot different. I could tell you it’s different because I am looking at doing 25 years in federal prison, but that is not the reason (more…)

Wayne Boulier Jr.

Dear Readers,
This is Part 2 of our 6-part series.  Wayne and I have never met, but we share a common bond.  We love Jesus.  Wayne seems to be genuinely seeking the Lord.  Please pray for Wayne, brothers and sisters.  From the tone of his letter it seems he needs all the love and support he can get.  I pray that the Lord will be allowed by Wayne to continue his transformation. The Lord can transform anyone, but we must accept His love and salvation with our whole heart.  May God Bless and Keep You.
Love In Christ,  Randall

[ The following is a testimony submitted with permission from Wayne Boulier Jr. (34 yrs old) ]

I was born in New Britain Connecticut, on July 14th, 1980. Although I was raised in a home where both of my parents worked full time and made a middle class income, my family structure was plagued by alcoholism and violence. (more…)

James Footman

Dear Readers,

This week we will begin a series of letters, lyrics and interviews provided by six inmates from various facilities throughout Maine. All of them are seeking the Lord. All of them are broken men in need of love, prayer and support. As you read their writings, I pray you keep an open mind. I pray you look past their sins and see their humanity. I am praying for all these men and I hope you will as well.

I have chosen to begin this series with song lyrics by a young man named James Footman:
“The Book Of My Life”   and   “Set Me Free”   .  When I read his lyrics, my heart broke for him. (more…)

Deborah Jacobs

deborahjacobsphotoThis interview is a very special one for me. It was an honor to interview one of my mentors. I have met a lot of good Christians during my journey. All of them have been very encouraging to me. I have known Deborah for over a year now. We met at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta. As with all people I encounter, I was very skeptical of her at first. She did not recognize me at first and I did not tell her why I was in jail. It had been a year since I had turned myself in. So, many people in Augusta did not realize who I was. Eventually, Deborah and I built a great rapport and forged a real friendship. The more I got to know her, the more I realized what an amazing person she truly is. The Lord is truly working through her. You can see his hand in everything she does and yet she is so humble. She and some other volunteers have helped me to realize that there are truly good and wonderful people in this world. I cannot stress how important it is to an inmate (or any sinner for that matter) to see that there are truly good and kind people who love them because God loves them.

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A Young Man Seeks God

Dear Readers:
One of the most wonderful things that I have ever experienced happened recently.  I was on the rec yard speaking with another inmate when a young man approached and joined our conversation.  The other inmate I was speaking with is also a believer.  We were discussing God and talking about prayer.  All of a sudden, the young man spoke up.  He said, “I would like to get to know God.  I have a bible but I don’t know where to begin.”  Immediately I felt butterflies in my stomach.  I knew the Lord had chosen me to be a witness to the young man.  I said, “The gospel of John is the best place to start, brother.”  I told him about some of the things the Lord has done for me. (more…)

Jody Webber

Interview with Jody Webber on 8/30/2013 at PCJ, Bangor, Maine:

When I first met Jody Webber, I saw God in his eyes. I could sense the Holy Spirit in him. It wasn’t long after meeting him that I knew I wanted to get some of his story on paper. Jody and I were roommates for a short while. During our time together we got to know each other through a series of conversations. I learned that brother Jody is a beautiful artist. I know him to be kind and generous. Like all men, Jody struggles with sin. One can see when you talk to him that he desires to do right by God. I pray that he continues to grow in the Lord and allows Jesus to break the chains that have bound him to the vicious cycle he has been trapped in. (more…)