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Bernardo was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Although he was just a teenager, he would be living with hardened criminals for the most formative years of his life …
Our partners in his home nation of Angola, Africa, reached out to young people in his prison with the Teen Edition Book of Hope — it was exactly what Bernardo needed: hope for the future! He committed his life to Christ, and began to pray about his tragic situation.
Miraculously, a judge re-heard his case and reduced his sentence to 18 months. Bernardo continued to live for Jesus, grateful that he would be out of prison so much sooner than he had thought.
And when he was released, the local church was there for him, to get him plugged into a faith community and help his entire family come to know Christ as Savior!