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A Parish of Prisoners

The English lady came to the United States more than 30 years ago as the bride of an American military officer she met while on a vacation in Spain. It was a very long way, both in miles and in culture, from her hometown, Leigh-on-Sea, just east of London, to Cleveland, Mississippi, where they lived. One of her discoveries was that just down the road was the much-maligned Mississippi prison farm, popularly known as Parchman.

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Singing in Egyptian Jails

The two PCA couples were living in the port city of Alexandria. They lived among Egyptians and not in an expatriate compound. The daily exposure to normal living situations helped them acquire the language. They made some friends in the neighborhood. They wanted to share their faith, but they knew what they could and could not do under Egyptian law.

Crushing Caricatures

Kay James believes in what she is doing. Her fight to “change the law” is based on what she – and her church – believe. She’s comfortable working from within a denomination that stands for the Bible, a theology based on the “whole counsel of God” and thus for the “morals, values, and pro-family interests so important to us.”