Kirk and Nicole Tracy have been performing music and comedy together for over twenty years. They have performed as an opening act for countless household names throughout the years such as Sha Na Na, The Drifters, The Spinners, B.J. Thomas, Gary Pucket and the Union Gap, Al Martino, Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Fifth Dimension, The Orleans, Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits), Davy Jones (of The Monkeys) and The Coasters. They created The Good News Review to combine their love of performing with their love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Last Friday and Saturday Nicole and I went to prison. While we were in the Tucson area performing our gospel show (The Good News Review) we took the show to The United States Penitentiary of Tucson and The Federal Correctional Institution of Tucson. We both felt very strongly that if we were going to take our gospel show on the road then we needed to take it to the prisons. This conviction wasn't a very comfortable one. Neither one of us has ever served time, so needless to say when those steel doors closed behind us and we were on our way to the prison chapel I for one was dealing with some pretty heavy anxiety. One observation that I made that was sobering was the fact that everyone had bullet proof vests on except us and the prisoners.
Although, once we reached the chapel everything changed. We were introduced to a group of guys who were ready for some gospel music and some Christian fellowship. We performed our show and were completely overwhelmed as they stood in line to talk with us and share their stories. We hugged and prayed with them. It was incredible. So many of the prisoners told us about finding Christ after incarceration and how fulfilled they were serving the Lord and working for the prison chapel.
As we were leaving the chapel and walking through the yard toward the exit our host from religious services explained to us that this was a maximum security facility and that most of the prisoners were serving life sentences. This was overwhelming to say the least since we felt we were in a safe place being treated with love and respect by fellow believers.
To come home last night and open an email from the mother of a convict who was thanking us for visiting her son and bringing the gospel to the prison was awesome. If anyone is reading this who was thought about a prison ministry or a prison volunteer program......do it! Not only do the prisoners need to be reminded that they are forgiven, loved and still a part of society, but the prison guards and all of the prison workers appreciate the volunteers doing what they do to keep the inmates moral at a place where doing their job is something they can do with ease.
Nicole and I would like to thank all of you who have encouraged and supported us. Performing The Good News Review in churches and in these prison facilities is the most fulfilling thing we have ever done together and we know we are on the right path. We feel humbled and honored to bring these great songs of faith to anyone who wants and needs to hear them. In turn, we are also having the time of our lives! Playing these songs and performing this show has been simply awesome. Thanks again for your love, support and encouragement.