Tommie Ware’s life changed in 1997 when someone came to his door and shot him because of his ex-wife. The altercation set off a series of events that sent Ware’s life spiraling in the wrong direction, and he soon found himself in trouble with the law and was sent to prison.
The following year, a woman from Cary, N.C., sent Bible studies to Ware. He studied the worksheets and became quite interested in what he was reading, especially the sections on how the Sabbath had been changed throughout history. Since the Sabbath is part of the fourth commandment, Ware began studying the Bible. His aunt was a Seventh-day Adventist, so he asked her about the Sabbath as well. Sometime later Ware came across the book The Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White, and his life was changed again, this time for the better.
Jim Wetmore, head of prison ministries at the Arden Church, met Ware in 2007 and began visiting with him. As a result of Wetmore’s visits, Ware decided to be baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was baptized in 2009 by Jim Hakes, then pastor of the Arden Church.
After 20 years of incarceration, Ware was released from prison in 2017. His Sabbath mornings are now spent greeting members at the Arden Church with a smile. Despite the circumstances that led him to prison, he is thankful that his life was changed, and that God has always had a plan for him.
Carolina | February 2018