This is likely the most important story I’ve had the opportunity to tell with USA TODAY. I am so thankful that John Walton from Awana told me about the Returning Hearts Celebration while we were at the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in March of this year. As soon as he started telling me about the transformation in the lives of the inmates I was hooked. I came back to USA TODAY and pitched the story to the paper and I was able to spend three days at Angola prison in Louisiana and witness the reunion of these men with their children. Many many thanks to Lyndon Azcuna and the whole team at Awana for helping me meet such strong men of faith and conviction. I am so thankful to Randy, Keith, Kyle, and Edward for sharing their story of how their lives were changed by knowing Jesus. Most importantly I want to thank my father, who loved me, guided me, and set a great example for me by living a life of integrity.