I am a singer/songwriter called according to His Purpose, His Kingdom, and His Glory; recording
as "Dewitt Gentry"
I gave my heart to Jesus kneeling in a cold gray prison cell, surrounded by concrete & steel.
It was my third time in prison and I had tried everything the world had to offer in order to fill that void in my life. That
night, Jesus touched me!!!!
At this time in my life, I had been writing, singing, and recording country and southern
rock music for about 10 years. I had never really been involved with church and I had very limited knowledge of Christian
music. So, as God fine tuned my abilities and the Word became more prominent in my life, I began to write my own songs unto
I could provide details of my past that would probably amaze most. For my life was typical of one who might
land in prison three times. But with Jesus, it's not about where you have been, it's about where you are going!!
Jesus can take a shattered past and give it a future! Only Jesus can take a broken, beaten heart and give it hope! Only Jesus
can take an utterly hopeless situation and provide a victory! He can do for you what He has done for me! Praise God!!!!
walked out of prison five years ago for the third and final time. Though my journey since then has been tough, Jesus has been
there for me every step of the way. I have been unable to find descent employment due to my past. Yet, every time there has
been a need, God has provided. Sure, I could put together some slapstick band and make good money playing in bars and clubs,
but I have chosen to use my God given talents for HIS PURPOSE, HIS KINGDOM, AND HIS GLORY! And He is using that which He has
given me to change lives!!
When God give me a song titled 'Don't Make Me Leave You Behind' I never dreamed that I would
receive the tremendous response that I have experienced. I can honestly say that people have given their hearts to Jesus because
of this song. The odd thing is, not only does it tug at hearts of the lost, but it also ministers to and comforts the body
of Christ as well. It has been widely received by both!!!! (Only God can do that!) I give all honor, glory, and praise to
my Father in heaven.
I have this song and many others freely available at:
Reverend Gary L. Laymon
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