Wedding at Trollwood Park Thursday all about second chances
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A wedding at Trollwood Park tonight was all about second chances.
The faith-based Jail Chaplains program at the Cass County Jail hosted the ceremony for one of their returning citizens.
James Williams and Sawain Zahir met in Fargo five years ago - Sawain says she knew immediately that James was the one.
But trouble and substance abuse came between them - James served time in Cass County Jail.
Now, they say having God in their lives has changed everything.
They're the sights we've come to expect at a wedding.
A cake, a nervous groom, and a beautiful bride walking down the aisle.
But this joyful celebration came from hardship.
Chaplain Sonju: "I met James in jail."
The groom - James Williams - is part of the jail chaplains program: a faith-based mentorship program in the Cass County Jail offering inmates hope.
When James met Sawain Zahir five years ago, they were in a darker place.
Sawain Zahir/Bride: "We didn't have God in our lives, we had many bumps, many mistakes."
James Williams/Groom/Former Inmate: "I would drink and become a different person - I would take off."
One day, James was pulled over for DUI. He had no drivers' license, and was carrying a knife.
He served time in Cass County Jail.
There, he became involved with the jail chaplains - which he says turned his life around.
James: "I'm living proof that even the most evil of us can change through Jesus Christ. If you just pray, what do you have to lose?"
Sawain: "Having God in our life has changed everything."
Now, the newlyweds are celebrating not only their marriage, but their renewed hope.
They look forward to their new life together - and raising their 3-year-old daughter, Sonya.
James: "it's just an exciting day. I'm a lucky man married to a beautiful woman."
Sawain: "This is such a blessing, but what I was looking forward to most is having God bless our family."
Everything needed to make today's wedding possible was donated.
They included the festivities with the Jail Chaplain's annual picnic.