Darwin “Hutch” Hutchinson has been in Angola prison for 17 years, becoming incarcerated when his two daughters were 7 and 8 years old. He explains that he hit rock bottom, slipping into trends of selfishness. But it was the spirit of God and the word of God that worked together to break through his hard heart.
During his first Returning Hearts Celebration, his daughters were 14 and 15. It was this event, just one day of the year that encourages them to treasure their relationship as father and daughters. The relationship-building process was not always an easy one. Hutchinson was allowed to send cards to his daughters to maintain communication, but for every dozen cards he sent he would get maybe one response back. It was a bit discouraging, but he was determined to stay firm because he knew, as a Malachi Dad, how important it was to pursue the relationship.
When his youngest daughter turned 21 she was able to freely communicate with him over the phone instead of just through the cards and letters. Hutchinson had sent a birthday card to her for her 21st birthday. He called to ask if she received it and she told him yes, she had, but she was in a dilemma. She had no more room on her wall. Hutchinson didn’t understand. He was certain that only a few of his cards had actually gotten through to her. But not only had she received all his cards had been sending her throughout the years, she was putting them up on her wall and now had run out of room! She still had boxes of cards under her bed. Hutchinson’s face broke into a wide smile when he described the amazement he felt when he found out she had saved the cards.