Ministry To INMATES
The Power of Studying and Praying the Word
"Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:12-16 NLT
The primary ways in which we use the WORD to strengthen believers in prisons are:
- Chapel services - Equipping them to handle the Word of God rightly.
- Establishing scheduled prayer times that run simultaneously which are covered by inmates, and by members of participating congregations. In this model of prayer, inmates learn to develop the joy found in praying the Scriptures. “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them”. Matthew 18:20 NLT
The Power of Singing the Word
"Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening” Acts. 16:25 NLT
The primary way in which we teach the values of worship to believers in prison are:
- Teaching on worship as a response to encountering God, becoming a way of life. (Colossians 3:16-17)
- Worship Nights - Inviting prisoners to participate in extended times of worship in song lead by Jaye and other friends of the ministry.
- Worship training – Song of Hope endeavors to teach inmates the personal and corporate importance of singing the scriptures as the model of “heaven on earth” (Revelation 4).
Our prayer is that these efforts will persuade inmates that freedom begins before they are released and that the gift of God’s Grace is available to heal them from sin-sickness, will be their strength in making them vibrant witnesses of Christ and His kingdom, and provide hope to their families as the inmates work out their salvation while incarcerated.