Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Prison ministry - anti-drug campaign

In the local prison in Ratchaburi, the prison warden tells us that around 50% of the prisoners who are released from prison, commit further crimes and return to the prison. For some of them, after having been in prison, they are unable to function in regular society and purposely commit crimes in order to return to what they have known inside the prison. For many more, nothing life changing occurred in the prison and they are still the same person, with the same problems and the same way of dealing with them as they were when they went into the prison. A group of men in the Ratchaburi prison however have found hope - hope in Jesus Christ who has made them a new creation. The old has passed away and they have been made new.

We have been teaching the Bible to around 100 men in the prison for almost a year now. One hundred men that come to study the Bible - they want to change - they do not want to leave the prison the same as when then entered it. They have seen the light and they no longer want to live in the darkness.

While a hundred men in a prison studying the Bible is an amazing story, we have felt for some time that this is not all that God wants us to do there. There are 4000 prisoners in this particular prison and we want to bring the message of the Gospel to as many of them as we can.

Along with some friends of ours from the Siam Dream Center in Bangkok, we will be running a Christian anti drug campaign in the form of a concert inside the prison on the 27th of September. The prison is allowing 1000 prisoners to attend - 500 men and 500 women. We are thrilled at the opportunity and excited about what God is going to do on that day.

The event will cost us around 10 000Baht (US$330). If you would like to have a part in helping us bring the Gospel to these men and women, please contact us. If you would like to make a donation online you can do so here. Please make sure to specify that the money is for "prison ministry".

We know that this is a significant event that could change the lives of many of the prisoners forever. God loves each one of them no matter what they have done - His grace is enough for them.

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