In a small provincial town in Zambia a Kiwi doctor, David Friend, visits men in the local prison, and has become a leading part of the ministry to draw them to Christ and away from a life of crime through Christian education. This project also fulfills the Biblical command to visit those in prison and show them love, helping them with life skills to reduce re-offending. At present, apart from some church visiting, there is no significant input in their lives. Yet there is much scope for reaching out to these prisoners; David has a good relationship with the prison service, who give great freedom of access and encouragement to undertake whatever help is possible. A relationship has also been built with another prison, especially the women’s section there.
A senior prison officer told David, “We have come to realise, that no amount of hard labour can change the heart of a man, only the Word of God can.” David has found a huge spiritual hunger amongst the prisoners. Besides pastoral input, there are huge practical needs: Few prisoners get any visitors at all as many are sent there from far away. Not only do they need vocational and literacy training and rehabilitation coaching, but simple everyday items such as soap, toilet paper, mosquito netting, notebooks and pens. Even sandals, which only some have. Or the bus fare to get back home when they are released. The prison authorities have no money for teachers, and find it a challenge to maintain adequate clean water and sewage.
So the prison ministry is assisting where it can. With your help. This is the only SIM office promoting this project.
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