The prison population has grown over the last decade, and new correctional facilities are being built. Unfortunately, government budgets haven’t kept up with increasing expenses of incarceration. Prisons are often overcrowded and understaffed. Many are located in outdated buildings with faulty plumbing, poor heating, inadequate ventilation, and no air conditioning.
The comfort and welfare of criminals is not high on the priority list of most tax payers. Nevertheless, the mixture of hot or frigid weather combined with volatile tempera-ments, understaffing, and lack of space can create a recipe for disaster. This has often resulted in prison riots, hostage taking, mutilation, and murder. It can also lead to a situation where inmates escape into the community.
As unappetizing as this may sound, these are the conditions in which many chaplains labor for Christ. They are missionaries in their own country, and they often risk their lives in the hope of reaching into the deep spiritual darkness of sin with the light of the Gospel. It takes a very special love to do this type of work, and there are many discouragements along the way.
But in prison, even in the midst of misery and despair, there are pockets of light, and God is moving greatly in the correctional facilities of this nation! Incarcerated convicts read their Bibles far more often than the general public, and we can’t get Bibles into the prisons fast enough to meet the increasing demand. Our books are a big success, as are our Christian videos, tracts, newsletters, and little Bible booklets. The chaplains have found them to be a very effective tool in spreading the Word of God, especially when there are so few chaplains in the prisons and inmate populations are growing larger yearly.
Prison chaplains go into the front lines of spiritual combat in order to bring the peace and joy of Christ to those whom society has often written off as incorrigible. And they are making progress. For “...The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Matt. 9:37 KJV).
Statistics have proven that religious ser-vices and Christian material definitely make a large dent in the crime rate & recidivism. But, for the most part, prison chaplains receive no funding from the government to buy Bibles or similar Christian literature. And that is why they depend so much on the gifts of private charities, such as Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc.
The lifestyles of inmates can be changed! Salvation through Jesus Christ makes the difference. The letters we receive from chaplains and inmates prove it. Because of this change of heart, inmates are no longer bound by the chains of darkness, but now are living in the light (John 8:12).
Now, what does that mean to you? The American public doesn’t have much love for the incarcerated. Many feel that criminals should be locked up and the keys thrown away. However, the prison population comes from all levels of society and these days virtually anyone could potentially be put into a situation that would result in incarceration.
Therefore, as Christians, we should remem-ber the words of Jesus who said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 KJV).
Christ also said, “I was in prison, and ye
came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee... in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me” (Matthew 25:36-40 KJV).
The majority of inmates will be released one day. Many of them on will receive early paroles. Crime statistics show that approx-imately 31% of them will return to prison.
On the news, reports are constantly given about inmates being released early & then committing hideous crimes of rape, mutila-tion, and murder. Others will commit drug dealing, robbery, assault, car hijackings, etc. This does not have to happen, because Jesus Christ can change these people! Paul stated, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17 KJV). You also can be a part of the Great Commission. By supporting Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc. on a continual basis, you will be helping us to get the Gospel into prisons nationwide.
For as little as $10.00, about four to seven inmates can be reached with Christian literature. Many times, it will be passed on
to other inmates, therefore it could reach even more individuals with the Word of God. A Bible, on the other hand, will cost more and will not usually be passed around. Therefore, $10.00 would help only two to three convicts.
Please be a partner with us. Help us with your prayers and your financial support. Share God’s Word with those who are living in deep spiritual darkness. Not only will you be part of the Great Commission, but you will also help to reduce crime by redirect-
ing the paths of those who will soon be released from the wicked ways of their past to the straight and narrow (Matt. 7:13-14) leading to God. Inmates need your help in order to change their ways, before it’s too late, not only for their own sake, but also for the sake of their next potential victim. You can donate online or by mail by using our pledge form. Thanks and God bless!