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Located one hour northwest of Baton Rouge, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is the largest maximum-security prison in the U.S. Over 5,000 inmates reside there. Many are fathers to a collective 20,000 children. Most are serving life sentences with virtually no hope of ever leaving.

The warden in October 2003, Burl Cain invited Awana Co-Founder Art Rorheim and then President/CEO Jack Eggar to speak to the prison's fellowship of Christian men. What they found was inspiring. The inmates recognized their role as spiritual leaders of their families and wanted an evangelism and discipleship program established to reach their children. The Lifeline Global Ministries program was born.

1st From the seed planted at that one prison, Lifeline Global Ministries has grown to include more and more prisons and jails. And from those prisons and jails our programs have now expanded to impact local churches and community-based groups. Why? Because lives are being changed through Jesus Christ.

Children desperately need their fathers and mothers to lead and direct them. And Lifeline Global Ministries is inspiring and equipping men, women, families, churches, and communities to develop godly fathers and mothers regardless of their circumstances.

The Malachi Dads program offers four books that guide inmate fathers to become godly men and fathers. Psalm One-The Blessed Man is a six lesson study written by the Malachi Dads at Angola.

The women's program, Hannah's Gift offers inmate mothers the opportunity to have a spiritual impact on their children's lives following the example of Hannah in 1st Samuel. This program has three books and Psalm 23 that is written by the women at Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women.

Today, Lifeline Global Ministries has Malachi Dads and Hannah’s Gift programs in 220 prisons and jails in the United States and 9 countries.

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Quick Facts About Lifeline Global Ministries

The ministry effort that has become Lifeline Global Ministries launched at Angola Prison in Louisiana in 2004.

To date, over 220 jails or prisons have used our Malachi Dads and Hannah’s Gift programs.

Malachi Dads is based on the vision of reconciliation of fathers and their children found in Malachi 4:6.

The Heart of a Father was the first book in the Malachi Dad curriculum. Check out the Lifeline Global Ministries Online Store to purchase.

Hannah's Gift launched in December 2013. Take a few minutes to watch the video on this program for incarcerated mothers.

Currently, there are five books Malachi Dads books and four Hannah's Gift books available in the Lifeline Global Ministries Store.

Hannah's Gift is based on the book by Dr. Kristi Miller

In July of 2016 Lifeline Global Ministries held the first international Returning Hearts Celebration in the Dominican Republic. Take a few minutes to watch the video.

Looking for a one day mission trip for your church? Check out the Returning Hearts Celebration section for volunteer opportunities!

While this ministry launched from Awana Clubs International, Lifeline Global Ministries is its own nonprofit organization and relies completely on the generosity of donors to sustain the ministry and expand its reach. Click here to make a donation.