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.
From the first 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
What We Believe
As a ministry that works with the incarcerated, we believe that true rehabilitation, at its core,
is a transformation of the heart and spirit, as well as the body and mind.
But such a transformation can only truly last if it is built in a true foundation. Therefore…
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. It is our guide for daily living.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of the lost and sinful men.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit; by His indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. This is where true moral rehabilitation takes place.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. As a community of believers, we welcome our incarcerated brothers and sisters in Christ, into our fellowship.
We believe man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and in that sense is lost; this is true of all men, and except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ who His own Self bore our sins in His own body on the tree; the retribution of the wicked and unbelieving and the reward of the righteous are everlasting and as the reward is conscious, so is the retribution.
We believe man’s chief end in life is to honor and glorify Almighty God.
“We’ve spent years trying to educate the minds of inmates, with little results. Now we understand that we need to start by educating the inmates’ heart. And that’s why we love the Lifeline program... it’s brought results!”
Dr. Ysmael Paniagua, National Director or the New Model Penitentiary System,