Technology continues to impact all our lives. Some for the better, like advances in medicine or enhanced safety. Some for the not so better, like phone chimes during church service or mindless games that waste our time. Lifeline Global’s ministry to the incarcerated and their families is not immune to these advances.
They cannot get into the prisons, so some chaplains are supervising the inmate leaders by phone who have had Malachi Dads. In turn, they are then teaching within the prisons where chaplains cannot get in.
I used to have a boss who started a large, nationwide ministry to urban communities. He argued that the Christian church could be most effective in global evangelism and discipleship if it focused on the large, urban areas of the United States.
The Lord Jesus saved me during the darkest time of my life in prison, and He really gave me hope and freedom even in prison. I was released seven months ago. I knew how to be a Christian in prison but I’ve never been a Christian outside of prison!
This summer, I spent some time with members of our church doing a book study on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. If you have not had a chance to read it, I highly recommend it; especially during these times of isolation due to COVID-19. The piece spells out the importance of Christian community and that we belong to one another through and in Jesus Christ.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the live-streamed event of the Global Leadership Summit with about 150 men serving sentences at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Hutchinson, KS. After not being allowed into prisons or jails around much of the country, it was great to finally get an opportunity to have some fellowship; even if only for a few days/