"I was in prison and you came to visit me ... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:36, 40
The world uses prison as a physical punishment, but God can use confinement for refinement and focus on Him.
Most of the men in the prison we visit are there for a reason: they have been convicted of committing a crime. Hitting rock bottom is often what pushes many offenders to take an honest look at their lives and cry out to God for mercy. And God is ready to give it. Mercy isn't just for those outside of prison walls, just as sinfulness isn't just for those who are inside those walls. Mercy is needed for all of us. We all know what it’s like to be in bondage to be imprisoned by our sin and foolishness apart from Christ. We are truly no different than those within the prison walls.
As members of this body of believers, we see ourselves as God's workers--not perfect-- but those who bring God's mercy to those who may see things as hopeless. Once a month, a group of men travel to a local prison to share the Gospel with these men. Relationships are being formed as God's Word is shared. Through conversation, we learn the needs and desires of these men and are able to pray for them, showing them the love of Christ. No one is beyond God's grasp and no situation is too dire for God to work.
To learn more about our ministry to inmates, please speak with Elder Harry Matlack or Elder Bill Wilke.