May we present you our church-leaders:
A man, sentenced for 7 more years, a lady sentenced for 12 years, a young man, sentenced for 15 years ……
These men and women are the future church-leaders inside their prison. A missionary church where HOPE and FORGIVENESS is preached, and prisoners reach out to each other for practical as wel for spiritual support. Where new-comers are welcomed and aggression is actively reconciled between inmates.
As much as this seems an unrealistic UTOPIA, it IS NOT.
With the tireless effort of our chaplains, and in good cooperation with the prison administration, we have identified and discipled leaders in several prisons now.
And it is because of their positive reports, that our chaplains and the new church-leaders can continue to built in knowledge and compassion.
We have numerous testimonies of prisoners and prison staff about the positive impact this program has on individuals lifes and on the atmosphere in prison itself.
If all the men were like the guys that come to your courses, we would hand them the keys in the evening and come back the next day – a police officer
I want my son to become like you guys – a police officer
My hope is to be released next week and be back with my family. But even if the judge doesn’t approve that, I will continue to serve God here in prison. I know who needs clothes, extra food and I speak and pray with the guys that want to know more of God – a prisoner
Building churches in such a limited environment as a prison is nothing like ‘the outside’.
The chaplains have limited contact with the inmates, it’s impossible to find quiet places for study, there’s a serious restriction in meeting people, and the prison regime must be followed. All elements that we follow well, knowing that we from Shkbsh PFA are guests inside Albania’s state penitentiary system. There’s no misunderstanding!
Inmates though are inside 24/7 and can have a positive impact on the guys and the atmosphere where they live. Fil.4:5 says: Let your gentleness be known to all men.
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Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.