This week it’s Prisons Week – a week where Christians across the UK unite in prayer for prisons and all those who live and work there.
For over 15 years, our Message In Prisons teams have been going into prisons sharing the good news of Jesus with those at their lowest point and God is on the move. Through the4points and Alpha courses, one-on-one discipleship and mentoring, our teams are building relationships with those they meet and are seeing many give their lives to Jesus.
And the support doesn’t stop there! Peacemaker courses teach individuals the skills they need to help them resolve conflict and manage their emotions, music classes provide a way to further build relationships, and radio programmes share music from Message bands, stories of how God’s changed lives as well as more about how much he loves them.
God is moving behind the prison gates and transforming lives. Lives like Geraint’s.
Mark, one of our prisons’ workers, met Geraint a year ago when he was part of an Alpha course. Initially Geraint had many questions about faith and as he got these answered became more interested and excited to find out more about Jesus. One day he realised that he needed Jesus in his life and responded to the gospel for the first time. Since then Geraint’s been desperate to get baptised but hasn’t been able to due to lockdowns. But a couple of weeks ago Geraint got baptised and is so excited for this next chapter with Jesus. He said, ‘This is a new beginning for me. I know I’ve found forgiveness and love in Jesus.’
Another lad, Owen, came along with Geraint to one of the worship sessions happening in prison, was blown away when he heard about the love Jesus had for him and also gave his life to Jesus! Owen got baptised on the same day at Geraint and shared, ‘No matter what life throws at me now, I know God has a good plan for me. I’m so thankful for everything he’s done for me and for all that he’s got ahead of me for the future!’
Do be praying that those in prison would find their hope, security and peace in Jesus, and that those working in prison would be strengthened and encouraged as they share the gospel with those they meet. Find out more about Prison’s Week and get involved at message.org.uk/prisonsweek