When I Was In Prison… You Visited Me

IMFC Prison Ministry

IMFC Prison Ministry

10 years ago when IMFC began, operating a prison ministry wasn’t even a consideration. We didn’t see it; we didn’t desire it. Isn’t it amazing the things that are right in front of our faces but we never see! Today, 10 years later, we see it and are astonished by it. Thousands of lives have been impacted through the prison ministry, and the opportunities that have come from it defy our imaginations. Now, today, 10 years after our founding, this prison ministry is as much apart of IMFC as Manna Ministry.

Here is a list James compiled for Prison Headquarters in Kampala that details what IMFC did in the prisons of Uganda in 2014 with some results.

  • 36,263 Bible Way books were given out to inmates and staff in Masindi M/W, Nakasongola, Arua, Kampala Remand, Kasangati, Kibuku, Soroti, Muyinayina, Kumi, Bukedea, Gililgil, Kauga and Mbale prisons.
  • 1,492 Bibles were given out both to inmates and staff in Masindi M/W, Nakasongola, Arua, Kampala Remand, Kasangati, Kibuku, Soroti, Muyinayina, Kumi, Bukedea, Gililgil, Kauga and Mbale prisons.
  • Donated 30 blankets and 2 television sets to Kasangati prison.
  • Donated 2 footballs, 1 volleyball and 1 volleyball net to Kampala Remand prison.
  • Donated 72 boxes of soap (1,728 long bars of soap or over 7,000 American sized bars of soap) to Nakasongola, Arua, Kasangati, Soroti, Kumi, Bukedea, Gililgil, and Kauga prisons.
  • Donated 22 boxes of sanitary pads (396 pieces of sanitary pads) to women inmates in Nakasongola, Arua, Kasangati, Soroti, Muyinayina, Kumi, Bukedea, Gililgil, and Kauga prisons.
  • Donated 360 packets of razor blades (1800 pieces of razor blades) to Masindi M/W, Nakasongola, Arua, Kampala Remand, Kasangati, Kibuku, Soroti, Muyinayina, Kumi, Bukedea, Gililgil, Kauga prisons.
  • Donated 70 boxes of pens (3500 pens) to the inmates in Masindi M/W, Nakasongola, Arua, Kampala Remand, Kasangati, Kibuku, Soroti, Muyinayina, Kumi, Bukedea, Gililgil, and Kauga prisons.

Here is the bottom line, God has changed many lives through this ministry. One example is Wilson. Wilson was in Kasangati prison when he heard the Gospel of Christ, enrolled in Bible Way and was trained by Francis to do the work of sharing the Gospel, starting house churches and training leaders. Today, he is leading men in Kumi to do what he was trained to do while in prison! Many have prayed to receive Christ as their Lord, are enrolled in Bible Way and have been baptised as a result of his work. Another example is the work in Arua. Thousands have come to faith in Christ and the door to Southern Sudan has opened through the refugees living in Arua, the Rhino Refuge Camp, and the west Nile area and it was all started through the prison work. Robert, one of the guards in Arua prison who had been discipled through Bible Way while working in another prison, begged us to come with the Bible Way books to Arua Prison. We did and the rest its history.

I am grateful and amazed at what God has achieved through the prison ministry in the first 10 years, but I know this is only the beginning. In addition to the 14 prisons we worked in in 2014, James emailed me a list of 11 prison that are currently inviting IMFC/Bible Way to come and engage their inmates in Bible Way:

  1. Central Region –
    (i). Masaka main prison
  2. Western Region –
    (i) Mbarara main prison.
    (ii) Fort Portal prison
    (iii) Kabaale prison
    (iv) Ntungamo prison
    (v) Ibanda prison
  3. Eastern Region –
    (i) Jinja main prison
    (ii) Iganga prison
    (ii) Kaliro prison
  4. Northern Region –
    (i) Gulu prison
    (ii) Lira prison
Inmates lining up for lunch

Inmates lining up for lunch

Here is what excites me, as I look at this list of prisons, I see that several of them are located in Central and Western Uganda where IMFC has no current work but where we have been paying for God to raise up a work! Each one of these prisons is a doorway to larger villages and countries that contain hundreds of thousands of people who need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I know that there are men and women sitting in these prisons right now who will hear the message of the Gospel, study the Bible Way books, take serious our training on how to make disciples that make disciples and run with the message and training back to their villages like Wilson in Kumi. We just have to get them.

I ask you to pay for the prison ministry. It has become a strategic and crucial part of the ministry the Lord has given to IMFC. Pray for James and Francis as they lead this work. Ask the Lord to continue to open the doors that lead to other doors that lead to others. Pray that when we celebrate the end of 10 more years we are doubly amazed at what God has achieved.

Have a great day. God bless.

Jimmy

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