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Prison Ministry

God has been faithful to bless the prison ministries of our church this year. The number of those attending the Bible studies at Hunt Prison has grown as a result of a prisoner led Bible study joining our group. At Angola prison, we have begun to minister nearly every month through the second half of this year. Not only that, but I have seen God grow the volunteers that have been involved in these ministries. What a blessing! The love of Christ has been shown, God has spoken powerfully through song, testimony, teaching and preaching and men have responded to the Gospel.

 

It has been an honor to serve with such faithful and enthusiastic brothers and sisters in Christ. The fellowship we have experienced has been sweet and I cannot imagine a better group. Moving into 2018, the word that comes into my mind is “growth.” I truly believe we are moving into the best year yet! Pray along with us that God will continue to provide laborers for the mission field that we are working in.

 

 

 -Andrew Wilkes

 

First New Testament Church is actively involved in Prison Ministry at: (click tabs below)

God has been faithful to bless the prison ministries of our church this year. The number of those attending the Bible studies at Hunt Prison has grown as a result of a prisoner led Bible study joining our group. At Angola prison, we have begun to minister nearly every month through the second half of this year. Not only that, but I have seen God grow the volunteers that have been involved in these ministries. What a blessing! The love of Christ has been shown, God has spoken powerfully through song, testimony, teaching and preaching and men have responded to the Gospel.

 

It has been an honor to serve with such faithful and enthusiastic brothers and sisters in Christ. The fellowship we have experienced has been sweet and I cannot imagine a better group. Moving into 2018, the word that comes into my mind is “growth.” I truly believe we are moving into the best year yet! Pray along with us that God will continue to provide laborers for the mission field that we are working in.

 

 

 -Andrew Wilkes

 

First New Testament Church is actively involved in Prison Ministry at: (click tabs below)

Hunt Prison

Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, St. Gabriel, LA

Hunt Prison

 

He was desperate, broken and afraid. With tears in his eyes the prisoner told me, “I don’t know if I’m saved or not.” I told him that according to Romans 10:9-10, he could call out to God right there and ask for forgiveness and salvation. He grabbed my hand and in that moment called out to God to save him. I told the man that only God could now show him and that with true salvation comes the promise of confirmation from the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:16). This man was so humble, so grateful.

 

This was how we started the most recent Bible study at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, Louisiana. Every Wednesday, a faithful Bible teacher from First New Testament Church enters the prison with the words of eternal life. Our desire is to bring men who don’t know God to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to establish believers in their faith. While we are only able to be with these men for a short time, we trust that the Holy Spirit is implanting His Word deep within their hearts and that fruit will come.

 

I recently read a statistic from the chaplain at Hunt Prison that said 80% of all offenders at Hunt will be released back into the general population. He painted the picture that one of these men could be standing next to you in line the next time that you’re out buying groceries. While the justice system properly seeks to discipline these men for crimes they have already committed, the laws of man cannot truly restrain what they could do once set free. That is why it is so important that we do everything within our power to call these men to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that once a man is born again, he is a new creature. Unless these men are born again, there will never truly be any change in their lives. It is to this end we work, and we desperately need your prayers.

 

How you can pray:

 

  • That we would truly love these men, and see them as God sees them
  • That the Bible teachers from our church would be faithful to Jesus, teaching the truth by the unstoppable power of the Holy Spirit
  • That God would guide us in what to teach, having just the right words at the right time
  • That God would draw the hearts of lost men to these studies and that they would be receptive to the          Gospel and be born again
  • That God would draw believers from the prison to our Bible studies and that they would be rooted and        grounded in the truth and person of Christ
  • That the believers would then take this truth to others in the prison that we may never have the                  opportunity to encounter

 

Thank you for your prayers. It’s only by the grace of God, by His Holy Spirit, that anything of eternal value is ever accomplished. Without Him, our efforts will be just that, human effort. We trust that God will do more than that, working in us and through us, delivering and establishing these men.

 

Angola Prison

Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, LA

    

Angola Prison

 

Nearly once a month, a team of faithful volunteers from First New Testament Church makes the drive to Camp C of Angola Prison. After going through three security points, we finally make it to the chapel, where men wait for and open the doors for us to enter in. This is more than just a little kindness; this is family. It was recently said by one of the church leaders in Camp C that our church had “adopted them.” We really are with brothers when we go to Angola.

 

When we go to Camp C, the feel is more that of a local congregation than just a group of incarcerated men. Their praise team opens the services with lively praise music and we are then introduced. Our own praise and worship team then has the privilege of leading these men in loving and adoring Jesus. Someone from First New Testament always dedicates the service to the Lord, with an exhortation or Bible reading. After several more songs, a brother or sister opens the word and will further exhort us or perhaps share their testimony. This is what endears us to the men at Camp C; we love them, we’re real with them. We share our struggles in life and testify to the grace of God that brings us through each hardship, encouraging them to look to this same Savior for their own needs.

 

Though the preaching portion of the services is often interrupted for the officers to take a head count of the men, God is faithful to help the entire message flow together. God has never allowed the interlude to be awkward, and the men come back from count times just as receptive to the Word as they were before. These interruptions are just one of the nuances to prison ministry and teach us to stay humble and patient. No matter who is bringing the Word on a Sunday at Angola, God’s presence is there, convicting, drawing, and pleading with these men of their need for the Savior as well as encouraging the Body. How humbling it is to be used as a vessel to bring Jesus Christ to these men. Our cry and desire is that each man would come to know him and love him with all of his heart.

 

Please pray with us that God would draw the lost to our meetings and that through loving them, praying, singing, and preaching, they would see the beauty of Jesus and their need for Him. Also pray for the church in Camp C, that they would shine bright for Jesus and would be like the early believers, who “went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). God bless you!

 

 

 

 


 


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Men's Bible Study Monday, August 26 @ 6:00 AM
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Young Adult Bible Study Thursday, August 29 @ 6:30 PM
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Wednesday Fellowship Dinner Wednesday, September 4 @ 5:15 PM


 
 
     
 
 
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