Wow! I wish all of you could have seen the amazing work God did yesterday morning at the prison here in Yei! For some weeks now, one of our older boys has felt impressed that we should go minister in the local prison. He talked to me about it, and I told him we’d do what we could to make it happen. What a great idea! Finding a dark place and taking the Gospel there!
Well, about a week after this boy approached me about ministering in the prison, the town commissioner here in Yei ordered that all of the town’s witchdoctors should be arrested and imprisoned. Now the prison was not only filled with thieves and murderers, but also the powerful “wizards” that many people fear. The prison ministry idea was looking better and better as we realized the potential of reaching this captive audience with the Truth of Jesus Christ!
Michele has been building some good relationships with the police during discipleship meetings with them, and she asked if there was any way they could pull some strings to help us get into the prison. Sure enough, everything was arranged with the prison wardens, and today we were able to go in! Praise God!!!
It was glorious to hear the Gospel proclaimed in power. Michele gave a no-nonsense message that declared the truth that there exist two kingdoms- the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. Each of us must serve one of these two. One is ruled by the law of the Spirit of life- the other by the law of sin and death (Romans 8). In His extravagant and unconditional love, Jesus paid the price to give us freedom and abundant life in Him. We need not walk in sin, death, and condemnation! When Michele gave a call for the men to choose who they would serve, most of the inmates declared that they wanted to follow Jesus!
After one of our Sudanese pastors led the men in a prayer of salvation, we took time to minister to the men individually in healing prayer and deliverance. Almost all of the men who needed physical healing were healed on the spot – including a man whose spine straightened! – and a peace that passes our human understanding came in to replace the guilt and oppression that many men said they were living with. The Lord gave us many individual messages of encouragement and edification for the men as we prayed for them.
All of heaven is rejoicing for the souls saved yesterday. I am rejoicing with them! Please pray with us as we move forward to establish a discipleship group with these new believers! YAY GOD!!!