Several children in Lafayette are getting gifts this Christmas, courtesy of a prison ministry that was founded by one couple more than three decades ago.
Supporting Local Kids with Incarcerated Parents
InnerFaith Prison Ministry uses various events every year to support the prison kids who have either one or both of their parents incarcerated. The highly targeted events are:
- First day of school
- Christmas holidays
This year’s Christmas holiday event was recently carried out at Progressive Baptist Community Center. Several volunteers turned out to give out their gifts which totaled to around 400.
The Formation of the InnerFaith Prison Ministry
Christine Roseberry, Little Lambs Outreach Director, began InnerFaith Prison Ministry, alongside her husband, Rusell Roseberry.
She revealed, during the recent event, why she believes their prison ministry program is beneficial to children with incarcerated parents. Having watched her dad locked behind bars as a young girl, Christine believes that the recent event was special to her and it reminded her of the past sad memories.
Christine wants to minister those kids and make them understand that someone loves them, despite their birth parents, being in jails.
During the recent event, Roseberry ensured that she gave her best to help those kids, since, for some of them, it was their last time to get Christmas present.
About the InnerFaith Prison Ministry Program
On the InnerFaith Prison Ministry website, Christine says that she launched the prison ministry program after she heard a spiritual call from God. She cites a Bible message about love, in John 21:15, as one that motivated her to begin the prison ministry.
In the process of accomplishing her calling, Christine says, she found People in prison who were looking for truth. They were desperately needing an outside friend who would share with them about their victories and failures.
Even though it was not easy to convince the inmates at first, Christine says, she continued to stay faithful till the Lord’s ministry was fulfilled.
Today, Christine, through the InnerFaith Prison Ministry, has advanced from having one Bible study every week to having many Biblical studies in various prisons.
And the program, which started with only 12 churches, has now grown to have volunteers coming from more than 500 different churches.
Christine says that she, in partnership with the volunteers, are working to bring the lost souls back to the God’s Kingdom.
Video: Innerfaith Christmas Event 2017
Prison ministry touches the lives of prison kids at a Lafayette event. They gave gifts to local children with incarcerated parents.
What Is The Aim Of The Prison Ministry?
Their desire as a ministry is:
- To evangelize the lost
- To disciple those who decide to come to Christ.
- To minister the inmates.
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They do so by always working hard to train and teach them the truth as per the biblical scriptures.
In so doing Christine and her team feel that those convicts will be very productive citizens not just for the society, but also for the God’s Kingdom as well.
The ministry is primarily based on biblical principles and teaching inmates about the God’s heart. Christine and her team believe that the Almighty God has mandated us to visit those behind bars.
By transforming the souls of convicts to follow God’s commands, the InnerFaith Prison Ministry members believe that they are securing their ways to eternal life in Heaven.