Why I teach in Prisons

I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me ~ Matthew 25:36

The other day, I came across my father’s certificate from a local prison for his pastoral service. My father often expressed to me that education lowers recidivism rate in correctional facilities. My father’s godly example of serving others, inspired me to do the same through teaching.

The above verse also instructs is to visit those in need, even in prison. Jesus didn’t just hang out with the elite crowd, he humbly served the lowest of people in society. There are several individuals in the Bible that experienced imprisonment because of their Christian beliefs.

They were: Joseph, Samson, Jeremiah, Micaiah, Zedekiah, Daniel, John the Baptist, Peter, James, John, Silas, Paul, Epaphras, Aristarchus, Junia, and even Jesus himself, who was held in custody between his arrest and execution, and then, in death was imprisioned in a guarded tomb (Source: Prisons, Prisoners and the Bible).

These Biblical characters each had a choice whether to follow Jesus or not, but none of them waiver in their faith. It is my hope that by me sharing my experience that you might consider volunteering to either minister or teach inside. May God bless you!

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