God’s Word in Prison

Matthew 25:39-40 (NIV) “Lord, when did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

If anyone needs the love, hope and restoration of Jesus, it’s those in our Juvenile Justice prisons. There are hundreds who have grown up in environments of anger, abuse and instability and at some point, they have turned to crime for one reason or another. Many finish their sentence only to recommit, highlighting their need for deep restoration and hope.

In NSW, Juvenile Justice Chaplains do a fantastic work of bringing hope, forgiveness and restoration to young lives. They use skills as counsellors and teachers to help teens, and most importantly, they want to give God’s life-changing word. At their recent conference, Dan Hardie presented the range of SGM Lifewords material available and each chaplain was over-the-moon to have relevant Bible portions available to give to teens in need.

Rev. Lynn Pickersgill said, “This material is just perfect for what we are doing. Thanks so much for making it available”. The most requested item has been Little Book of Help, and the matching pair of “You Matter” and “Forgiveness Matters” is so relevant in those environments.

Please pray for Lynn and our other chaplains as they work in prisons, and continue to support Lifewords as we give God’s Word where it is needed.

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