Every Monday morning The Mandate’s missionaries go to a local prison. There are usually around three hundred sixty men imprisoned there and about half attend the services. There are also around 25 women in the prison. In August 2019 we were able to give over 70 Bibles and notebooks to the prisoners. Our missionaries have been able to distribute over 190 Bibles and one audio Bible in the three different languages so far. The audio Bible is small, solar powered and has a speaker so it can be listened to in groups. They were really excited to receive the audio Bible and because there aren’t a lot of activities it will give many the opportunity to hear God’s Word spoken to them.
Since we started the prison ministry there has been hundreds of men that have given their lives to Christ and many that have rededicated their lives and repented for their sins. Including 22 prisoners the last week of June 2019 when a group of men from Shreveport Celebration Church came and shared their testimonies of how Christ has changed their lives. Our missionaries has been encouraged and excited to see these men and women make the decision to follow Christ. It is very fulfilling to them to go and speak life to these men and women, but it is also very hard because there are so many needs and they are bombarded with requests every week. Please pray for the prisoners to receive Christ but also for our missionaries as they minister to them.
The Mandate’s prayer is to give every man and woman a Bible who would like one. The cost of each is $15 and the audio Bibles are $30. Once a month we spend around $30 to buy razor blades (for shaving their heads) and soap. Every couple of months we give notebooks and pens for the literacy program. Your donations will help meet these needs. There are also women in this prison, some of them have their children with them. We have given 3 Maama kits to pregnant women prisoners. They are sometimes allowed to come to the services and are separated from the men by a fence but now we have an ongoing ministry specifically for them. Please pray for these women.
When Shreveport Celebration Church went to the prison to share the gospel the prison allowed women to go in and share with the 25 or so women who are also in prison there. This opened the door for our missionaries wife and one of our Ugandan helpers to go each week to share the gospel and disciple the women in prison there.
Mandate also gets many requests for medicines and vitamins which we cannot always help with. We were able to help with medicines for a scurvy outbreak in the prison toward the end of 2018 which was greatly appreciated.
We are presently working with the prison officials to help provide supplies for a badly needed medical clinic in the prison. Pray that more funds will be given so that Mandate can help with medical needs, Bibles, discipleship materials, notebooks, pens, soap, and more to meet the needs in this ministry.
Exciting news! Recently the Ugandan pastor that works alongside our missionaries at the prison and several men who have recently been released from the prison came to our missionary and asked him to continue to disciple men who are released from prison. Our missionary will be setting a time and place with these men to continue to disciple them in God’s word.
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