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The Gospel Is at Work Among the “Least of These”

Here's some encouraging news in the midst of so much craziness in our world.

Prisons can be some of the most difficult places. It’s difficult for any of us who have never been convicted of a crime to imagine the hardships of those who are serving their sentence.

Jesus calls us to minister to prisoners. In Matthew 25, he told His followers in a parable about those whom the Father will know by the way they cared for those in need:

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40, ESV)

That’s why ministries to inmates at every level are doing tremendous work, and it’s encouraging to hear about the fruit that comes out of these efforts. In Darlington County, SC, the local sheriff’s department shared the exciting story of 18 inmates in their jail who were baptized over the weekend:

Saturday, 18 inmates were baptized at the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center. Jail doesn’t have to be the end; it can…

Posted by Darlington County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, October 6, 2019

It warms the heart to see these men declare their new faith in Jesus by being immersed. New life in Jesus is exciting to see, no matter where it begins.

Let’s pray for these inmates. As the Facebook post says, “Jail doesn’t have to be the end; it can be the very beginning of the ultimate forever.” I pray that they will have the courage to live out their faith both inside the jail walls and outside in the world when they’re released.

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