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Changed for life

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Recently I had the opportunity to meet a man who said the Pentecostal Evangel helped him survive the rigors of prison life. He said, "The magazine was my spiritual lifeline when I was in prison. It helped me come out a different person … and gave me a tool to witness to other inmates."

I wish you could read the letters we receive almost daily from prisoners who have been touched by the magazine. Some openly confess sin and request prayer; others hunger for scriptural answers. And many share how they invited Jesus Christ into their hearts by applying the ABCs of salvation found in this magazine.

I’m convinced that America’s prisons are one of the greatest evangelism opportunities in our nation. Hundreds of thousands of inmates are one touch away from finding Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity — and responsibility — to nurture revival in America’s prisons.

Placing this magazine in the hands of more inmates must be a priority, because Jesus hasn’t given up on America’s prison population. He longs to extend a hand to men and women who have lost their way. He longs to restore their hope and give them a new purpose in life — just like He did for the young man I met recently.

Unfortunately, many false religions are flooding prisons with materials contrary to the Bible. Chaplains who want to share the truth of God’s Word are urgently requesting additional copies of the Pentecostal Evangel. But your help is needed to expand our distribution to prisons.

If every cell in America received a copy of the Pentecostal Evangel, thousands would be confronted with the love of Jesus Christ and freed from the shackles of hatred and abuse. That may be a lofty goal, but together we can do more to penetrate prison walls with the gospel.

For $1 a week, you can declare to the enemy that you have not given up on the souls of incarcerated men, women and teenagers. For only $1 each week, you can send an Evangel to four prisoners. That is a small price to pay for the lives that will be changed. (It is common for one magazine to be read by a dozen inmates.)

Please pray about what you can give to send this magazine into prison cells across the nation. Information on how you can send the Pentecostal Evangel to a man or woman in prison can be found here.

Your financial gift may hold the keys to an inmate’s spiritual freedom and help transform our prisons into centers for revival. Together, let’s seize the opportunity to touch men and women for Jesus.

— Hal Donaldson

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