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Vantage Point: 10 Reasons the Evangel Should Be Behind Bars

By Ken Horn
April 25, 2010

There is no better use of the Pentecostal Evangel than in our nation’s prisons, jails and detention centers. Here are a few reasons why.

Prison inmates have time on their hands. What better way to help them spend that time than to provide the Evangel. Many will read it simply because it’s there. And when it comes to special editions, like our Super Bowl Outreach Edition, they become even more interested.

If Christians don’t provide literature, others will. Some of that literature will be provided by cults.

Readers get saved. We receive an average of four salvation responses from inmates every workday. Since the Key Bearers program began placing Evangels behind bars, we have received some 14,000 such responses.

Inmates are discipled in their faith. We receive letters every week from inmates telling us that the content of the magazine helped them grow in the Lord.

Readers are supported in difficulties. Regular letters indicate how the Lord used the magazine to help a Christian inmate through a difficult time.

The Evangel is seen as a friend by inmates who seldom or never get a visit. They have told us that regularly receiving the magazine soothes the loneliness and gives them a connection to believers outside the walls.

The many articles on relationships prepare inmates for release and help them to be more caring spouses and parents, or reconcile with loved ones even before release.

God loves them and cares about them. And so do you. The magazines become your missionaries.

The magazines can stay around until an inmate is open to the gospel. An AG chaplain once handed an Evangel to a man in solitary confinement. The inmate angrily threw the magazine across his cell. It lay on the floor for weeks, until he finally picked it up and read it. The next time the chaplain came through, this inmate committed his life to the Lord.

There is the potential to reach multitudes. To date, 8.5 million Evangels have been sent behind bars by Key Bearers. One chaplain reported to us that one magazine was read by 100 prisoners!

Ken Horn

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