Vantage Point: Prison Harvest
By Ken Horn
Apr. 28, 2013
Recently I received a letter from a prison inmate that read in part:
“I have been an inmate since 1997, and I do enjoy reading the Pentecostal Evangel. It has a lot of good stories in it for new believers like myself. I asked God in June to be my Savior and Lord, and the Evangel helped me along. When I get out ... I would love to help the Key Bearers ministry any way I can when I get up on my feet again. I would like to be able to know that another inmate like myself can get to know Christ through the Pentecostal Evangel like I did.
“I am writing this letter to you on Christmas Day to give me something to do. I am in an administrative segregation unit in a cell all by myself.”
My heart rejoiced at receiving this wonderful missive from a soul newly freed while still behind bars. He had no one with whom to celebrate his first Christmas as a believer, so he turned to us. The staff of the Evangel became his silent family on a day that held new significance in his life.
We get letters like these daily (well over 1,000 each year), all because faithful partners — Key Bearers — continue to invest in reaching the lost behind bars with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Men and women in prison are a ripe harvest field. They have abundant time on their hands with limited things to do. Most are reflecting on the errors of their past; all are confronted by it. It well behooves us to get the gospel in front of them as much as possible.
The Holy Spirit does effective work behind bars.
Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37,38, NIV).
Everyone who participates in Key Bearers — or other ministries that get the Word of God into prisons — is a worker in that great harvest taking place behind high walls, unseen by most.
But it’s very real to those whose spiritual jails can no longer hold them.
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