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The hopelessness that inmates experience prior to knowing Christ. But Jesus says, "I am the Light of the world." Many of the blank stares we see in the beginning turn into glowing testimonials for Jesus.
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The former Director of the Schenectady County Probation Department writes: “I have no doubt that HOPE Prison Ministry is genuinely able to change people while they are incarcerated. I also have no doubt that this program has a positive impact not only on the individual, but also upon reducing the jail population and criminal recidivism.”
A former Schenectady County Sheriff writes: "There are not many people in the world who consider it their life’s work to try and improve mankind. HOPE Prison Ministry constantly distinguishes itself as a steward of humanity in association with the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department and serves as a beacon of hope and promise in their ministry in the jail.”
1 Peter 5:10 tells us, And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. This ministry operates on the basis of strengthening inmates in Christ, giving them a firm foundation to walk on. A woman almost died from a drug overdose, but pulled through because in her heart she told herself, “I can’t do this to "HOPE" Prison Ministry, they have invested too much in me!”
“Charlie” gave his life to Christ while he was in a county jail. Before his release we had talked to him about a drug and alcohol program in Lynchburg, Virginia. He entered and completed that program and is now in college studying counseling with the goal of working at his previous rehabilitation center to have an impact on broken lives. His father asked, “What have you done to my son? He is a new person!”
“Sarah” went over her addiction history, starting with acid, alcohol, and marijuana at the age of eleven! But, that is all in her past. When asked what her top priority in life is, she said, “It’s my relationship with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ!” During a Bible study we quoted verses that applied to her situation, she would just grin, and then word for word, from her memory, would finish the verses with us.
These are but few of thousands!
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