As always, the praise and worship in Condemn Section was filled with excitement, ululations and was indeed spirit filled! "These men can praise the LORD much better than us outside the prison", exclaimed Helen who was attending the service for the first time. With their shakers, drums, accordion, hard clapping, it was great! Ellen said, “The inmates always sing songs that remind me of the very first times we attended service with Francis and this humbles me of how far the LORD has brought us, indeed, 1 Samuel 7:12, '"... thus far the LORD has brought us." Helen looked at these men and she became emotional, her first concern was that all these men here are supposed to be husbands and fathers with families! Thank God for salvation.
The preacher of the day Mr. Sam Aloci, thanked God for the 25 years that the LORD has helped him serve in Prison Service as an Agriculturalist and the 18 years he has been in salvation! He found himself putting on the Tshirt with a United Nations (UN) badge that was given to him when he went to serve in Sudan Prison Service for one year 2013 - 2014, which was a great experience for him and he praised the LORD! He was able to train inmates how to grow crops inside prison walls, which they thought was impossible!
Sam preached about "HOPE"; He encouraged the inmates to always have hope in Jesus. He quoted and referred to scriptures like; Romans 8:18 - 25, Job 13:15, Psalm 39:7, Psalm 42:5, 1 John 3:3, Psalm 69:6, 2 Corinthians 2:10, Hebrews 6: 17 - 20, Psalm 119: 81 – 82. He cautioned the inmates that if we want to have increasing hope, we have to look at what the bible says.
Ellen, Sam and Helen prayed with the inmates to have that "special hope" only found in JESUS CHRIST.
The inmates were blessed and grateful for the message and for what the LORD is doing through Wells of Hope, in their lives and their families. They were also grateful for the box of soap given to them!
Marjorie, Peter and James were privileged to pray with the inmates in Boma section; they were blessed with the praise and worship and the testimonies inmates shared, it was evident that their only hope was Jesus Christ.
Peter encouraged the inmates to keep on fellowshipping and holding each other in prayers, Marjorie encouraged the inmates to live in the freedom that we have through Jesus Christ; she shared Romans 8:1 and James, who was the main preacher shared from Mathew 27:15 and Mathew 28. His topic was the Power in the name of Jesus; he encouraged brethren to cling to the name of Jesus, regardless of what is going on in their lives, he urged them to praise the name of Jesus. James further encouraged the inmates not to give the devil credit by worrying, fearing and being discouraged. He concluded by saying that everyone should always praise and thank the Lord in the good times and bad times.
We thank everyone for all your prayers and support to enable us reach out to souls such as these, we are blessed too!