One-to-one encounters in the prisons
During the run up to Christmas I had the opportunity to share my testimony and the gospel message with several prisoners in all three of the prisons in which I work. Over the last two months I had the privilege of leading three of them in a prayer to receive Christ as their Saviour.We held various Christmas-themed events in Buckley Hall, Hindley and Forest Bank prisons, all of which were well attended and a joy to help run, however, I found (as is often the case) that the daily, one-to-one encounters with the men were powerful times when I could share more personally.
It is good when the inmates meet together for these special occasions but I find that they can be a little reluctant to open up to us when surrounded by so many of their fellows. Much like the private encounter Nicodemus had with Jesus in John chapter three, it is in the quiet, private conversations with individuals that we really begin to get through to them. This was certainly the case with regard to these three men with whom I prayed recently.
Please pray that they may go on to really know the Lord and grow in grace, going from strength to strength in Him.