In 1976 Rev. Paul McAfee went to
the Albuquerque city jail on a volunteer police chaplain call to notify an
inmate of a death in his family. When he arrived, he was amazed by the many
needs at the jail. There were no church services available, Bibles were scarce,
and many had prayer requests for family needs.†
Shortly thereafter, Rev. McAfee resigned his pastorate and began working
full time as a volunteer chaplain.† THIS
WAS THE BEGINNING OF LIGHT AND LIBERTY JAIL MINISTRY.
Today, the ministry has grown and
vastly expanded its workload. Over 225 volunteers lead Bible studies at MDC
throughout the week.† Church services
are another feature of the ministry at MDC. We are reaching out to more jails.
Light and Liberty volunteers actively work in about 20% of the jails in New
Mexico. Many of our volunteers are involved in ministry in other correctional
facilities, such as prisons, as well.
Light and Liberty has two
chaplains on staff who receive no salary, but just a housing allowance from the
ministry.† There are many other
chaplains and assistant chaplains serving on a volunteer basis. Our Office
Manager receives a modest salary and volunteers time beyond this paid time.† We have many other volunteers in the
background supporting the ministryís work.†
Working together with Christians, local churches, businesses, and other
organizations, Light and Liberty Jail Ministry is reaching out with the gospel
of peace and reconciliation, making a difference in correctional facilities.
In 2005, Executive Director of
Light and Liberty for ten years, Stevan Mora, left the ministry to pursue other
career opportunities. Under Stevanís leadership this newsletter had been going
out for years. †Since Stevanís
departure, Steve Maricle volunteers as Chaplain in our jails while at the same
time serving in the position of Executive Director. Thank you, Lord for your
continuing provision and protection and production in this Your ministry to our
inmates and correctional staff.† Thank
you, Lord for you amazing mercy and abundant grace.† Thank you, Lord for your steadfast love over all that we say and