I HAVE SET YOU AMONG MY PEOPLE TO BIND THEM TO ME, AND PROVIDED YOU AS A LIGHTHOUSE TO THE NATIONS, TO MAKE A START AT BRINGING PEOPLE INTO THE OPEN, INTO LIGHT: OPENING BLIND EYES, RELEASING PRISONERS FROM DUNGEONS, EMPTYING THE DARK PRISONS. I AM GOD. THAT'S MY NAME. I DON'T FRANCHISE MY GLORY, DON'T ENDORSE THE NO-GOD IDOLS. From Isaiah 42; The Message

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There is an unseen crisis in our jails and prisons.  For the most part, prisoners are out of sight and out of mind.  But just last night there was a piece on the news about threats being made to our judges and judicial system.  The telling comment was that many are losing faith in our judicial system.  To this point most Americans think, “They broke the law; let them pay.  This doesn’t affect my life.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

There are more that two million people in the jails and prisons of America.  In fact, the United States now leads the world in the rate of incarcerations.  The Metropolitan Detention Center alone has about 50,000 bookings a year, and jails well over two thousand inmates a day.  Our prison population is growing 15 times faster than the general population.  These facilities are so overcrowded that many states are forced into releasing prisoners early.  The FBI estimates that 70% of those released will be incarcerated again.

 

The alarming reality is that 98% of those behind bars will eventually be returned to society.  What kind of people will they be?  Will they be even more hardened and criminally inclined than before?  Most will – unless Christians take definite action to intervene.  One out of every three American families will be personally affected by crime this year.  How many families in your church will that include? 

 

We have a national crisis with no easy answers.  But there is an answer.  His name is Jesus Christ.  He can change the hearts and lives of even the very worst offenders.  The purpose of Light and Liberty Jail Ministry is to bring His light to those who are in darkness and to bring His liberty to those who are in bondage.

 

            For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
                       From heaven the LORD viewed the earth,
            To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
                       To release those appointed to death,
            To declare the name of the LORD in Zion,
                       And His praise in Jerusalem…     Psalm 102:19-21 NKJV

 

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You.  According to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are appointed to die…  Psalm 79:11 NKJV

 

“THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS INDESCRIBEABLE GIFT!” 

“…And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed…”

            2 Corinthians 9:15, 9

 

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