… Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28:18-20
Jamal is a volunteers through Connecting Streams at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre. He works with the men’s group there. During the Connecting Streams Volunteer Appreciation and Celebration Evening he shared his experiences.
Jamal and his friend Danny volunteer for two hours on Friday nights at the prison. They hold a bible teaching chapel for the men there. On any given week they can expect 25 to 30 men to attend, eager to listen and learn about a relationship with Jesus Christ. The evening starts with a message from Jamal or Danny, and ends with an open time of discussion where the men can ask questions and share their own experiences.
“I speak all the time in different places but this is different because when they come there, they listen to you for two hours,” said Jamal. The men at the prison want to be there. They want to hear the good news.
This ministry has been a huge blessing in Jamal’s life. He shared that 5 to 7 men give their lives to Christ every week. He has watched God move in the lives of these men, healing the broken, and empowering them to become followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. They embrace the love and hope that comes with a personal relationship with Jesus. They are interested in God’s word and floored by the offer of forgiveness. The men often ask how they can become more involved in the church and how they can further their walk with Christ once they are released from prison.
“One particular gentleman, couldn’t wait to give his life to Christ,” shared Jamal. “In the middle of the teaching he raised his hand and said ‘How do I give my life to Jesus Christ because I’m tired.’ So we see stuff like that and that is a blessing for us.”
Jamal reiterated the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” He shared that in Africa, where he is from, when a man in authority asks you to do something you don’t argue or ask questions, you go and do it.
“For us, we feel that we must to this because the one in authority has spoken.” said Jamal
To learn how you can bring Jesus into the hurting world and get involved with a ministry through Connecting Streams, click to our Ministry Opportunities.
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