“The purpose of the new Prison Ministry Bible Study is to teach church groups or Sunday schools that prison ministry is well within their grasp,” said Anders Skaar, co-author of the new study. “Too many people feel that prison ministry can take place only in the prisons. We aim to change that paradigm.”
Participants will discover that prison ministry can be done at home, at their local church, in the local community, as well as at a local prison.
The new 13-week study includes several books and PowerPoint presentations, a video tape and several videos of inmate testimonies, inmate letters, a visit from a local prison chaplain and a field trip to a local prison. “Of course, we want the class to experience the fun of doing a churchwide Christian book drive for CLI,” Skaar said. Best of all, it is free of charge and all the lessons are available on the CLI Web site.
Why prison ministry? Because of the fruit. Prison Ministry co-author Lennie Spitale stated: “I do not know of any more fertile ground for the Gospel in all of the United States than our jails and prisons. I make that statement unequivocally and without reservation. If you are looking for a more fruitful harvest field, apart from leaving the country, you will be hard-pressed to find it.”
About Christian Library International:
CLI was founded in 1996 and distributes used Christian books and Bibles free of charge to 1,000 U.S. prison in all 50 states. CLI sponsors the CLI Leadership Bible Study for inmates with several hundred inmates enrolled. CLI receives and answers more than 5,000 letters from inmates every year. To learn more about CLI, go to the CLI Web site.