Ministry takes light of Christ into the dark prisons of Zimbabwe

By November 1, 2011

Zimbabwe (MNN) — Three years ago, the
Zimbabwe Association for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Offender
(ZACRO) released a report noting that there are 55 prisons in Zimbabwe.

Although capacity was maxed at 17,000
inmates, a rough count showed more than twice that number in the jails. Conditions in the facilities are dire. The report noted extreme hunger, inhumane
squalid conditions, exposure to a variety of diseases, with conditions unlikely to
have changed since 2008.

Against that backdrop, Biblica has been bringing hope. Because prisoners need to experience
the freedom that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior, Biblica
Zimbabwe plans to partner with church groups to share the Gospel message with
1,000 prisoners, using the booklet Tariro Yavasungwa (Hope for Prisoners
Shona). 

Statistics show that prisoners who make a commitment
to Christ are less likely to re-offend. Biblica's "Free on the Inside Bible" contains notes of encouragement and counsel on
following Christ, even in a prison cell. More than 1 million inmates have
received this much-loved Bible; the standard Shona translation was completed in
2005.

Biblica
Africa serves the African Church by partnering with local churches and
ministries to provide the Bible and biblical resources in vernacular languages.
This year, they're hoping to serve people in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan,
Uganda, and Zimbabwe, and will continue work on 10 Bible translations.

Biblica Africa will also help the untrained volunteers that make up the bulk of Sunday School
teachers and lay leaders of the local church bodies who work with projects like
the inmate outreaches. Biblica Zimbabwe
plans to provide training materials and one-day seminars each month, training
500 teachers this year. The goal is for these participants to then train other
teachers to bring children to Christ and nurture their spiritual growth.

Pray for the hearts of these inmates as they learn
of God's grace. The project currently needs another $2,000.00 to proceed. Click
here to help.

 

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