Prison ministry expands discipleship ministry to Spanish Bible survey course

By October 10, 2007

USA (MNN) — Crossroad Bible Institute equips the
church to disciple prisoners with the Word of God.

Since 1984, CBI has guided thousands of inmates
through a faith-based re-entry education
and equipped the church to make disciples and support them. One under-resourced group in this vision
scope were the Spanish-speakers.  

However, Crossroad Bible Institute President David
Schuringa says they're answering that need by making the "Survey of the Bible"
course available in Spanish.

That's significant because the Spanish-speaking
population makes up nearly a quarter of the U.S. prison population. "We understand that there's precious
little material available to those who speak Spanish, let alone for a program
to disciple them in a personal way."

It's also a door into fast-growing outreach. Schuringa
says the Spanish materials dovetail nicely with this expansion. "We'll be using this
not only in the prisons here in America, but we have a distribution center in
South America and Colombia. These
lessons will be hand-distributed."

The South American hub is CBI's third international
distribution center after Canada and Australia, but it is the ministry's first
Spanish language center as well as its first to be planted in the developing
world. 

Inmates will study God's unfolding plan of
redemption with Christ as its centerpiece.
But, says Schuringa, "We need more instructors. There is a much greater demand at this
point than we're able to handle. By instructors we mean those who will correct the
Bible study lessons and return the lessons to the people in prison with a personal letter of discipleship."

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