8.24.2009

Buchanan Central Prison

Friday, August 21st we made the trip to Buchanan Central Prison. It was an interesting trip. The last report we received talked about “a four hours bad road drive”. They were absolutely right! This trip should take about 1-1 ½ hours but it actually takes 4 hours due to the bad road conditions. We have never been out to Grand Bassa County before. It was an interesting trip, full of beauty.


The visit with the prisoners went very well. We were able to preach to the prison yard and then to the cells individually. This was Greg’s first visit to a prison in Liberia. It was an effective and productive trip. We distributed clothing to the inmates and they were VERY thankful. Each person was able to receive one item of clothing, for some it was pants and for others it was a shirt. There are 81 prisoners in total, 3 of them are female. We already have had some great testimonies from the prisoners and some wonderful discussion and questions.


We will be working to put together some agricultural help for this prison. They have prisoners that are ready and willing to work and have already had some good success with small gardens. Here in Liberia it is very common for people who own land that they are not using to allow local people to plant gardens there. This prison in Buchanan had done this very thing, planted a garden on some adjoining property. They had the blessing of the land owner but after the plants had grown and were close to maturity the land owner said he was not aware of them having permission to plant there. I am sure you can see his intention….to enjoy the harvest himself.


I am hoping that Greg will elaborate on this trip. He had some interesting conversations and this was his first opportunity to minister at the prison. Check back for a post from him.


Tomorrow we will be visiting the Kakata Prison. This is a prison we visit regularly. God Bless!


Driving! The white car we rented and in front is our Spirit Liberia car.

Bridge over "Flaming Tongue River"
Arrival at the prison, this is outside the fence.
Bins of clothes that were given out.
This man was alone in the rear of the prison and was HUGE! He has a really great testimony which Greg will tell you about. This was very encouraging!
Inside the prison.
Pastor Richards teaching

Greg, Bestman and Shad inside the prison



3 comments:

Diane said...

I love hearing how the Lord is working through Spirit Liberia. Praise God for your faithfulness to serve Him!

When I read this post, the following passage came to mind.

Matthew 25:34-40

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

God bless you as you continue to serve Him!

Love,

Diane

Spirit Liberia said...

Thanks Diane :-) That is one of our favorite encouraging scriptures!

Penny said...

We can't imagine the joy it must give you all to finally be there ministering in person. After all the hard work of actually getting there and now preaching first hand. Hallelujah! We are rejoicing with you.