“I had been in and out of prison a number of times” shares Peter. “My partner lost our son, due to complications, but in my mind, it was my fault. Angry, I pushed her away and blamed her for the way that I was feeling. My drug addiction had pushed everyone away who truly cared for me. I could never take responsibility that things were my fault, but then a chaplain visiting the prison gave me a Bible, not just any Bible, but one that was written specifically for prisoners like me. When I opened it, I turned to the section on ‘learning to be thankful’, realistically I had never been that in my life, from what I could remember.”
From this place, Peter started a connection with God and a journey to freedom. He said: “I felt like those words were really speaking to me. My mind had a sudden change and I haven’t looked back. The Prison Bible provided me with hope, belief, faith and an inner peace. And I cannot find the words to describe that feeling. It was the start of my Christian journey and I no longer feel like my life is over. I feel that it is a new beginning, I now feel that I have a purpose and feel love in my life. I will never forget the day that God spoke to me through the Bible provided to me in prison.”
Many like Peter are incarcerated in prisons around our country. Praise God for the volunteers and chaplains that visit these inmates and take the Word of God into prisons to set them free.
Many in New Zealand prisons are still waiting to meet Jesus and receive their own Bible. You can provide one or more copies today.
Pray for ministry in prisons around New Zealand – that God would move powerfully and many would come to know him.
The ministry of Bible League New Zealand is able to plant God’s Word solely through the generous support of the Christian community.