In San Francisco, Argentina, Martin Frost does Bible studies with some of the 300 men in the prison. The main issues of prison life are the same the world over: families are separated, children grow up without a father and an income is lost. Many marriages and long-term relationships are destroyed.
“I set out to give the prisoners a chance to explore the Bible and their faith in an open way. All questions and opinions will be welcomed, agreed with or challenged respectfully,” says Martin. “Where possible I like to work through an entire book of the Bible to try to get the group to see the integrity of the Word. I have a small group of between four and ten prisoners whom I visit personally. I enjoy close friendships with a number of them. I’m amazed how many prisoners have a genuine faith and wish to know more,” he adds.
“It’s challenging when the prisoner leaves to rebuild his life in the outside world: some do well, others fall badly. Gonzalo came with his wife and lived with us for a year before they rented their own place. He has held down his job since leaving the prison, been active in his church and is going from strength to strength. He continues to visit the prison regularly with one of the pastors of his church, and I still meet up with him. Sergio is doing less well. He was so excited when he came out and was on fire for God. However, the pressures of life outside have proved difficult; he’s having a tough time getting work and relating to his family. Just two of many highs and many lows.”
Source: Latin Link (names have been changed)
BIBLE STUDY: Psalm 68:5-6
PRAISE: God for Christian witness in prisons around the world. Pray particularly for those who leave prison knowing Christ, for loving support.