“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matt 25:36).
The prison ministry was started in 2007 as part of our vision to ‘Empower Lives and Build Society’, and in obedience to Christ’s admonishing to love and cater for the needs of those in prison.
The Prisons Ministry has witnessed a significant outpouring and manifestation of the grace of God over the past years. Our visits became more regular, with significant responses to the call for inmates to accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Many from different ethnic backgrounds, culture and race, and of different ages have given their lives to God through our outreaches. We’ve had testimonies of family units reconciling, dreadful diseases cured, lost relationship restored, miraculous releases from prisons, hope restored, testimonies of better lives after prison sentence, and real sense of God’s presence.
Over the years we have had the privilege of ministering in Her Majesty’s Prisons (HMP) in Nottingham, Whatton, Leicester Glen Parva (Young Offenders) and Ranby. We also regularly ministered in Morton Hall Prison in Lincoln before it became a Removal Centre.
We have enjoyed great favour from the prison authorities, who always look forward to our coming. We have more and more prisons interested in our service and worship but we only pray that God will bring more labourers to the fold.
Our desire is to expand in capacity and outreach. A number of volunteers are currently going through elaborate security clearance process with the prison authorities. Currently GVM-Prison Ministry regularly lead services in HMP Whatton; and with increasing manpower, we seek to minister again in other prisons where our services were suspended due to the low number of volunteers with valid security clearance.