Prison Ministry

In Matthew 25:34-36, Jesus commanded us to visit and help the prisoners:  "I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me, naked and you clothed me;I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me."

Objectives:

That prisoners will hear and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, beginning a new way of life; that the verses from John 8:36 would be our guide: "If the Son sets you free, then you will be free indeed".

Situation:

The situation of the Malagasy prisoner is catastrophic.  All prisons are very old, with inadequate space or property, thus having crowded conditions.  With the admission of more prisoners, the space allocated to one person lessens!  The prisoners do not have sufficient food at meal times, with some prisoners receiving one ration of manioc (cassava) per day.  Many prisoners have insufficient funds for buying additional food or other items which are considered necessities.  Some families rarely or ever visit to provide the extra food needs..

Strategy:

  • Weekly visits are made to 10 prisons by the Prison Ministry Teams. There are seven prison sites near Antananarivo, within a 100 kilometer radius of Antananarivo; and the three other prisons are near Fianarantsoa.  The purpose of visiting these prisons is to provide them with worship services, laying on of hands and prayer, confirmation and baptismal instruction, Holy Communion, sharing the Good News and Bible distribution. 
  • Provision of rice : Rice is the staple food in Madagascar.  The Prison Ministry Teams bring rice to each prison during their weekly visits.  The amount of rice depends upon how much financial support Friends of Madagascar Mission has provided and the team is able to purchase. 
  • Provision of essential medications such as antibiotics, antacids, analgesics, etc. and at times clothing
  • The FOMM Board of Directors at their annual meeting in January 2017 approved the funding from the over and above receipts in 2016 to fund two new projects: 1) A Prisoner Handicraft Project to provide vocational training at the prisons, and 2) to record the choirs in each of the prisons and produce a DVD to sell for raising funds for the Prison Ministry Program.

Amount Requested:

 TOTAL amount per year: $48,000.00  

($3,000 per year to start and maintain each new prison ministry)