Joe Garman, president of ARM Prison Outreach International (Joplin, MO), writes with news of baptisms and Bible learning.
In October we experienced two events that have never happened in our years of prison ministry in the U.S.
First, I presented a three-day See Through the Scriptures® seminar at a prison in Pecos, TX that holds 2,500 male prisoners. Hundreds of men attended, including one who served as my interpreter. Following the seminar, 51 prisoners were baptized, including the interpreter!
This is the most baptisms we’ve ever had at the end of a program, and the chaplain and I had to “tag-team” to get it done!
Two weeks later, I went to upstate New York where I taught the seminar again, this time in three different prisons. In one, we experienced another first for ARM when more than half the assembled group—29 men in all—came forward to accept Christ.
At another prison, four men responded to the gospel invitation. I said, “Oh that there would be one more.” A young man in the back row raised his hand and said, “I’ll be number five. I am leaving my gang. The men in this chapel will be my new gang.” The men broke out in applause, and another two came forward.
Fortunately, each of these prisons already had an ARM baptistery installed! In addition, 59 people enrolled in the America Bible Academy, our correspondence school. They join 20,000 other prisoners around the country who participate in the school and are growing in their walk with God.
Learn more about American Rehabilitation Ministries (ARM) at www.arm.org.