I was in prison and you came to Me (Matthew 25:36b)
This was my reading at my quiet time early in the morning on the 25th February 2013. That day I passed the gate of the Big Bend Prison in Matata and went in to speak to the director to request to share with the prisoners. 6 weeks later I received a letter from the head office thanking and welcoming me to share.
The Westville Baptist Church, near Durban in South Africa helped us and provided Bibles for the prisoners and I had the privilege to share with the most amazing people who were in this place.
Sabelo Magongo is the chaplain of the prison and one of the most humble people you could ever meet.
After a year I asked Sabelo what God was doing in this place and he told me the following, ‘You remember when you first came? There were lots of gangs in the prison and the language was foul, both from prisoners and wardens. Then we started to share God's Word and got Bibles which we distributed. When you come to us now, we don’t have any gangs anymore because nobody wants to be part of them. You won’t hear any foul language, not from the prisoners and not from the wardens. In the afternoon you will see prisoners with a Bible sharing with people who don’t have a Bible. The whole atmosphere in prison has changed because of God's Word.
In 2015 a group of prisoners started a worship team as guitars were provided and played and sang at every meeting. Many times I have sat there in absolute amazement.
These guys have since been released and have joined a local church.
However, these guys still play and are invited to the Conferences of Swazi Vision where they always get a good reception and make a big impact. Recently they have also been invited to a prayer meeting of a local business. At present they are planning to make their first CD.
The work in prison continues and many people are accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Old prisoners are coming back to share about their faith and to encourage others.Bibles are always in need and sound equipment is needed as new prisoners are starting to worship in prison.