One of the most under served mission fields in America is within prison walls. One of the best examples of what can be done is here in our home state of Louisiana.
Angola prison had a reputation as the most violent prison in America. Warden Burl Cain was determined to change that image. His prison reform program took time but Angola is now a model of what can be accomplished through Christ. Not only is the Word of God taught, but they have also built several church buildings inside the prison walls.
Over a decade ago, Louisiana Baptist University teamed with Exodus Ministries out of Texas to offer degree programs to prisoners while they are incarcerated. Statistics prove that as high as 70% of prisoners return to prison shortly after their release. When prisoners earn a college degree, those numbers are completely reversed.
The results of our prisoner program have been nothing short of amazing. What began as an undergraduate program has now changed. We are seeing many prisoners enroll in our master’s program and even for a Ph.D.
In prisons across America, many of our students and graduates are teaching Bible studies and even holding church services. We receive numerous letters from those whose lives have been transformed.
Several of our graduates have served their time and are living productive lives as ministers and are serving in local churches. Still others have started prison ministries of their own.
If you would like to help support this worthy ministry by sending a check to Louisiana Baptist University, 6301 Westport Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana 71129. Mark your check Prison Ministry and 100% will go toward this ministry. You might also want to send a note of encouragement to our Prison Director, Dr. Jay Foster.