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Friday, October 15, 2010

Kenya report pt3

Dear beloved: While in Kenya I had the opportunity to preach in a 2,500
inmate prison called Kamiti Prison. Three of us from the mission team went in, where we were met by a lady chaplain who guided us around and took care of the details for our visit. When we first arrived we were taken into the Office of the Chief of Security, where he gave us the authorization to hold two services of one and a half hours each, one on the maximum side and one on the juvenile side of the prison. Before we left his office, he asked us if we wanted to pray, so we all held hands in his office and prayed for the men and the services! No separation of church and state in Kenya!
The first service was held in a big yard with about 100 men, it was quite dirty and the facilities were quite basic. A gazebo in the middle of the yard was the stage for a band and the preaching platform. When the inmate band started to play(it consisted of 2 guitars, a keyboard, and 2 singers), about 50 inmates got out in front of us in the middle of the yard and started to dance to the Lord in a choreographed dance that went on for about 30 minutes; it was a vigorous dance that was led by an inmate who was grinning from ear to ear and loving every minute of it! I had to keep pinching myself that I was really in a prison, it looked more like a Broadway production as every dancing inmate was in perfect step and rhythm, and they were all obviously enjoying it all immensely. After I preached we had an altar call and about 20 men came up for salvation decisions and prayers for healing.
Then on the juvenile side in the afternoon we had a similar service with about 50 inmates, lots of singing and dancing and testimonies. Six young men came forward to make salvation decisions; as I went down the line praying for them, two were slain in the spirit and stayed on the ground for about 15 minutes as we prayed for others who needed healing or encouragement. It was an awesome time in the Lord.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:36 when you visit those in prison you have visited me, that those in prison are the least of these of mine. Only Jesus could give these prisoners the joy that they were exhibiting, nothing else on this earth could give these men the joy and the peace that passeth all understanding, in spite of very difficult circumstances on this earth. Paul said in Hebrews 13:3, remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them, as those in adversity are part of the body. Pray for those in Kamiti prison as if you were in prison with them. God bless you, in Christ, Jim

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