Light Shines in the Darkness of Nanyuki Prisons – Kenya
Feb 13, 2018 1105
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
Some time ago, GNU initiated a prison ministry in Kenya, and appointed George Ngatia, who happens to be a prison warden, as the GNU prison chaplain. Since then, I have heard little of this programme, due to poor communication between him and myself. But after my relocation to Kenya, I have been able to meet with George Ngatia and I was happy to see the work he has been doing.
I accompanied him to the Nanyuki Prisons. There are fewer places darker than a prison cell. There, separated from all that they ever knew or loved, men and women struggle with feelings of despair and hopelessness. As they search for some sense of meaning and purpose for their lives, they wonder if anyone outside the walls of the prison knows or cares about their struggles. With few willing to listen to their stories and confessions, these peoples’ lives are full of guilt and feelings of worthlessness. But even in the darkest places, there is Light.
In Nanyuki G.K Prisons, Kenya, Prison Fellowship has been going on, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with those behind bars, and offering the hope of true transformation. Through the use of Bible-based programming, and with the help of committed volunteers, lives are being changed, hope is being restored, and darkness is being replaced with the promise of a future.
Lives are being changed, hope is being restored, and darkness is being replaced with the promise of a future
When I visited the inmates we had some 30 minutes of prayer and worship. They were very happy to see that there are people willing to bring to them good news of Jesus Christ. One such inmate was John.
Before John was caught on the wrong side of the law, he was not only a church goer but also a deacon in his church. He confessed that the fellowship provided by GNU in the prison has revived his thirst for God. He asked us to pray for him as he rededicates his life once again to God.
When asked what he wants to do in particular after leaving jail, John said,
I want to begin a prison ministry.
With the help of other volunteers, he says he believes that he is best for the job since he knows the inside of the prisons and what the inmates go through.
– Pr Bonifresh Muhollo