I am excited today to tell you about a ministry that I just recently found out about!
Their headquarters are in the Central Valley of California. This is my old stomping grounds from my girlhood days and I can personally vouch for the people who started and are currently involved in this ministry.
The main purpose of their prison ministry is to get No Greater Joy’s Good and Evil Comic Book into the hands of as many California inmates as will ask for them.
So what exactly is L.A.M.B. Services Prison Ministries?
Let’s have them tell us in their own words.
What is this ministry about?
We provide the Good & Evil Illustrated Bible Book to inmates who are incarcerated & jailed in CA (there is a difference – ). The inmate sees the Good & Evil Book from another inmate who received one from us as well, and decides to write us a letter.
We then read each letter to decipher what the inmate is requesting (it may be a Thank-you note for sending the Good & Evil Book, it may be a request for the Book in Spanish, it may be multiple letters from multiple inmates, it may be a request for prayer, it may be a request for correspondence, or it may be a random request for some random book or item). We have teams of individuals who then take the letters asking for prayer or correspondence and they will be taken care of. Once the letter has been read and split into each category, we will enter the Names of the Inmates, ID#’s, Cell#’s, Prison Name, & address into a program we built for making printing the labels easier. Built into this program is the ability to check to see if the inmate has written to us before based on their Name + ID#.
Then once a month or so we have a group of 30 or so individuals come help us get the books ready to mail. I will print the labels, and the evening begins. Inside the book we hand write, “Jesus Loves You” & “John 3:16”. Then we stamp our name and address on the front side of the book. Then we will stick a tract of some sort inside the book. Then we put the book into an envelope.
We receive about 30-45 letters per day requesting this book. We have sent out approximately 24,500 books so far. The Prison system estimates that each one of these books will get read by 4-5 inmates on average before the inmate leaves the prison system (this does not include the family of the inmate after they are released). This means that we have touched at least 100,000 inmates so far not including the families with the Gospel through this illustrated Bible Book.
How did it begin?
We read in the No Greater Joy Ministries newsletter called “To Train Up A Child” in the April 2010 newsletter an article called “Sorry” about the need to send these books to inmates. We decided to take up the challenge for CA. NGJ sent us the names & addresses of 180 inmates and it all launched from there.
What is your vision for L.A.M.B. Services Prison Ministry?
We would love to see each inmate in prison and jail have a copy of this book, but ultimately we desire to see these inmates surrender their lives to Jesus Christ and turn from their past lifestyle. The statistics show that 70% of the current inmates in CA Prisons will be released in 3 years. Of those released inmates 70% of them will return to prison in 3 years. This last number drops to 30% when the inmates are reached with either a real Bible or this G&E (Good & Evil) Book. That number drops to 20% if they receive both the Bible & the G&E. That number drops to 10% if they are corresponded with inside and outside of prison. And finally that number drops to under 1% if they are personally discipled as a Christian in Prison & after they leave prison. Of these inmates that leave that have been touched with the Gospel, most of them live completely different lifestyles. One Chaplain I talked to said that he has tracked men once they have left the prison system and most of them have become Pastors, Chaplains, Missionaries, or Successful Businessmen. This is exactly what we like to see – productive members of society who contribute to their community (especially with the Gospel). It costs us approximately $8 to send these books to inmates, so you can do the math but this is an expensive project (Expensive but Rewarding).
Is your church, family, or homeschool group looking for a ministry to get involved in?
L.A.M.B. Services Prison Ministry would be an excellent opportunity to get involved in the lives of California inmates who desperately need the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Prayers and monetary support are only two of the ways you could be directly involved in L.A.M.B. Services.
If you are interested in further involvement, you can contact Caleb Jenkins, spokesman for L.A.M.B Services, here:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone Number: 209-538-7758
- Website: www.lambservices.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LAMB.GoodEvil
Today, a donor from L.A.M.B. Services Prison Ministry is giving one of you readers
a chance to win a copy of No Greater Joy’s Good and Evil Comic Book today!
Most of us are already familiar NGJ and their ministry to Godly families. But if you’ve never read the Good and Evil Comic Book, here is a description of their book:
Sacrifice. War. Temptation. Betrayal. Hope. Redemption.
God chose to introduce Himself to mankind, not through principles, concepts, or doctrine; but through stories of prophecy, war, mercy, judgment, miracles, death, life, and forgiveness.
This is God’s redemption plan told chronologically from Genesis to Revelation. Those familiar with the Marvel Comic book format greatly appreciate this classic, high-quality, full-color art.
Our popular illustrated “Picture Bible,” Good and Evil, has been beautifully colorized by professional artists! This amazing book takes you through the Bible chronologically, retelling key events in an easy-to-grasp illustrated comic book format.
Each story page has verse references at the bottom so you can look in the Bible where those events are recorded or doctrinal topics addressed. Standard comic book dimensions, with 322 pages of fantastic color art.
You can find more information on No Greater Joy’s website.
So let’s have fun as we get the word out about this wonderful ministry that is
making an eternal difference in souls every single day!
The giveaway is open to US entries only and will run until July 5, 2013.