The National, Monday 3rd June 2013
By FRANCIS POKA
THIRTY prisoners in Bu-Iebi jail in Mendi, Southern Highlands, surrendered their lives to Christ after a week-long meeting organised by the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) church.
And 11 male prisoners were baptised.
SDA Mendi district director Pr Steven Yanara said it was the first time a large number of prisoners gave their lives to Christ.
He thanked Bu-Iebi jail commander Supt Felix Namane for allowing the SDA church to hold a week-long meeting for prisoners, prison wardens and their families. The meeting ended last Saturday.
Yanara said next year the SDA church would give its support to spiritual rehabilitation programmes at the prison.
He appealed to other prisoners to surrender their lives to Christ.
SDA programme coordinator Cpl Erick Anjo said their rehabilitation work at the prison was aimed at spiritual healing of prisoners.
He told prisoners that their mindset must change so that they would become good citizens again and even become leaders in their communities when they completed their jail terms.
Namane thanked the SDA church for its efforts in rehabilitating the prisoners.
He said there was an increase in the number of prisoners baptised, which was encouraging for the prison’s management.