By JOSHUA MANI
TWO days before Christmas, two female inmates at the Bihute Prison in Eastern Highlands received gifts of Tok Pisin Bibles and a pair of reading glasses. Their Santa was known to them.
Christie Wahani and her group of three women visited the prison and gifted them the items.
“We have witnessed that the prison ministry has caused a hunger for the Word of God so to encourage their walk with the Lord we donated Audio Bibles, printed Bibles and reading glasses. We do this because the Word of God changes lives. We really like to see our fellow sisters encounter the Lord and leave the prison camp as new and transformed persons,” Wahani said.
Wahani works as an accounts clerk with the Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF). Every Wednesday after work she goes to the prison along with Priscila Jack, Annal Apo and Lotty Yani. Jack is a Baptist church member and works at the Goroka Stationary, Apo is a Christian of the Evangelical Brotherhood Church and is a former health officer. Their other colleague, Yani, works with the Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and is a member of the Fellowship National Bible Church.
In their visits, Wahani and the women lead the inmates in praise and worship and share the Word of God. They also encourage the inmates. Since the prison ministry started in 2005, the band of women have seen a great hunger for the Lord within the women’s prison in Bihute.
In her past visits, Wahani donated Audio Bibles and Tok Pisin Bibles from CRMF to the inmates who came to know the Lord. On other occasions, they donated guitar strings, toiletries, vegies and fruits with the help and support from the Evangelical Brotherhood Church.
“We praise the Lord that His Word is not confined to believers alone but can be shared to all, including those living within prison walls. We praise God for Christie (Wahani) and the ladies who take the time and initiative to share the Word of God to women at the Bihute Prison. We pray that they may discover the liberty, hope and love that Christ Jesus freely gave to all mankind,” the CRMF said on its website.
“It is this very reason that Christ was born during the Christmas season to give us an eternal hope, just as the Lord Jesus said in Luke 19:10, ‘The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’
The lost don’t just need finding; they need saving and the heart and love of God is for such and for all. The greatest and eternal gift God could give to men is eternal life and hope in Him.”
By JOSHUA MANI