Women Inmates Receive Grace During Easter Outreach

( [email protected] ) Apr 15, 2004 09:02 AM EDT

Volunteers from Operation Starting Line (OSL) and Prison Fellowship Ministries (PFM) visited four prisons in Gatesville, Texas, on April 10 and April 11 to host an Easter event filled with a Gospel message and worship to bring the hope of Christ to 3,600 women inmates.

Founder of PFM Chuck Colson and Mark Earley both delivered a Easter Gospel message at each of the four units.

The event was part of OSL’s Texas Easter Campaign, which consists of a plan to reach out to 32,000 inmates from 17 correctional facilities in central and southeastern Texas. The effort involves hundreds of volunteers from local churches and faith-based organizations.

The praise team included singers Justin Todd Herod, Mary Smith, Kelly Minter, Sherman Andrus, Larry Howard, and Leslie Kent, who all created a worship haven for the women inmates.

On April 16, Operation Starting Line, often called an “army of Compassion” will launch it’s South Florida-based prison outreach, involving 300 South Florida volunteers and more than 24 national faith-based organizations and ministries who will offer Bible studies and faith-based counseling to 21,000 inmates in 39 state and federal correctional facilities in South Florida.