From Jackson Sia
The sky was dark and gloomy as we drove to Biñan for the prison Bible Study. We were praying that the weather would cooperate. By God’s grace, the downpour did not occur until we reached our destination. Praise the Lord! God is in control. I was really blessed by His providence.
Prior to the study, we handed out gospel tracts to the visitors already there. We had a short chat with a jail guard, we inquired what the inmate’s needs might be. He answered,“toiletries…tsaka pagkain (and food).” In addition, we inquired what their needs were, he and the members of their detachment. The guard seemed surprised by the question, but at the same time pleased. He answered, “toiletries din (as well), tsaka (and) office supplies para sa (for the)office”.
The study we have the privelege of leading these men and women through is the book of John. On this day, we were wrapping up chapter 3, a narrative on Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus and being born again.
Most of the inmates seemed to be listening and were saying “amen” to what kuya (older brother) Doy was teaching. One may not be entirely sure if that “amen” was a real amen or a mockery. All we know is what Scripture has promised about the Word of God… “It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11. We were just as blessed seeing them intently listening to the gospel. Kuya Doy told me he saw an inmate become teary eyed. Why? Only God knows. Pray he would truly repent and his hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and many like him, that they would truly “repent.”
Read up, John 3:3-21
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Before leaving, we asked for their their prayer requests. Many listed down prayers for their families; and silently perhaps for themselves (as most of them feel lonely and neglected. ) As I read through their requests, it is hard not to have mixed emotions. It is a joy to read that they are putting their hope in God, but at the same time…they had to go to prison before realizing their need for God. Not religion and empty worship, but true fellowship with the Living God. “For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.” Luke 20:38
Pray for the inmates and their families, the jail guards, and for us. May people be regenerated. May God be glorified in this ministry.
P.S. Here are some samples of the inmates’ livelihood products. The wallets, however, costs as low as 60 and as high as 150. The rags are not yet available. Any income generated from these is used to buy the needs of the inmates and the facility.
October 8, 2016
…we just finished the Bible study at Biñan city jail, began by reading John 4:1-21. It was a wonderful scene seeing the men and women again closely listening to the Word of God. The study centered on the living water and worshiping in truth and in spirit. Both men and women gave their prayer requests and we were truly the one being blessed after the sharing.
Like the rest of the country wherein prison facilities are impacted by the influx of surrenderees, the count at the BJMP in Biñan is at 576 inmates occupying cramped quarters. Pray for these and those like them, God bless you all!
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God...” 2Timothy 1:8