The wonderful message about the unconditional love of God has impacted the life of inmates at the largest prison in Dallas, Texas. This hostile place is turning into a place of hope due to over 500 men made decisions to follow Jesus.
Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church has announced the unconventional location for the church’s newest campus: a maximum-security prison.
According to Fox News, the Coffield Campus runs like any other church campus, with inmates serving as greeters, ushers, operating the sound, video, and audio, and leading the worship team.
One of the inmates says in the video “Gateway has really impacted my life because a lot of us do not have visits, and you guys comin’ in here and sharing y’alls love to us has really impacted our life.”
On Facebook, Samaritan’s Purse CEO Franklin Graham applauded the move and encouraged other churches to follow suit: “Now that’s a great idea, this church is setting a great example for reaching out in Jesus’ Names,” he said. “Lives are being transformed!”
“I challenge churches across America to pray about doing something like this for the prisoners in their area,” he added.
According to the Christian Post, Scott Highberger, a former inmate who now serves as the outreach and prison pastor at Road to Life Church in Michigan City, said “God often uses prison as a place of refinement and transformation for inmates”.
“To the outside world, prison is a place for punishment. For me, prison was a place to be alone with God, to begin a recovery process, to be away from negative influences, and to be stripped of everything. I found freedom in prison,” he said.
Morris revealed that Stephen Wilson, an ex-offender who went to seminary school and has been ministering in prisons for years, will serve as the Gateway Coffield campus pastor.