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50 prisoners give their lives to God

Published: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017

At least 50 prisoners—some charged with offences ranging from murder to drug trafficking and others who have already been convicted—have given their lives to God after being baptised into the Christian faith within the past two months. Prison chaplain Wilma Kelly told the Sunday Guardian that as a result of this, her Way of Holiness Church has set out on a mission to walk through communities in T&T to transform the lives of people who are engaged in illegal activities before they reach to prison.

Yesterday, the group, which includes rehabilitated convicts, went to Rio Claro for a thanksgiving/prayer meeting and walk against crime in the rural community where drugs have been prevalent over the years.

“I’m a prison chaplain and being in the prison, I have seen a lot of men are giving their hearts to Jesus.

I am seeing this transformation, while people on the outside are still committing crimes. What we’ve realised is T&T is facing a spiritual problem, not a carnal one.

“In the past two months, we’ve baptised around 29 prisoners at the Port-of-Spain Prison and we are baptising 21 more soon.

Even in the Maximum Security Prison, we have baptised 17 prisoners and we are about to baptise another crew that is coming up again.

“Go into the prisons and you’ll find out how life is being transformed. Some of these men that have baptised are there for murder...

 

One guy said he committed a crime that involved two police officers and he is going to tell the truth,” Kelly said.

There have been countless calls by governments, past and present, to address crime, but Kelly said everyone has a role to play in saving T&T. This included other Christian organisations leaving the four wall of their churches and reaching out to the people who are at risk in their communities.

While it might be daunting to enter areas deemed as crime hotspots, she said it was important to understand the needs of people. She said when the members go to Laventille, some of the gang leaders point them to the needy families.

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