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Hawaii Conference

We Have This Hope:

Wahiawa Church Prison Ministry By Jean-Marcel Clouzet

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ails and prisons throughout Hawaii are overcrowded—often more than 50 percent over capacity. According to officials, some facilities are more than 85 percent over capacity. There has been an 11 percent jump in the inmate population in since the beginning of last year, and officials say it keeps steadily increasing.1 These incarcerated men and women are in need of hope and restoration. The Wahiawa church has been involved in prison ministry on Oahu since 2011. This has been possible in part through the leadership and encouragement of head elder Dennis Grier. This past year, many members and friends of the Wahiawa church have joined his efforts and have started participating in a music and word ministry at various prisons on Oahu. Interested members were required to attend two days of training, which included an exam, to qualify as a participant in the program. Along with Elder Grier and Pastor Jean-Marcel Clouzet, there are ten members who are an active part of this ongoing program. On March 29, the prison ministry group was blessed when they visited over 150 inmates at the Halawa correctional facility. Some of the highlights of the program included Sisi Kong performing “Amazing Grace” on her violin, Leonetta SingletonPaguyo singing “Lahainaluna” and “Aloha Oe,” and Pastor Clouzet’s message for everyone, which was entitled “We are All Prisoners.” We do not know what these

prisoners are going through. However, we do know that as we ministered to them, they listened, they sang along with us, and they heard the Word. We do not know if they reflected on what they heard after the program ended, but we can pray that they find a way for God to be a part of their lives even in their present situation. Jesus promises us, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:15, NKJV). The members of the Wahiawa prison ministries team pray that they will be a conduit of that Helper in the lives of these inmates, even if only for a few hours. Future outreach events include visits to the women’s correctional facility and another Oahu correctional facility. Wahiawa church asks for your prayers for their prison ministry, that our brothers and sisters will experience God’s love and hope for the future as they see Jesus through us. 1 https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/ story/38076042/hawaiis-jail-overcrowdingcrisis-worsens-causing-tension-among-inmates/

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Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...

Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...