The Holy Spirit dealt with the prophets of old and gave them direction regarding how they were to live their lives as examples of the Lord. He dealt particularly with the prophet Isaiah over seven hundred (700) years before the Lord Jesus came into the world as the Son of Man, as He revealed to Isaiah how the Lord Jesus was to accomplish His great intercessory work on the behalf of mankind. His dealings were to bring restoration and reconciliation between God and man, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to guarantee man’s way back to right relationship with the Father God. The great work Jesus was to perform was prophesied by Isaiah as revealed in Isaiah 61:1 "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."
This great plan of God, as revealed in this text, was the impetus which led Jesus to say to the Father, “prepare me a body, I’ll go!” These great words were spoken by Him because man could never have done for himself, what only God could do. Thus, while here on earth, Jesus showed us, via His example, how the plan of God for mankind was to be carried out. Upon completion of His work, He returned to the Father, and is seated at the Father's right hand, as He watches and assists us in the continued performance of this mandate for humanity.
AWIM is part of that great mandate, and to carry it out, on February 5, 2004, our Prison Ministry was formulated. A dedicated group of men and women banded together for the sole purpose of ministering love and life to the inmates with whom we are assigned by the Lord to come in contact. We began conducting services in the Cook County Boot Camp on the second Sunday of that same month, and each successive second Sunday thereafter, and to date, we have ministered to over 16,000 men.
Scriptural support for this ministry is found in Matt 25:34-36 "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me". Out of the Father’s great love for humanity, He continues to send us out to be God to the inmates, as He speaks through us His great plan for their lives.
To date, over 2,200 men between the ages of 16 through 36 have come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and as a result of their understanding being enlightened, they have confessed Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, thereby changing their lives for eternity. Additionally, these male inmates have experienced the power of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit during these Second Sunday Morning services. Additionally, AWIM's "Manifested Glory" telecast is being seen in many of the State Prison Houses, and numerous letters are being received from prison detainees who are being blessed, saved, set free, and delivered by our telecasts.
Praise God, as we continue to do this great work, we have the assurance of knowing that lives are being snatched as brands from the burning, but also of knowing that the Lord is pleased with the works He has assigned to our hands. We are assured of the realization of the promise of Jesus, as recorded in Matt. 25:40, which says, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Why not catch the vision the Lord has given us, and help us to continue to do this great work for Him. You may not be able to do this work yourselves, but you can help us to continue doing it by supporting us with both your prayers of intercession, as well as your financial support. In so doing, you will become a part of this great Prison Outreach Ministry also. See the Home page for where to send your donations.