If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed!

praise     For this young man it means the freedom to worship in spite of the hostile environment in which he lives; a maximum security prison just south of Baltimore Md.  As a professing Christian he is constantly under attack from the rampant gangs as well as the large Muslim population. His faith is challenged daily and is often scrutinized by prison officials as well as his family and friends who consider it a “jailhouse religion.”


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     And though the incarcerated women usually aren’t subject to the violence that the men endure, the separation from their children takes it’s damaging emotional toll. But thanks be to God, He is able to heal their pain. I wish every Christian could get a chance to fellowship with these brave brothers and sisters. In Luke 7 Jesus teaches us that whoever has been forgiven much loves much and the Holy Spirit confirms that inside prison. Some of these people have committed serious if not heinous crimes, many are serving life sentences, yet when they receive and grasp the grace bestowed upon them, they are as humble and grateful as anyone I know.


ed-kevin Then there are the heartbreaking suicides. Though his hands are raised in praise this dear brother is no longer with us. Just a few months from release, after serving nine years of a twelve year sentence, he hung himself. He was a faithful member of the men’s choir, and excelled as the top student in his G.E.D. class but because of the stigma of his crime he chose to end his life rather than suffer what awaited him upon release. You may have guessed it… he was a convicted sex offender having fondled his own child while high on crack. His mother lived next to a school so he was prohibited from living with her. Halfway houses refused him, even Christian rehabs will not intake sex offenders. He was a dear friend of mine. Fear overtook him. Please check out our Vision Page as I hope someday to provide housing for any Believer.

Our Vision

Agape_logo       The U.S. Bureau of Justice has completed two recidivism studies revealing that approximately two-thirds of those released from prison were subsequently rearrested within three years. These re-arrests generate significant costs to society in terms of victimization and in terms of the cost to prosecute and supervise these repeat offenders. More than 600,000 prisoners nationwide, (15,000 here in Maryland), return home each year and a large number of these prisoners are released to communities that are already challenged by high unemployment and poverty rates.

The good news is that inmates who regularly attend church service and participate in activities such as Bible study are less likely to return to prison. Several independent studies have varying results ranging from 14 to 22 percent, however it should be noted that these successes were primarily due to continued church involvement upon release. We strongly encourage the local church body to actively seek out and receive those who are re-entering society.

We are praying for the lord’s guidance and provision to purchase a small farm in a rural location. “The Agape House of Refuge” will be a place for anyone who needs a roof over their head and hope in their heart.. More than just transitional housing, but a place that also offers life training. Being in a rural setting has innumerable benefits to both the residents and society.

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irs  Set Free Prison Ministry is a recognized 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Full Gospel Of Christ Fellowship.  We are an all volunteer ministry, there are no salaried personnel. All of our office and operating expenses are covered by membership dues. Your tax deductible contributions deposited in our general fund are used solely for the purchase of Bibles and various other ministry needs.

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