Remember Those in Prison
As most of us have not spent time in prison, the author of Hebrews has left us with a difficult challenge when he said, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them,” (Hebrews 13:3). But what if you could step inside a prison cell and pray for persecuted Christians around the world? This morning I had the opportunity to speak to the students at University of Mobile and share about persecuted Christians and how their stories of faith and perseverance have impacted me personally. As I do every time I speak to a group of students, I challenged them to pray for our brothers and sisters, but I asked them to do it while inside a prison cell.
We have a prison cell that is a replica of one in which two Vietnamese girls were placed in for possessing 2 pages of the Bible. I left our prison cell on campus and asked students to step inside and spend time praying for those who share our faith but not our freedom. Before I had even left the campus students were inside praying!
My hope is that in spending time in the model prison cell the students’ hearts will be open the need to stand with their persecuted brothers and sisters and maybe help them relate, if even for a moment. If nothing else they will have a physical reminder on their campus for next several days to “remember those who are in prison.”
If you are interested in building your own prison cell email Connect@odusa.org to receive the instructions and building plan.