FROM THE RECENT CROSSWAYS NEWSLETTER

Pairs of graduates from the Angola prison “seminary” are sent out to become chaplains to satellite prisons. Angola is the largest maximum security prison in the United States. Naturally, the inmates are in prison for the long term.  But the Spirit of Jesus frees many of them to live meaningfully on the inside.  The Rev. Dr. Barry Kolb (First Lutheran, Texarkana, TX) and Ms. Cheryl Gieseke (Immanuel Lutheran, Belvidere, IL) regularly present CI workshops to the maximum permitted attendance: Fifty prisoners will study the Bible using The Divine Drama and another 50 will study The Parables of Jesus.  “The men at Angola are so appreciative of the materials; they are dedicated to learning and sharing, and these materials are perfect,” says Ms. Gieseke.