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  1. Mr. Schmidt,

    Shalom! We have communicated in the past before, and at that time I had several questions that you answered. Today, I feel compelled to ask you, how can I start a Messianic Prison Ministry. My heart is calling me to remember the incarcerated but there aren’t any materials online to assist with this endeavor. I do hope and pray that you can be of assistance. Thanks in advance.

    • Shalom Veronica,

      May Adonai bless you as you pursue this. I suggest you start by letting the Chaplain or Volunteer Coordinator at one or more nearby facilities know that you are willing to help. You will probably need to go through a background check and orientation before you can meet with prisoners. Then just go in with a Bible study. Make sure it is organized and that you have prepared ahead of time so that you are in control of the topic. For Messianic Bible studies, I think following the weekly Torah portions is a great idea, always tying it to Yeshua and the New Testament. For many years, my go-to resource for this has been the Walk! series of devotionals by Rabbi Jeffrey Feinberg.

      Be a little cautious of some materials you might find, and be aware of other groups that may also be in the prison system that some might associate with you. Among the largest are the Assembly of Yahweh (Buffalo Bill “Yisrael” Hawkins of Abilene, Texas) and the Black Hebrew Israelites. These groups teach confusing doctrines and can be very divisive. Don’t partner with them; go in and conduct your own Bible study.

      Finally, if you are going to a men’s facility, make sure you always go with another male volunteer. I would offer similar advice to any man going into a woman’s facility.

      Let me know how it goes.

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