The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God's Prison Ministry Group is donating more than a thousand copies of spiritual books to various correctional centre libraries throughout the country. Titles already donated include the international best seller by Bishop Macedo "Nothing to Lose", "V-Woman" by Cristiane Cardoso, "Forgiveness" by Bishop Macedo and many more. Prisons which have benefited include Grootvlei and Nigel Correctional Centres. Donations are still to be made to other prisons throughout the country, which will include Kutama Sinthumile , Mdantsane, Rooigrond and the Khosi Mampuru Female Centre.
Visiting the inmates on a weekly basis, the Prison Ministry Group saw the need for people to have books with spiritually uplifting content available in the library to help inspire and motivate them to make personal changes during this time of incarceration. Members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) were invited to sponsor books for inmates, and the overwhelming response has enabled over 1000 books to be made available for those serving their sentences.
Accepting the donation at the Grootvlei Correctional Centre, Mr. B Tlale from the Department of Correctional Services said: "On behalf of medium A and medium B Correctional Centres, I want to extend a word of appreciation to UCKG for the donation of these books to our library that will greatly benefit our offenders. Books like these that touch our inmates spiritually are greatly appreciated as it makes our job as correctional officials easier in terms of rehabilitation. Deeply from our hearts we extend our gratitude for the partnership which has been formed between the church's prison ministry team and the Department of Correctional Services."
"Nothing to Lose" is the first in a trilogy documenting the church founder, Edir Macedo's experiences, many of which have been extremely challenging. "The V-Woman: modern, in the old-fashioned way", written by Cristiane Cardoso, encourages women to embrace their value and worth and offers practical guidance on how to implement positive changes. The book poses the questions: "Do you want to be respected? Respect yourself first. Do you want to be valued? Value yourself first."
The Prison Ministry Group is currently running a life-changing course at Leeuwkop Maximum Prison based on the book "Nothing to Lose" which offers inmates guidance to help them learn valuable life lessons while they are serving their sentences. Following this pilot project, the course will be introduced in other correctional centres country wide next year.
Responding to the need to support families who have suffered grief and loss following their loved-one's actions and removal from society, the UCKG Prison Ministry Group holds regular support group meetings offering counselling and support to families of offenders.
For further information, please contact Nametso Mofokeng at the church's public relations department on 011 224 3400 or email .
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) is a contemporary, evangelical, Bible-based church, actively involved in numerous national outreach projects caring for people's spiritual, emotional and physical needs.
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