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Two Millionth Hygiene Bag Handed Out In Zimbabwe

by Joyce Meyer Ministries

Could shampoo, soap and a book really make that big of a difference?

This June, our prison team reached an important milestone passing out those very items. On a trip to the Harare Central Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, our prison team delivered the 2 millionth hygiene gift bag—which includes personal care items, one of Joyce’s books and an encouraging letter.

Since 1998, prison teams from Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions have been visiting prisoners across the United States and around the world, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and distributing these hygiene gift bags.

It All Started with One Bag
What has since become a worldwide outreach, our prison ministry started with one ambitious goal: Let’s reach every prison in Missouri. “When our son David first went to get permission, the prison system told him, ‘Nobody has ever done that—you can’t do that.’ But he was determined and prayed for God’s favor. Then, sure enough, he got permission to do it,” shared Joyce.

In December 1998, volunteers from Joyce’s staff and local churches worked tirelessly to assemble 25,000 gift bags in time for the scheduled deliveries. For the very first time, they would be allowed to enter the premises of every prison in Missouri, and personally hand each inmate an early Christmas gift.

The One Million Mark
In December 2004, Joyce visited the Farmington Correctional Facility in Farmington, Missouri. On that day, she presented Winston Redmond, an eleven-year inmate, with the 1 millionth hygiene gift bag.

Inside that bag was Joyce’s most popular book, Battlefield of the Mind. With a wide smile, Winston received the gift. “Battlefield of the Mind—yeah, that’s where all my battles start,” he said.

Reaching the Last Frontier
From those first deliveries 12 years ago, the prison outreach has grown rapidly. In fact, on a trip to Alaska in December 2007, the prison team achieved something no one would have expected after that first trip in 1998.

After many years of praying for the doors to open in Alaska, our team was finally granted permission and visited eight state prisons. It was on that trip that something truly momentous happened—the prison outreach had reached every state prison in the United States.

Reaching More Than Thirty Countries
Throughout the years, teams have visited more than 2,400 prisons in 32 countries worldwide. Not only have prisoners received these gift bags, more than 92,000 have prayed to accept Christ into their lives—a far greater gift than anything we could give.

Hebrews 13:3 tells you to remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners… Through your support of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Hand of Hope outreaches like the prison ministry, you’re doing just that. You’ve helped us reach 2 million prisoners with the love of Christ through a practical gift of a hygiene gift bag and through the message shared at each prison.

In many prisons, you’re also giving inmates the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through Joyce’s Enjoying Everyday Life broadcast. Joyce’s books fill many prison libraries and they are able to receive a free copy of the Enjoying Everyday Life magazine. Our Correspondence Department is also reaching prisoners with letters of encouragement when they write for prayer and help.

“All I can say is thank you, thank you to our friends and partners,” says Roy Lormis, Prison Ministry Supervisor. “Many of the prisoners we meet will never again walk the streets as free individuals, but because of your support, they are being introduced to Jesus and they can be free on the inside.”

Hand of Hope is the outreach arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.