The St. Mark Episcopal Church in Harper City, Maryland County has presented several bags of 25 kilograms rice, oil and soap to inmates at the Harper Central Prison.
Making the donation Monday, 17 April at a brief program marking the turning over ceremony at the central prison, Father Ernestine T.Johnson said the donation of the food and non-food items came as a result of the church’s way of identifying with inmates for thisyear’s Easter festival.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is well noted for providing food and non-food items to patients at the J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital in Harper during the Easter festival every year.
The priest of the St. Mark Episcopal Church says the Lord haslain on their hearts to extend their supportive arms to inmates atthe Harper Central Prison for this year’s Easter festival.
The donation of the food and non-food items was follow by a special prayer offered for the inmates. Father Johnson is however calling oninmates at the prison to keep their faith in the Lord.
The prelate admonished the inmates that the Lord will one day intervene into their situation to set free so that they can reunite with their family, and love ones. Also speaking to this paper at the Harper Central Prison, several inmates at the facilities extended their thanks and appreciation to the Christian community of Maryland, particularly the St. Mark Episcopal Church that thinks on inmates as being humans in the society despite being held behind bars for different reasons.
The inmates say the fact that the church can remember them proves that prayers are offered for them and they believe that they will one day be released and become changed people in the society.
Meanwhile, authorities at the Harper Central Prison also lauded the St. Mark Episcopal Church for the gesture, and called on the church to continue such good will to the inmates at the facilities.
Officers at the Harper Central Prison are also calling on the church and the entire Christian community to start providing counseling to the inmates, on grounds that majority of them feel that being behind bars means all is lost in life.
“We believe if they are counseled on a daily basis, they will be healthy and worry on nothing until their respective sentences are over”, the officers suggested.
By George K. Momo/ Maryland-Editing by Winston W. Parley