About eight inmates have graduated from the Ambassadors for Christ Evangelistic Ministries Reform Training Program at the Gbarnga Central Prison in Bong County. The nine-month training program was intended to change the life style of the convicts to become productive in their respective communities.
The graduates, through their President James Chorwo, welcomed the reform program at the prison, noting that the training has helped to build their moral capacity in biblical counseling, conflict resolution, stress management and Christian life. They said after being empowered with such vocational education while in prison, they now look forward to making meaningfully contributions to the society.
In a brief history of the training program, Pastor Moses Mykpan said the Ambassadors for Christ Evangelistic Ministries were founded years ago to restore hope to individuals who have been found guilty of contravening the law.
He said the church was operational in major courts and detention facilities in the country, including the Gbarnga Magisterial Court; the Liberia National Police Headquarters and Bong Central Prison.
Most of the graduates of the program are inmates serving long- term imprisonment, among them Modesco Nyander, who was sentenced to death by hanging by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for murdering one Annie Kpakilah in 2007.
The convict was seen preaching as he held papers with various colors in his hands. “This gold color you are looking at shows how we will walk in the golden streets of heaven as Jesus Christ came and died for our sins,” he said in his message to fellow inmates.
Modesco expressed the belief that their sins will be forgiven by Jesus Christ as they work toward repentance. The program, held within the facility of the prison, was graced by representatives of UNMIL, local authorities and family members of the convicts.