Located one hour northwest of Baton Rouge, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is the largest maximum-security prison in the U.S. Over 5,000 inmates reside there. Many are fathers to a collective 20,000 children. Most are serving life sentences with virtually no hope of ever leaving.
The warden in October 2003, Burl Cain invited Awana Co-Founder Art Rorheim and then President/CEO Jack Eggar to speak to the prison's fellowship of Christian men. What they found was inspiring. The inmates recognized their role as spiritual leaders of their families and wanted an evangelism and discipleship program established to reach their children. The Awana Lifeline program was born.
From the seed planted at that one prison, Awana Lifeline has grown to include more and more prisons and jails. And from those prisons and jails our programs have now expanded to impact local churches and community-based groups. Why? Because lives are being changed through Jesus Christ.
Children desperately need their fathers and mothers to lead and direct them. And Awana Lifeline is inspiring and equipping men, women, families, churches and communities to develop godly fathers and mothers regardless of their circumstances.
The Malachi Dads program offers four books that guide inmate fathers to become godly men and fathers. Psalm One-The Blessed Man is a six lesson study written by the Malachi Dads at Angola.
The women's program, Hannah's Gift offers inmate mothers the opportunity to have a spiritual impact on their children's lives following the example of Hannah in 2 Samuel. This program has two books and Psalm 23 that is written by the women at Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women.
Today, Awana Lifeline has Malachi Dads and Hannah’s Gift programs in 58 prisons and jails in the United States and 8 in prisons internationally.
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