Logos Hope is partnering for the second time with Prison Fellowship Liberia, a non-governmental organisation which has worked in Monrovia for over two decades, providing services for people behind prison bars.
Crewmembers have been going daily to a local prison along with members of Prison Fellowship Liberia. For the over 1400 inmates, the conditions are difficult, with lack of space, water, food, and sanitation, as well as health issues.
Even though Prison Fellowship Liberia and partners have been able to mitigate some of those challenges, the organisation’s director, Mr. Francis S. Kollie says, “The challenge still remains huge. Especially when it comes to the welfare of our prison population... We are grateful to God that after the coronavirus, which has been devastating the world, at this very pressing time of need, we have Logos Hope with us.”
Teams from the ship are testing inmates eyesight and providing glasses where needed, setting up a library, donating sewing machines, giving out hygiene packages, shirts and water filters and even doing minor renovation works. Of course, they also spend time with the inmates to let them know how much they are valued.
A crewmember shares, “It was important for us not only to help them with material things but also to share how God sees them, because this truth can stay with them even when we leave Liberia. We met many inmates who got to know Christ in prison, and we could see how joyfully many of them sang praises to God as they felt freed of their mistakes in the past and are assured about God’s love for them.”
Mr. Kollie explains, “Many are in jail for minor things, misdemeanour cases, but they don't have a lawyer and they don't have family members still around, [but in the meantime] you're coming, giving them hope, giving them some relief, which is just so timely. We are grateful for the time you have spent in the prison. We can see the relief. We can see the smiles on the faces of our inmates and of our corrections officers.”