Some fruits of efforts to rehabilitate and reform offenders were demonstrated last Sunday at Zomba Assemblies of God church when inmates from Zomba Maximum Prison prayed with the congregation.
The church hosted the prisoners as one way of enriching them spiritually.
Two of the inmates—Wilfred Joseph and Patrick Khoviwa—surprised the congregation by reciting John 5: 1-47 and Matthew 15 and 16 respectively. The inmates’ choir also mesmerised the congregation with touching hymns.
“This is possible because of my commitment to reading the Bible and the support received from the prison chaplaincy,” said Khoviwa.
Khoviwa, unlike fellow inmates who are not demonstrating skills acquired in prison, promises to dedicate his time to preaching, after serving his jail term.
Senior pastor Chiudza Banda commended Malawi Prison Service for allowing the inmates to congregate with them, saying the prisoners’ talents have encouraged and spiritually enriched members of the church.
He said he did not know that prisoners could perform and touch their lives the way they did considering the tough situations they are going through in prison. He, therefore, asked church members to support the inmates.
During the service, Moses Pendame, a nine-year jail term ex-prisoner at Zomba Maximum Prison testified that MPS is really committed in transforming and rehabilitating offenders through various reformatory programmes.
After the church service, the inmates and members of the church had lunch together before the congregation donated assorted items to the inmates.