12 New Believers Baptized in Maximum-security Prison in Guatemala

(Photo courtesy of Crossroads Prison Ministries)

A maximum-security prison in COVID-19 lockdown is an unlikely place and an unlikely time for spiritual revival. Or so you’d think.

El Boquerón Prison is one of three maximum-security prisons in Guatemala. During the pandemic, Crossroads Prison Ministries couldn’t get in with their Bible study program. COVID-19 had shut everything down, including access to the prisons.

Byron Aguilar, the director of Crossroads Guatemala, says they were able to connect with El Boquerón Prison’s chaplain, Miguel Castellanos.

Castellanos had graduated from the Crossroads Bible study program earlier in his career as a prison guard. Then he was transferred to El Boquerón Prison and now serves as the chaplain.

Through this prison connection and sovereign timing, God cracked open a door.

“The prisons opened for a brief time in about August 2020,” Aguilar says. “So during that brief time…we went there and brought Crossroads materials and Bibles and food. And we trained Miguel on how to run the Crossroads Bible study program inside this new prison with the support of our church here locally and the support of Crossroads USA…. Then shortly afterward, the prisons closed again.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh

CALL TO ACTION

  • Praise God for 12 new believers in El Boquerón Prison!
  • Pray spiritual encouragement for Crossroads Guatemala.
  • Pray for more prisoners throughout Guatemala to know the forgiveness and love of Jesus Christ