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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Sending Life Behind Bars

By Ken Horn
Apr. 29, 2012

“I thought my life had ended when I heard the steel door slam.” An inmate wrote these words to us, then detailed how the Pentecostal Evangel came into his hands. He followed the “ABCs of Salvation” in the magazine and made Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior, thus finding new purpose in life, even behind bars.

That’s the mission of Key Bearers, sending the life-giving pages of the Pentecostal Evangel behind bars.

Since the program began in 1996, generous readers have donated more than $2.2 million to Key Bearers, resulting in 10 million Evangels sent to prisons. This in turn has produced eternal results. At least 1,000 inmate readers have committed their lives to Christ annually since 2004. In 2008, we received 1,310 salvation responses from prisoners.

“My life is not the same since I read your April 13 edition,” one wrote. “I’ve decided to give my life to Jesus Christ.”

Others wrote: “Thanks for helping me come closer to the Lord and have a closer walk with our Savior.” “I just recently gave my life back to Jesus, and your stories have been helping me through the tough times.”

Chaplains frequently give us feedback, like this: “Pentecostal Evangel magazine is our best witnessing tool and is readily accepted all over our facility. The publication is a teaching tool used to encourage our new believers in Christ, which enables our brothers to readily share their faith with others, which produces spiritual multiplication.” “Our men in the confinement dorm, who can’t get to the chapel for literature, have repeatedly requested Pentecostal Evangel.”

Another prisoner explained: “Your magazine has brought hope, peace and understanding into my life. … Even though I’m in prison, I finally have hope and peace of mind. I’m looking forward to becoming the man Jesus wants me to be.”

One inmate summed it up: “Thank you, and all of those in God’s loving family, for not allowing the truth of God’s Word to be stopped from reaching those of us who need THAT freedom!”

And we at the Evangel thank those of you who have become Key Bearers. You have made this happen.

Ken Horn

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