Sunday, April 28, 2013

Prisoner-Student-Pastor Geoffrey

Geoffrey and Carpenter John
The space Geoffrey occupies ends right at the door.

A small mud room measuring 8’ x 10’ is the place Geoffrey calls home. No longer does he reside in Bugembe Prison, sleeping with dozens of other men on the hard concrete floor, but instead he lives as a free man in the town of Bugembe. He proudly showed me his tiny place, where he now sleeps on a mattress set upon the earthen floor, and then announced that his wife stays there too. Oh my.

Twin size foam mattress on the hard floor.
Geoffrey was both the lead tailoring teacher at Bugembe Prison and the in-house prison chaplain. Careful and intentional discipleship by Carpenter John alongside a partnership with Surprised by Hope to deliver skills development programs and ministry led this young man to love Jesus. Read the letter he wrote to me after one teaching that touched his heart.

Geoffrey proudly shows his books,
purchased with your gifts.
Carpenter John found a missionary-based Bible school in Jinja town that allowed Geoffrey to attend for free – all he needed was requirements. Two families stepped up to help Geoffrey – to invest in his future with the hope of saving many lives through him. Mukama akuwe omukisa (God bless you)!